Heeey. My name's Eric. I'm a web developer, or, "I work with computers" if you're my wife and you're introducing me to your grandmother for the first time.

I sort of took a break from this site for a few years, and now I have a whole new name and a baby!

I'm going to try to write some more this year and share things that I like.

Right here. On this site.

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Is AirPlay an untapped casual gaming console?June 20, 2012

AirPlay is a funny feature. It's not the easiest thing to discover, but pushing that first YouTube video from your phone to the living room's Apple TV is magical. It's hard not to AirPlay all the things from that moment on. What can AirPlay do today? AirPlay was initially released as AirTunes back in 2010 , designed just for audio streaming from iTunes. In less than two years, it now supports…

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On Never Being Bleeding EdgeMay 29, 2012

If you write code for a living, you probably follow fellow code-writers (on your favorite following service of choice) and read what they have to say about the new shiny they are currently working on. You probably follow them because they often write about their new shinys. Their new shinys are usually really shiny, and when they release a demo of shiny it's really freakin' cool . You probably…

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More Stylish Content with Typography & CSSMarch 26, 2012

When Blog Better Boston asked me what I was going to speak about, I said "design hacks" off the top of my head. As the day approached and I thought more about my audience, I realized that the room would be filled with bloggers of varying degrees of technical proficiency. Something more general was in order. The presentation wound up being something of a primer on typography & CSS. I wanted to…

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The New iPadMarch 08, 2012

So Apple updated the iPad the other day? Yes. Retina display? Faster? Better camera? Yep. The last one was the iPad 2 right? Yes. Do you know what they called the new one? The iPad 3? The iPad HD? The New iPad. Right. Yeah. What's it called? The New iPad. That's what I want to know! What's the name of it? What do you mean? The name of the new iPad? Right. What did Apple name the new iPad? The New…

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Your startup needs the design process (not necessarily a designer)March 05, 2012

I recently read Lazy as a Turtle 's post Are you ready for the next stage of commoditization of web design? The author summarizes that we've already gone through one phase of design commoditization of web design: sites like ThemeForest can sell respectabile site designs at very low rates, relegating the web designer to a mere theme tweaker. The author then hypothesizes that the rise of…

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Bless this CSS Mess with CompassFebruary 29, 2012

I reached a small, nightmarish victory yesterday while testing some new styles on HipHost in IE: two of my CSS files surpassed Internet Explorer's CSS Selector Limit for a single stylesheet file: 4095. Yay! Fuck. Hm? What's this ? Woah. Bless is a node.js module that checks a CSS file for the IE selector limit. If it reaches it, it breaks it into smaller files and then links them all with…

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Messages.app Gets Cross-Device Notifications Just RightFebruary 16, 2012

Word of OS X 10.8 (kitty code name: Mountain Lion ) dropped today. The big summary is its a continuation of the iCloud-ification of your data across all devices. Part of the announcement was a beta release of Messages.app , formerly known as iChat. Now your iMessage conversation history syncs between your OS X machine(s) and iOS devices seamlessly. A quick test with a friend and it works as…

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Above the Fold in 2012February 15, 2012

Boss: Do we think if we make these changes that this content will now be above the fold? Me: You know, when I fold my laptop the screen shuts off and I can't use the keyboard. This is going to be the case for a lot of our users too. It's good enough content as stands; I really don't think its worth considering the fold. Yes, this is obnoxious. No, not all bosses can take a joke.

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Sublime Text 2 and Columns View and a WishFebruary 07, 2012

I've got high hopes for TextMate 2, which we know is happening for sure now. But Sublime Text 2 has been my goto editor for the last few weeks now. Plenty to like, plenty to loathe , but its refreshing and it comes in Cobalt . But being blessed with a 27" Cinema Display, one particular feature is providing that "I can never go back to a time before this" feeling I haven't experienced since…

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Bash Convert All Your SCSS (or CSS) to SASS in One LineFebruary 01, 2012

I've been using — nay, depending on —  SaSS and Compass for at least a year (I'll get around to contributing, I swear). At the time when I picked it up, I was not familiar with Ruby or YAML, so its indentation-based syntax took a little while for me to wrap my head around. But HipHost uses Ruby On Rails, so I've gotten to know and love Ruby. I took another stab at using the SASS syntax and…

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Metro UI's Creeping Influence on iOS AppsJanuary 26, 2012

Microsoft's Metro UI has been rightly praised as a breath of fresh air in the interface design world. The last decade of websites and apps has been highly influenced by Apple, whose skeuomorphism has been both ridiculed and praised . Microsoft's designers created a minimalistic but responsive and colorful design language inspired by the stark modernism found in public transit hubs. I've…

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How to be a Web Designer in 2012January 24, 2012

I recently read Tom Milway 's " How to Build a Modern Website in 2011 " and Andy Johnson 's article " Do We Really Need a New Web Design App? " back-to-back. Both articles deal with the current state of web design: the process, tools and responsibilities of a web designer in 2012. If you fancy yourself a web designer or front-end web developer of some sort, I encourage you to do the same. I'm…

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Jobs for NihilistsDecember 29, 2011

Maybe you should try LinkedIn?

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Web design deserves better tools than the crap we're stuck with nowDecember 01, 2011

As an industry, we web design-types are torpedoing into the responsively designed future while our design tools are stuck in the mockup-driven past. We now have the know-how to serve dozens of devices, resolutions and bandwidths with one codebase and a design that adapts to its device. The old flow of designing a mockup with a 960-pixel grid, getting sign-off and coding it up is dead . Dead, dead…

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You'll be missed, SteveOctober 06, 2011

Preface I am not a well-known web developer. I've yet to work on anything that made its way to the front page of any widely read blog or news site. I'm just a humble guy who writes a lot of code and moves a lot of pixels around all day. My voice isn't heard by many outside of the small circles of friends, family and colleagues I interact with on a daily basis. But this isn't stopping me from…

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Creating digital media on an iPad (2)September 22, 2011

When the iPad was initially release, it was touted as the ultimate digital media consumption device. Whatever you can see and hear over the Internet or on your hard drive was just going to be more enjoyable on the iPad for all sorts of reasons: form factor, ease of use, portability, etc. It took a little while, but a few multitouch-optimized production apps started to trickle out to prove that…

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I started writing (again)September 13, 2011

Around July 1, 2011, I left my job at a high-profile consulting firm in Boston, Massachusetts to embark, for the second time, on the path of indie web professional. The decision wasn't terribly hard. All the questions had really simple answers. Why'd I decide to go? I didn't care about the work I was doing. I never felt like I was doing cool or interesting work from both a development and business…

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