Idle Hamster

April 10th, 2012

How is 2012 Going So Far?


Uh oh! I just realized I haven't posted anything this year.

You may of noticed a nice coat of paint on this blog. I've been working on a new look for a while and finally got impatient and just launched it without finishing it. So if you see any weirdness its cause I'm still working on it. I haven't implemented a responsive layout yet because I'm researching a bunch of frameworks and techniques. I feel you need to do it by hand first then you can easily see the strengths and weakness of frameworks.

A few weeks ago I attended SXSW. Maybe its because I've been before there before, but this year didn't feel as cool as last year. I attended more technical sessions, but that's mainly because I did see as many inspirational sessions. The parties were crowded and if you weren't a VIP then you pretty much had to wait to get in. I'm not sure I would go again. Maybe I just need to find a super geeky conference instead.

Once again I travelled without a laptop and only my iPad. Its just an awesome device for attending conferences and travelling with. Sure if I needed to do a lot of work there it would of been a pain, but that's not why you go to conferences. Besides I found a decent code editor in Textastic, it's far from free, but it has a DropBox and FTP support.

I almost switched to Chrome earlier in the year, but I still get hung up on its quirks. Not to say Firefox doesn't have its fair share, but I'm used to them. If anyone knows how to give Developer Tools a shortcut or a toolbar icon and how to map command-enter to add www. and .com to url instead of control-enter please let me know. I'm willing to give it another try, although I still think Firefox has a better bookmark and history setup.

Other than that I've been slowly experimenting with new HTML5 technologies. Hopefully some of them will make it up on this blog soon.