After graduating from Illinois Wesleyan in 2010, I started working as a freelance web developer with a primary focus on small businesses and nonprofits in the Bloomington/Normal community. I recently accepted an offer to work full-time for Illinois Wesleyan.
Hulu has this nifty feature called “Ad Tailor“. The concept is great: tell Hulu which ads are and aren’t relevant to you and they’ll use that information to show you more relevant advertising in the future. It’s a win for users, since we don’t have to see ads for products we would never buy. It’s a win for advertisers, since they don’t have to pay to advertise to people who would never be interested in their product. And it’s a win for Hulu; at least in theory (I don’t know about practice), they should be able to make more money off of targeted advertising. The problem is, it doesn’t seem to work. I don’t drink. The only alcohol I’ve ever[…]
After getting a Fitbit for Christmas, I’ve been tracking my steps, Caloric intake and burn, and other relevant health-related data. As a means to hold myself accountable, I intend to publish much of this data on my blog each month.
I never would have dreamt that I’d get this envelope and it would make me appreciate the whole world anew. But I did.
I recently resized a background image for a client from 1500px wide to 2500px wide, and the new, bigger, image ended up being about 10 KB smaller in size. How did I do it, and why is this important?
After getting a Fitbit for Christmas, I’ve been tracking my steps, Caloric intake and burn, and other relevant health-related data. As a means to hold myself accountable, I intend to publish much of this data on my blog each month. (Here’s January’s data.) My best stats this month: 12,640 steps on Wednesday, February 16; 2,740 Calories burned on February 16; 11.95 kilometers on February 16; and 57 very active minutes on Monday, February 14.
I’ve had my CR-48 for about two months now, and I’ve got to say, I’m really finding less and less that I can’t do on it. The one real problem it has is video playback; especially on videos with a lot of movement, it skips a lot of frames. I’m selling my MacBook Pro to my sister and replacing it with an iMac. The reason I had a MacBook Pro was because I needed to be able to take something with me to meetings and when travelling. The CR-48 serves that purpose just fine for me now, so I’d like to replace one of the two laptops on my desk. The only thing I’m expecting to miss without my MacBook[…]
The idea for this blog post came from a reader just like you. All he did was send me an email asking for my thoughts on two-step verification. If you have any questions you’d like me to answer, or other blog posts you’d like to see, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org. Google recently enabled support for 2-step verification for its users’ authentication process. This is a great step forward for online security, and not because it takes longer for you to log in. We’ve all been told never to use the same password on more than one website. How many people actually do that? Probably about one person out of every thousand. Why? Because it’s too difficult to remember all those[…]
I’m not saying iOS isn’t great for users; it is. If you’re looking for an intuitive and aesthetically appealing user interface, iOS is the way to go. If you want more control over your own phone, go with Android. If you want to tell Apple that what they’re doing is anticompetitive, monopolistic, and wrong, go with Android.