Yearly Archives: 2009

Facebook Lite: Faster, Less Annoying

What annoys you the most about Facebook? Probably the sea of Mafia Wars notifications, quiz solicitations and other application-related things. What started out as an interesting idea has taken over the popular social networking site.

There is a fix for you, fortunately. (If you live in the United States, as the not-quite-finished feature isn’t available in other countries yet.) The new Facebook Lite was just made available to residents of the U.S., bringing with it relief to those who only want to use Facebook for it’s core purpose.

Facebook Lite

When you access, you get Facebook, but without all the extra stuff. There are no applications, there is no chat, and notifications don’t seem to be present. There are less images and JavaScript, and pages load faster than you can imagine.

You lose some functionality, such as chat and the ability to filter your news feed by category, but depending on how you use Facebook, it might be worth the cost.

Facebook Lite takes away everything that isn’t essential to its core purpose: social networking.

CSS-Tricks: Style a List with One Pixel

Chris Coyier recently released a new article that covers an ingenious CSS trick that puts me in mind of the days of 1-pixel spacer.gif files and tiling graphics meant to replace the <hr> tag. Basically it uses a one-pixel graphic and a bit of…

WordPress Theme of the Month: Visiting Card

Famous designer TimVanDamme designed his mini site and everyone praised it a lot for unique, beautiful concept. Usually it happens when you are really active on social media sites, you blog less. And his design was perfect solution for those who have a domain…

BlogBuzz September 12, 2009

Are Premium WordPress Themes Going Out of Style?

There has been some interesting discussion about WPblogger about premium WordPress themes. The author of the original post says “Premium WordPress Themes are Dead.” Ben Cook suggests that people aren’t really interested in buying an individual theme so much as a highly configurable theme…

Stack Overflow, Super User, Server Fault: Your Tech Questions Answered

Stack Overflow, Server Fault, and Super User are a set of interesting sites by Jeff Atwood, the blogger behind the Coding Horror blog. Back when Stack Overflow launched in 2008, Jeff described it like this: Stackoverflow is sort of like the anti-experts-exchange (minus the…

Is Excessive Bold Text a Bad Idea?

A common practice among bloggers is to mark out sections of text with boldface type in order to call attention to that portion of a paragraph. It’s said to be a reading aid, to make the article more skimmable. Is it really necessary? Should…

Gravity Forms

There has been a lot of talk about a new WordPress plugin called Gravity Forms lately. It’s one of the first major premium WordPress plugins, costing $39 for a single-site license and $99 for multi-site. What does it do? It’s a bit like the…

Security Alert: Upgrade to WordPress 2.8.4

Are you running a version of WordPress prior to 2.8.4? If so, you should upgrade now. There’s a major attack going around that targets older versions of WordPress. Lorelle has the full details. There are two clues that your WordPress site has been attacked.…

BlogBuzz September 5, 2009