Simple jQuery carousel, no plugins, rich content, interesting style

I'm working on upgrading the home page for a client site, and one thing they want is image-based carousels. There are plenty of websites doing this, where they might have an automatically flipping carousel, or might have a set of thumbnails and hovering the mouse of a thumbnail causes more information to show up. I'm experimenting with different ideas, and one I came up with is to have a set of thumbnails, each associated with rich information, then show a Hero sized image along with the rich information when one of the thumbnails is selected.

Review: The Past, Present and Future of JavaScript (Axel Rauschmayer)

You may have heard that the ECMAScript committee (that oversee's the standards for JavaScript) are working on the next version of the language.

Successful bloggers fill the Internet with valuable information desired by their audience

Pondering the "get rich quick by blogging" type book I just reviewed, I came up with this thought - Those of us who make a living "online" are earning our living by filling the Internet with more content.

Review: How to Make Money Blogging by Bob Lotich, a so-so book on pro-blogging

I'm always interested in improving my understanding of how to make a living from writing.

Chromebox for Meetings should decimate the incumbent audio/video conferencing market

Chromebooks are now being joined by Chromebox's, and we should start to wonder whether Chrome devices will represent a whole new wave of computing platforms. That is, will Chrome devices take a place alongside Windows PC's, Mac's and Android/iOS mobile devices as a major computing platform? I'm typing this on a Chromebook and have to say the experience is pretty good, enough that I haven't used my Macbook Pro for several days where previously I'd used it daily.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed manifesto says US is lying about war on terror

According to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, a primary mastermind behind the Sept 11, 2001 attacks, the US War on Terror is based on lies. Back in 2001, Pres. George W. Bush told us that al Qaeda had attacked us because they hate our freedoms. Instead, they attacked the US because the US is occupying the Middle East, because the US needs to be there to ensure the flow of fossil oil that drives our machines, because the US dedicated itself to a fossil-fuel-driven lifestyle back in the 1940's and 1950's.

Here's why net neutrality is important, and why the Internet may have died this week

net-neutrality.jpgThis week a federal appeals court overturned the FCC's ability to ensure open access to all websites. The details of what this means may get lost in the translation, but the image on the right encapsulates the problem very well. Now, with this ruling, Internet Service Providers will be able to block websites on a case-by-case basis for purely business reasons, and will be able to create a menu of addon "services" that we now enjoy for free.

VLC is a great way to transfer videos or other personal media to iPhone or iPad without using iTunes

We love our iPhone or iPad, they're beautiful machines, but try to do something Apple thinks you shouldn't do and you run into a brick wall. We live in a walled garden designed by Apple. It's a very pretty walled garden, but it can be frustrating at times. The example today is the desire to transfer those videos you own outright from your computer to your iOS device. Apple's preferred method to transfer stuff to an iOS device (iPhone, iPad) is through iTunes. The iOS devices are not, technically speaking, cloud computing devices, because Apple designed them to tether to iTunes.

Semantic authorship markup gives Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc more data, and better listing for your content

We're moving towards Web3.0 which is supposedly about rich markup in web pages. The idea is to help sites like Google or Facebook to know more about your content, so the content can be presented better in search engine results or items shared on social networks. Are you as frustrated by trying to get good quality share's into Facebook or Twitter as I am? Then you need to learn about implementing these features in your website software.

Fortunately it's pretty straightforward to accomplish. The basic idea is to apply straight-forward web markup in specific, defined, ways.

Review: Mobile HTML5 by Estelle Wyll

Mobile internet devices like smart cellphones or tablets are taking the computing world by storm.

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