Archive for the ‘General’ Category

IE9 Drops Suppost for Flash

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

It’s official, Flash is dead! Microsoft have effective killed it by siding with Apple, and dropping support for Flash video in its new, soon-to-be-released browser, IE9 (http://bit.ly/cxuVRM).

Along with Apples iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad devices, this has effectively made Flash a technology without the vast majority support it has relied on to dominate the web video market.

So will we mourn it’s loss? Well I’m sure Adobe are in crisis, but the ones I feel most sorry for are the Flash and Flex developers, who are now in a position that they are likely to have to retrain fast. As for the technology, it seems like flash was becoming an unacceptable combination of security nightmare, resource hog and accessibility nightmare.

There are many clouds in this silver lining though. Many sites will now need to start shifting over to html5, css3 and javascript rather than using flash. This gives an opportunity for designers and developers to have massive increase development over the next few month to a year.

The other upside is of coarse the possibility that Flash is the killer app., and that lack of support in IE9 will finally drive people to Firefox and other alternative browsers. My feeling is though that this is just the start and we’ll now see other browsers following suit.

What are your thoughts? Do you a Flash site that you feel can only be made with Flash, or are you happy to let it go?

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Master that Presentation by….Spending Quality Family Time

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

So you have a big presentation tomorrow and you really need to get it slick and smooth but you just have one night to do it in.

You could spend the night rehearsing and going over the slides to make sure you know exactly what’s coming up. I’ve got another suggestion for you, and this one will make your presentation really sizzle. Spend a bit of time with your kids!

At this point you probably think I’ve totally lost it, but let me explain why spending some quality family time can be good for you and your presentation. I promise I’m not going to hit you with any new age relaxing stuff either, although there is something to be said for relaxing and getting some sleep before the big day.

Ok, so enough dithering, how can spending time with the kids improve your presentation? Simple, you are going to read them their bedtime stories and in doing so you will improve your presentation skills no end.

Reading to children is the ideal practice for presenting in a way, that will keep your audiences focus on you.

Pick a good book with good guys and bad guys. I like something like Narnia, Harry Potter, Septimus Heap and the like. Then when you read put some emotion into it. Change the volume, pitch and pacing of your reading to match the story. Your kids will tell you when you are getting it right by giving you their full and undivided attention.

When you have finished reading, go back to your presentation and think how you can use the same techniques when you present that. You might even like to write comments about how you present on the slide.

When you get to work and make your presentation, use these techniques and you will see that your colleagues and customers will respond so much better to even the driest of subjects. You are showing passion, and that in contagious!

The final benefit is of coarse that your kids will love it. Not only will you be spending time with them, but it will be time they will enjoy.

What more can you ask for, a great balance between home and family.

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Brick Textures

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

Ok, so this is a strange one, but I spent a lot of time looking for just the right brick texture for the background of a website. If you need to do the same, I thought this might save you some trouble.

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Hello World

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Hello everybody, this is my first of hopefully many posts on the subject of web experience optimisation. I am going to try to keep this blog professional and full of interesting usability and optimisation tips, but if you want to know more about the people behind Webxopt you can read more at: -

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