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Ibrahim Diallo

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2013

September

Reviving the blink tag

Reviving the blink tag

All the web browsers worth mentioning have depricated the blink tag. On Mozilla docs they say: Blinking text is frowned upon by several accessibility standards and the CSS specification allows browsers to ignore the blink value. Not that I have ever needed to use the blink tag but today I am going to show you how to bring it back to life.

August

Disorganized learning

Disorganized learning

There are different strategies to learn something new. With a book, some people perform best with the step by step pattern going from chapter 1 to 12, others jump straight to the section they need, and some others ditch the book entirely and jump in to the problem only to find that they actually need a book or some way to acquire knowledge. I fit best in the third group. When it comes to learning I am always in a hurry. A few years ago when I was still in school, I was frustrated with the pace at which we were going in class. I did slow down eventually eventually but this had lead me to learn things in a very disorganized way.

How about some positive detesting.

How about some positive detesting.

Sometimes I read blog posts that I completely disagree with. Sometimes the post is actually good, but the comments offend me so much that you can't go to bed without answering. I want to give them a piece of my mind. Tell the author he is an idiot. However I am starting to realize that you can learn a thing or two even from the thing you hate the most.

Ubuntu Edge campaign ends at $12.8 million

Ubuntu Edge campaign ends at $12.8 million

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It saddens me a little that the new Ubuntu Edge Project did not reach it's goal of $32 million but it didn't come as a surprise. It is a considerable amount of money and the campaign was most successful in the first few days. However the bar for the future of smartphones has been set.

Filter your user feed back before reading it

Filter your user feed back before reading it

Has someone ever told you that your product sucks? Has a customer cancelled his service because he found no use of it? Did you release your product to get feedback and your feelings were hurt? Believe it or not that's what people do and it's actually a good thing. That's the signal you will use to improve your product.

The comments are for my readers not for myself

The comments are for my readers not for myself

I hope this post doesn't turn into meta-blogging but since this idea is itching me I might as well get it out. It has been 4 months since I started this blog, after many unsuccessful ones, and I sure am satisfied. I have not written any master piece (yet) but people did seem to enjoy a thing, or two about what I have to say. By enjoy I simply mean that I had lots of visitors on those pages. The comments section says otherwise; and boy comments can be mean sometimes.

The key to a successful life: TL;DR. version

The key to a successful life: TL;DR. version

A simple and elegant solution

Use your phone to make phone calls.

Use your phone to make phone calls.

You can write emails, play video games, shoot a movie, take pictures, read a book, listen to music, tweet, see what your friends are doing, start your microwave oven, lock your car and much more with your smart phone. When was the last time you used your phone to make phone calls? Are there any reasons at all to use this little feature of your phone? Turns out it is the one thing that actually matters.

The fact is that your product sucks. Just accept it and improve it.

The fact is that your product sucks. Just accept it and improve it.

Most of your projects will be crappy. You just have to accept it so you can improve it incrementally. I am learning this first hand as I started mine a few month ago. I went on and checked the competition and was dissatisfied with theie services (note that this is what everyone say about their competitors). So I built a tool that provide the exact same result, but for a much lower price. I got a few sign-ups and then it became a ghost town. How did it happen? Well my theory is I built something just for myself.

That joy of starting a new project.

That joy of starting a new project.

I always start a new project full of hope and inspiration. Ideas just keep flowing. I start write the code. It is amazing how sometimes you are only limited by how fast you can type. Then comes the time where you have your minimum viable product or MVP and all the inspiration goes away. But then you start thinking about a new idea and the cycle repeats itself.

JS Tip of the day

Loading jQuery asynchronously

The recommended way to load jQuery is with a script tag. You place it on the bottom of your page and make sure every script that depends on it are loaded after.…

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