I use many of these plugins on a daily basis and would recommend them to any web developer.
Firebug allows you to inspect elements on a web page and see the associated attributes. You can edit in real time allowing you to quickly make changes to an elements colour, position, border or behavior.
Firebug has a number of extensions that will be covered later on in this article.
Clicking display alt tags under the images menu is a quick way to see if you have missed any. The resize menu lets you test your site in different resolutions.
Extended statusbar is useful to way to see how large a page is to download and how long it takes to load. I often use this to help monitor slow loading pages.
Colorzila allows you to mouse over elements on the screen to see the colour. Its very useful if you need to match a colour or check a colour is correct.
(Note US spelling 'color').
MeasureIT simply allows you to measure elements on a screen and gives you the measurement in pixels. Very useful for checking the height of objects, text spacing and the overall width of the page.
An easy way to take screen shots of a page. Especially useful if the page includes scroll bars as it saves you copying and pasting multiple screen shots together.
YSlow shows you various options on how to speed up your website. Clearly not all are suitable/cost effective for a website such as ImAFish however many are very relevant. Each item is given a rating from A to F and a full explanation on how to implement. YSlow is developed by Yahoo.
8. Page Speed
Linkification is a simply little plugin that converts any URL on the screen into a clickable link. Quite useful for those times someone has forgotten to turn a URL into a link.
10. IE Tab
IE Tab is a nice plugin to test your page in Internet Explorer without actually having to open the Browser. It's also useful if you want a fresh session for a website without having to open another browser.
Here are some of my top tips for additional OS X functions, most have come from my experience at home and work.
1. Plugging in a TV or Second Monitor
Most Mac models come with an external connector for attaching additional screens (normally a mini DVI connector). From this you need a mini DVI to DVI connector then another cable to plug into your screen, this can be a DVI to VGA cable, DVI to DVI cable or as I have a DVI to HDMI cable. All the cables are very cheap and can normally be picked up from Ebay.
OS X should automatically detect the second screen plugged in and you can open system preferences to adjust the resolution. You may have to play around with the settings, my 26" LG HD TV looks best on 1280 x 720 rather than its native resolution.
I've had my iMac plugged into my TV for the past 6 months and people still think its cool how I can move my mouse from one screen to another.
2. Sharing your Internet over Wireless.
While I was at University our local cable supplier didn't give out free wireless routers so to save buying one I shared the Internet out through my iMac's wireless. In Leopard the Internet can be shared from the Sharing section in System Preferences.
3. Bluetooth Internet Through Your Phone
It usually takes ISP's about two weeks to put ADSL on a phone line. Clearly I couldn't be without Internet for two weeks so I turned to my mobile phones provider (T-Mobile) to hook me up to the net. Now that 3G signal is well established (and I have a 3G phone) I got speeds of around 3mb for
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Our recent article - 21 Ways To Develop Cancer has caused quite a stir with a number of sceptics and people with first hand experience with electro magnetic radiation (EMR). A number of comments suggested we talk about how to avoid EMR where possible. Certain people are more sensitive to EMR than others, in a similar sort of way to how pollen effects only certain people. The effects of EMR can be as simple as headaches to life threatening cancer. It is impossible to cut out EMR from our daily lives however we can minimise our exposure to it, with the help from Safe Living Technologies and the guest writer of the previous article - Martin Weatherall I have compiled this list of advice to minimise exposure.
- Avoid living near a mobile phone masts or radio/TV transmitters.
- Avoid using cordless phones, especially DECT phones as these transmit radiation even when not in use.
- Avoid using wireless baby monitors or wireless security systems, where possible hard wire them in.
- Where possible do not use wireless routers - use CAT5 cable.
- Where possible use your mobile phone on hands free but without a Bluetooth headset. Aviod using a mobile phone in your car without an external antenna as the radio waves will be reflected back at you from the metal chassis. If your phone has poor signal in the car an external antenna should improve your call quality too.
- Only use a mobile phone or cordless phone for emergency calls only, use a corded phone for all regular conversations. Avoid using a mobile phone if pregnant and do not allow a child under 16 to use a mobile phone at all.
- Try not to keep your mobile phone in the same pocket all the time, if possible keep it away from the body in a bag or on a desk. Otherwise rotate it around the body.
- Avoid using the Microwave, it doesn't do anything good for your food anyway and will flood adjacent rooms with radiation.
- Minimise the number of electronic devices around your bed, this can include lights, alarm clocks, telephones, extension cords and electric blankets. Battery operated devices such as an alarm clock are good replacements.
- Make sure you don't sleep near your fuse box or distribution box.
- Avoid living near or under high voltage power lines. The same goes for electric sub-stations and transformers.
- Avoid all unnecessary exposure to x-rays and CT scans.
- Drive cars that have low electro magnetic fields.
- Make sure electronic devices are grounded (this is not such a problem in the UK as we have three pronged plugs unlike the rest of Europe and America).
