Matthew is a User Experience Designer based in Melbourne, Australia. When not designing beautiful user interfaces or speaking at conferences, he can be found regularly ignoring his blog, m-dash.
Adobe CS2 breaks Intel Apple Macs
Last week, I realized that we needed an Apple Mac for SitePoint’s upcoming Photoshop Anthology book. Being a PC-centric office, the poor old G3 that we use for browser testing was looking more like it belonged in an antique shop than up for the challenge of rendering a 300 page full-colour book, so we purchased […]
Web geeks + snowboarding = Snow Web 06
John Allsopp, one of the the organizers behind this year’s Web Directions conference, along with a couple of friends, is organizing a ski/snowboard trip in the Snowy Mountains this July, by the name of Snow Web 06. Snow Web is a long weekend in the Aussie snow at Perisher, Friday through Sunday July 28-30. Ski […]
WCAG 2.0 is broken–leave your comments now!
Last night’s presentation by Gian Sampson-Wild at the Melbourne Web Standards Group meeting about version 2.0 of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines brought home for me just how much of a step backwards for the Web this document is. If the current working draft were to replace WCAG 1.0 as a W3C-approved recommendation, then a […]
Atlas disappoints in cross-browser support
(via digg) An interesting discussion has begun on Leland Scott‘s blog following his testing of Microsoft’s Atlas AJAX framework in various (non-IE) browsers. The gist of Scott’s tests is that the Atlas code doesn’t work across all browsers. Most of the UI controls get a tick in the box when tested in Firefox, but in […]
Google Calendar: All Your Appointments Are Belong To Us
Google launched their much-anticipated Google Calendar today, dubbed CL2 (in beta, of course) and I gave it a quick spin this afternoon. There have been many cries for a decent online calendaring solution — so the question is: does Google Calendar deliver? Well, there’s certainly plenty to like about it. It has a slick interface […]
digg: anti-social software?
It seems that digg, the popular tech news site that relies on its community to promote links to its front page, is somewhat ruthless in its tolerance for other types of communities, in particular forums. Forum administrators beware! Apparently if someone on a forum starts a thread that says “digg my link and I’ll digg […]
Build Your Own Web 2.0 Application Using Fluff and Hot Air
So you have a great idea that you want to turn into the Next Big Thing? Well, jump aboard the Web 2.0 bandwagon! The momentum that’s building behind web applications means there’s never been a better time to start reaping the rewards of your hard work.
OSDC 2005 Wrap Up
The second Open Source Developer’s Conference, held in Melbourne this week, can be most simply described as a massive geek-fest. It’s probably unfair to compare it to the Web Essentials conference that I attended earlier this year, because OSDC is – in the organizers’ words – “created by developers, for developers” whereas Web Essentials has […]