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Category Archives: Technical

Technical articles for programmers, software developers, and systems administrators.

Git Recipes

This is a placeholder for things I do in git which I have to look up often. Remove a branch from git git push origin –delete branch_name git branch -d branch_name If there are unmerged changes which you are confident of deleting: git branch -D branch_name References article how to remove git branches.

“Shining up a turd” , or Visual design vs. Code quality

I believe people¬†experience¬†software usually across two main dimensions, which is a sliding scale: Visual design: Polished to Primitive Polished: Cool slick, and well styled cohesive and easy to use. Most Apple products fall into this vein. Primitive: The controls are there, the aesthetics sure aren’t, but gets the job done. I’m thinking the airline reservation […]

Adobe products are buggy. Bring on HTML 5!

I’m starting to think that Steve Jobs is right, mostly about reliability, security and performance of Adobe products. Maybe I’m just following his lead, but for the money I’ve spent on their product

Google’s Public DNS snaps up more of your browsing habits

Google recently added a Public DNS service. For a good definition of DNS, check our new wiki. In short: DNS is how your computer figures out where a web server is located when you type in any web address by your computer, meaning:

Tutorial on Top-Level-Domain Names, Cookies, and Privacy

Ever notice that when you sign into, oh, say, Gmail, you sign in at www.google.com? What’s up with that? The reasons are technical, but it should be noted that when more and more traffic goes through the same domain name, you should wonder why. Before I go off the nerd deep-end, if you don’t know […]

Yahoo Analytics Tracking Parameters: Whoops

A quick post regarding Yahoo! Analytics tracking parameters. Our conversion tracking software recently added support for Yahoo! Analytics tracking parameters, which, according to

Google sees 92% of “top” web traffic

I had to write after reading this article in the New York Times. In short, Google “sees” 92 percent of online traffic for the top 100 internet sites. Other big boys, Atlas (60%), Omniture, and Quantcast (54% – I assume combined) don’t even get

Automatically determining PageRank, or, unsigned integers in PHP

Market Ruler, LLC develops software for web marketers – and as such, I’m always on the lookout for new technologies to make life easier on the PPC and SEO crowd. I recently took the SEOMoz toolset for a spin, and in one of their tests, I saw that they automatically checked the Google PageRank of […]

Chrome problems with window focus (workaround)

Found a workaround for a window focus problem with Google’s Chrome browser.

DKIM TXT Records in DNS exceeding 255 characters

Wow. It’s 2009, and apparently DNS can only support reading configuration file lines which are not greater than 255 characters. I received the following error