- Avoid using a dimmer switch in the house as these emit high magnetic fields and cause dirty electricity.
This article from Safe Living Technologies provides a lot more detail about how to cut down your exposure to EMR.
Most successful Actors & Actresses at the Oscars
The 2019 Oscars is fast-approaching with the 91st Academy Awards taking place in under a week. Undoubtedly, the most highly-anticipated event of awards season, winning a little gold man can do wonders to propel an actor’s career – or further highlight why they are the biggest in the industry. With Best Actor and Best Actress the most sought-after titles, we take a look back at those with the most success.
Most successful actor
With six nominations and three wins (all for Best Actor), Daniel Day-Lewis is the most successful actor at the Oscars. With a career spanning five decades, it wasn’t until the ‘90s that Day-Lewis received his first nomination (and win) for his role in My Left Foot in 1990. In 1994, he lost out to Tom Hanks and tasted defeat again in 2003 to Adrien Brody – before two wins in 2008 (There Will Be Blood) and 2013 (Lincoln). He lost out again at last year’s awards to Gary Oldman, but has a 50%-win rate and is the most successful actor, so we’re sure he doesn’t mind.
Most successful actress
In her 66-year career, Katharine Hepburn is the most successful actress in Oscar history – with four wins under her belt (all in the Best Actress category) and a massive 12 nominations. Like Day-Lewis, Hepburn won her first award with her very first nomination – in 1934 for Morning Glory. After several nominations without success, the ‘60s were her best years, winning back-to-back awards in 1968 (Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner) and ’69 (The Lion in Winter) – the latter being the most memorable, as she shared the win with Barbra Streisand. As well as holding the record for the most Academy Awards, Hepburn also holds the record for the longest time span between first and last nominations (48 years).
Other successful actors & actresses
Meryl Streep: 3 wins / 21 nominations – Meryl Streep received her first nomination in 1979 for Best Supporting Actress in The Deer Hunter and the following year, she won the award for her role in Kramer vs. Kramer. She has since won two Best Actress Oscars, most recently in 2012 (The Iron Lady) but holds the record for the most nominations of all-time.
Jack Nicholson: 3 wins /12 nominations – Jack Nicholson is the actor with the most Oscar nominations of all-time and tied with Daniel Day-Lewis for most wins (three). However, Nicholson has only one won award in the Best Actor category and two as Best Supporting Actor. His first – and only – win came in 1976 for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and his success continued over the subsequent decades with wins in 1984 and 1998.
Ingrid Bergman: 3 wins / 7 nominations – in a film career spanning five decades, Ingrid Bergman is best-known for her role in Casablanca, which in a controversy for that year, saw her absent from nominations. However, she had success in the 1940s and ‘50s, picking up two Oscars (Best Actress in 1944 for Gaslight and 1956 for Anastacia) – and her hattrick of Oscar wins came in 1974 (Murder on the Orient Express).
Walter Brennan: 3 wins / 4 nominations – Walter Brennan began life as an extra, but had success during the 1930s and ‘40s, winning three Best Supporting Actor Oscars. His first came in 1936 for Come and Get It, and he made it three wins from three nominations with awards in 1938 (Kentucky) and 1940 (The Westerner). Brennan remains one of only three actors to win three Academy Awards.
This year’s nominations
Lead Actor Lead Actress
Christian Bale – Vice Yalitza Aparicio – Roma
Bradley Cooper – A Star is Born Glenn Close – The Wife
Willem Dafoe – At Eternity’s Gate Olivia Colman – The Favourite
Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody Lady Gaga – A Star is Born
Viggo Mortensen – Green Book Melissa McCarthy – Can You Ever Forgive Me
Betfair have all the latest odds, including front-runner for Leading Actress at this year’s Oscars.
Online gaming is becoming more and more popular throughout the world but especially in Europe. Almost 6 million people in Europe have visited online gaming sites in January this year, this is over double from the previous year according to the net measurement firm Nielsen/NetRatings.
France and Germany are the leading two countries with Holland close behind. Britain is a bit further down the list with around 1.1 million gamers. The jump in figures is said to be because of better gaming technologies and the uptake of broadband internet access.
Games being played vary from simple card games to more advanted games such as Everquest and Ultima Online. Counter Strike is still the number 1 game played online but it will have tough competition in the future from newer services such as Xbox Live which will be launching in Europe very soon.
The massive online game Planetarion will be starting round 9 later this month and has big plans for round 10 in the summer, they are hopeing for a good slice of these 6million players in Europe alone so that they can get a good influx of new players to their game. Planetarion recently was brought out by the gaming giant Jolt who hope to make the game profitable and give the gamers what they want.
Online gaming is still very much a male activity at the moment according to Nielsen/NetRatings with 2.5 as many men gaming then women. In the Netherlands, a well-established broadband and gaming market, women are fast catching up however, a sign that gender differences may break down over time.