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The Problem

Teaching web design to the “Designer” type, I’m constantly explaining to them why we can’t use all of our fancy design fonts we have on our computers when we design for the web. Luckily for us over the last couple years, the modern web has given us more tools to get a richer design experience. I’ve known about @font-face for a while but haven’t really pointed students in that direction in part because of the inevitable cross-browser issues.

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Night of the Living Flash


Flash is dead . . . again . . . yawn

This week has been a bit of a roller coaster in the Flash Community reminiscent of the shot heard round the world when Steve Jobs announced no Flash Support on Apple’s iOS devices. For those who are not familiar with what’s happened, Adobe announced it is ceasing development on the mobile version of Flash Player. There are a lot of takes on what has happened, and people are not afraid to share them, so not to be left out here are mine.

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PDF to iPad Without the Cord

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If you’re looking for an easy way to get PDF documents from your desktop computer to your iPad, without messing with cords or the hassle of iTunes, this tutorial is for you.

First thing you’ll want to do is to check out Dropbox. Dropbox is a free and secure service that lets you store files in the cloud. The files are not only accessible through the web, but also synced to a shared folder on any computer or device that you install the Dropbox application to. You can sign up here to get set-up with a free account.

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Load a PDF into Apple’s iBooks


With increasing customer demand and questions surrounding “will your books work on the iPad” I’ve been able to get a test device through work. The most asked question is how to actually “get” the books onto the iPad. There are a couple ways, but the easiest in my experience is to bring optimized PDF’s into Apple’s preloaded reader application, iBooks. Here’s how it’s done:

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Droid 2 Hard Reset

Droid 2 Hard Reset

I recently got a droid 2 to use as a test device as I begin experimenting in mobile application development.  I wanted to start with a fresh slate and eliminate all of junk applications and settings that were previously loaded on the device. Having gotten the device second hand, and not having any plans in the near term to change cellular service carriers, the last thing I wanted to do was to go to the local Verizon shop and deal with a sales person to get help in doing a hard reset. As I began searching the internet thinking there would be easy directions somewhere, I quickly realized how fragmented things were. After an exhaustive search, and hours and hours of experimentation, with the help of @brianjoho, we finally figured out how to do the hard reset and access the phone without the need for a service contract. Hoping to turn our pain into some useful insights for the next person, the following are step-by-step directions for anyone wishing to do a hard reset on their Droid 2.

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What the Flash!

WTF! - What The Flash!

To most, Flash is just something online that lets you see really cool websites and videos. Many people have heard the term “Flash” being thrown around in the media over the summer. To my delight, this extra media coverage has gotten a few of my students, friends and colleagues asking “What exactly is Flash?”  and has given me the opportunity to let them know a bit more about the technology.

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