Pinterest Tuesday, Apr 30 2013 

Pinterest is similar to earlier social image bookmarking systems based on the same principle, such as David Galbraith’s 2005 project Wists. It allows users to save images and categorize them on different boards. They can follow other users’ boards if they have similar tastes. (Or not?) Popular categories are travel, cars, food, film, humor, home design, sports, fashion, and art.

Development of Pinterest began in December 2009, and the site launched as a closed beta in March 2010. The site proceeded to operate in invitation-only open beta.

Silbermann said he personally wrote to the site’s first 5,000 users offering his personal phone number and even meeting with some of its users.

Nine months after launch the website had 10,000 users. Silbermann and a few programmers operated the site out of a small apartment until the summer of 2011.

Early in 2010, the company’s investors and co-founder Ben Silbermann tried to interest a New York-based magazine publishing company in buying Pinterest. The publisher declined to meet with the founders.

When Pinterest’s popularity began to skyrocket in mid-2011, retailers were quick to recognize its potential as a sales driver, giving rise to the phrase “Pinterest commerce,” which, like participatory commerce, has sometimes been abbreviated to “p-commerce.”

Pinterest itself has not yet enabled selling on its site, but retailers continue to run tests to see if they can convert the network’s more than 48 million users to customers. Some retailers, have found that visitors from Pinterest are more likely to make a purchase and to spend more than those referred by other social networks, including Facebook and Twitter. (Customers are personally involved w/ product).

Should You Use “P-Commerce”?

No. Not only will you sound like a tool, (? Ratchet or hammer?) There’s a good chance no one will know what you’re talking about.

Related Terms

Social commerce: E-commerce that involves social media, either in driving a customer towards purchase, or involving a customer socially during a transaction (the latter of which is also referred to as participatory commerce).

Pinfluencer: A Pinterest user with a large following, or reach, on the network.

Pinnable: An object, such as a photo or article, that can be pinned to (i.e. bookmarked on) Pinterest.

Mashable composite, image via iStockphoto, ryccio, and logo courtesy of Pinterest.


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The CSS-Tricks License Monday, Apr 29 2013 

The CSS-Tricks License


I don’t give two hoots what you do with any of the design or code

you find here.

Martins comment:

I like this guy!

Preventing the Performance Hit from Custom Fonts Wednesday, Apr 24 2013 

Preventing the Performance Hit from Custom Fonts

The issues are:

1) custom fonts are awesome and we want to use them

2) custom fonts slow down our pages by being large additional resources.

I did a google search for  @ font face and got 121,000,000 hits!

If you use @font-face but don’t ever apply that font-family, the font won’t be downloaded. Pretty smart, browsers.


@font-face is a css rule which allows you to download a particular font from your server to render a webpage if the user hasn’t got that font installed. This means that web designers will no longer have to adhere to a particular set of “web safe” fonts that the user has pre-installed on their computer.

Some browsers support @font-face, some do not. The latest versions of Safari and Firefox and Google Chrome support @font-face and Opera is planning to support it soon.


These are not shiny and flashy web pages, but are very interesting if someone is going to create web pages!

Otherwise, it’s really boring.

@ font

North Korean Missile Test Delayed by Windows 8 Tuesday, Apr 16 2013 

NKOREA-MISSILENorth Korean Missile Test Delayed by Windows 8

North Korea has been making so much noise about how great they are and how evil the USA is and the best they can do is use American Capitalist products.  Without even testing it?  OMG these people have nuclear weapons.  There usage is based on Microsoft products.  We are in trouble!

Stolen Laptop Sends Mystery Pictures from Iran Friday, Apr 12 2013 


Dom Deltorto, a London-based animator had his laptop stolen from his flat, (a one story apartment) in early February. 

Deltoro had installed Hidden App, a $15 piece of Mac software that lets you track a stolen machine the next time it connects to the Internet. It can send you pictures of its new owners from the built-in camera, and let you take screengrabs of what they’re doing on the desktop.When it did show up, Deltoro found it was in Tehran. 

Iranian police are of no help for crimes committed in London, so Deltoro started a tumblr called “Dom’s laptop is in Iran,” devoted to pictures of the laptop’s new owners. He found a family playing Jenga, listening to music, and wearing what was likely unintentional headgear (see above). The Tumblr went viral Thursday, April 7.

This Tumblr is now password protected.  Where is Aladdin and his genie when you need them?


Fiber Optic Safety Vest Makes Night Running Safer Thursday, Apr 11 2013

Staying visible at dusk is a key concern for cyclists, pedestrians and runners on the road. One Kickstarter project brings eye-catching illumination to the streets with fiber optic safety vests designed to alert drivers to your presence, before you do damage to the front of their vehicle!


Camille Bautista (edited)

Pop Hovers Tuesday, Apr 9 2013 

Pop Hovers

A website ( has text boxes that have a white background with text.  As you hover over the box, the background changes to black and the text changes colors.  As you leave the box, the colors and text return to their previous state.  You can vary these effects.  Another well done web page worth checking out that uses this technique is ABAP HELP (

Nomad Espresso Machine Delivers Hot Brew Anywhere, No Electricity Required Monday, Apr 8 2013


Nomad Espresso Machine Delivers Hot Brew Anywhere, No Electricity Required.  Espresso lovers, you’ll have to agree, there’s nothing quite like a steaming cup of that seriously strong coffee in the morning. But sometimes it’s just not available, and that’s where the Nomad Go Everywhere portable espresso machine excels.  As long as you have access to hot water, you can press out some bracing brew in no time flat. As long as you have access to hot water, you can press out some bracing brew in no time flat. It’s a simple matter of loading up that finely ground dark brew that you crave so much, then pressing hot water through it. After all, “press” is the root of the word espresso, and it works just as well when you do it by hand as it does when it’s accomplished electronically. And with this Kickstarter project, there’s no electricity involved, except in the heating of the water, which you’ll likely have the capability to do, even when you’re camping. In a pinch, you could use the hottest tapwater, but the machine’s makers recommend using water at near-boiling temperature. SEE ALSO: Incredible Coffee Art Takes Lattes to a Whole New Level About the size of a 6-inch cube, the Nomad Go Everywhere can pack nicely in your RV or camping kit, and just like manual lever machines, it can produce nine bars of pressure, thanks to your own minimal physical effort as you actuate that pump lever. I’m most interested in what the company calls its proprietary “True Crema Valve,” which makes it so that “anyone can make great espresso and coffee without having expensive grinding equipment and extensive training.”

Repoll! Whose Responsibility is “Mobile” Design? Wednesday, Apr 3 2013 What is your opinion as to the web designers role in mobile design? If you have to decide where more responsibility lies, you would say: It is my job to make sure the website looks and functions well on mobile devices. It is the mobile devices job to make sure my website looks and functions well.

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