A Web Design Crash Course: From Developer to Developer
- For example, on alispit.tel I use a dark grey for some text, white for the background, and then the rainbow colors for letters and random shapes.
- The same is true with backgrounds -- a pure black is often not the best choice -- a dark navy or grey will make your content easier to read.
- Making background images look good, especially with text on top of them, is really difficult.
- If you want to keep the full page background image, if possible, use a simple picture without too much going on.
- You may want to use a bright color, larger text, or feature that "call to action" on multiple places on your site.
- Emphasizing the important content will look different on every site, but it's important to keep the action you want the user to take in mind with each design choice you make.
Hear Music Clearly With Sennheiser's $2,400 Glass-Capped HD 820 Headphones
- Sennheiser’s new HD 820 headphones solve the one imperfection of the German company’s coveted HD 800s.
- See, the previous model has an open-back design, which gooses the audio but lets ambient noise leak in—and all of Bowie’s histrionic sighs leak out.
- This year, Sennheiser put a lid on the 800s.
- Two lids, actually: The high-definition dynamic drivers in the HD 820s are covered with curved Gorilla Glass panels.
- The caps’ concave design reflects errant sound waves into a resonance-abating absorber to keep the audio crisp.
- The music retains the detail found in the open design, minus the pesky leakage.
- In an elegant touch, the clear glass leaves the intricate, shiny transducers visible, like the rear crystal on a mechanical Swiss watch.
- Über-phones like these require a dedicated amplifier; pair them with Sennheiser’s HDV 820 amp (another $2,400) to hear “Ashes to Ashes” like never before.
Google Fit gets all-white redesign, new activity rings
- The new design features two circles that track "Move Minutes" and "Heart Points." Move Minutes are just the old step counter over time, but now separated Heart Points are earned for more vigorous workouts, as detected by accelerometers, speed, manual logging, and the heart-rate monitor of a Wear OS smart watch.
- Any minute of moderate activity above normal walking speed will earn a Heart Point, and Google says you'll get double points for "more intense activities like running or kickboxing." Before, Google Fit let you set any goal threshold for your activity, but with the redesign it is now more guided and is based on the US government's physical activity guidelines.
- Google's blog post says, "It takes just 30 minutes of brisk walking five days a week to reach the AHA and WHO's recommended amount of physical activity, which is shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, improve sleep, and increase overall mental well-being." This more-active movement offers greater health benefits than just incrementing a step counter.
We compared the ChefSteps Joule to the Anova — and it's clear which sous vide machine you should get
- Both devices are essentially long, cylindrical sticks that can be placed in a pot or other container of water, and then quickly bring the water to your desired temperature, allowing you to cook your meal with unparalleled precision.
- While the Joule doesn't come with an exhaustive list of recipes (you actually have to go to the ChefSteps website in order to get some instructions), the Anova app seems to feature a veritable tome of meal guides — you can see how to cook seafood, poultry, meat, vegetables, fruits, and even some desserts.
- It takes the Joule about half the time as the Anova in order to bring your water bath up to temperature and allow you to start cooking.
- While the Anova does have a higher maximum temperature, it's actually pretty unlikely that you'll ever be utilizing such high readings when cooking sous vide.
Nabisco 'Frees' Its Animal Crackers After a PETA Protest
- The cookie boxes belonging to snacking stalwart Nabisco are getting a redesign to remove the bars that caged the circus animal-shaped treats, thanks to a push from animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals or PETA.
- The little cardboard animal cracker boxes used to depict circus animals in boxcars with bars on them.
- PETA had written to Nabisco parent company Mondelez (mdlz) with a mockup design without bars and an explanation that circuses often mistreat animals.
- Illinois, where Mondelez has its headquarters, became the first U.S. state to ban circuses with elephant shows at the start of this year.
- and Barnum & Bailey Circus, once the “greatest show on earth.” Animal rights activists played a role in the 147-year-old circus’ demise, as did the public’s changing tastes.
Logitech’s Pro Wireless mouse is already an Overwatch League champion
- I’ve long been a believer that gaming mice provide the best ergonomics for all desktop PC use, not just gaming, but they’ve typically looked more like Logitech’s Lambo-inspired G502 (which, according to Logitech, is the world’s best selling gaming mouse ever).
- Profit has given Logitech a glowing endorsement, calling the Pro Wireless “a god mouse” that “helped [him] win the MVP.” He’s probably contractually bound to be so effusive, but the fact he chose to use this new wireless mouse for a game as hectic as Overwatch does speak to its responsiveness and reliability.
- Logitech also claims a 10x improvement in energy efficiency with this new wireless mouse, rating the battery inside the Pro Wireless to last for 48 hours on a charge.
- Logitech is today also upgrading its wired Pro Gaming mouse by putting the new Hero 16K sensor inside it along with the same 50-million-clicks mouse buttons as can be found in the Pro Wireless.
Nvidia Introduces New Graphics Cards as Competition Heats Up
- Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang isn’t making video gamers wait long for super-fast graphics cards built on the company’s new Turing chip design.
- On Monday, just a week after Huang announced the Turing design for new corporate server products, the CEO had good news for gamers, too.
- Last year’s Nvidia consumer graphics cards ran on a chip design called Pascal, now two generations old.
- The company made graphics cards for corporate customers based on a prior design called Volta, but it didn’t make mainstream consumer gaming cards with that chip.
- On Monday, Huang showed off a series of demonstrations he said were running on the new RTX cards, but did not offer much in the way of industry standard benchmarks, or comparisons to older cards from his company or cards from competitors like Advanced Micro Devices.
The best men's undershirts you can buy
- Note that the Uniqlo Dry V-neck shirts are not designed solely as undershirts and are cut and sized like normal tees.
- Natural fabrics are great for your daily staples, but as we've already pointed out, synthetic fibers have come a long way from the days of all-polyester shirts that left you feeling like you're wearing a plastic bag.
- Synthetic materials like modal are especially great for laying during athletic activities or if you want a really form-fitting shirt with more stretch to it than cotton.
- This means that, so long as it's styled right, there's no reason you can't pop on an "undershirt" with a pair of jeans for a simple casual outfit — and if you're the type that doesn't like to own a mountain of clothes, then a few good tees that can do double-duty as undershirts are nice to have in your closet.
I teach web development in college and have done so for 10+ years to 500+ students. AMA!
- I'm not sure I understand your question but when I compare studying in college with us or going through an online web dev course, the most important difference is being around like-minded thinkers for better and for worse.
- Online web dev courses are fine and I believe there's great value in them (I just released one on Docker for example), but when you are just starting out and have no idea where to start, it's not a bad thing to be surrounded by a guiding hand and other students who are going through the same ordeal that can be web development :).
- If you ask me, a good web dev course starts with the absolute basics and focuses on creating lots of stuff.
Nvidia unveils GeForce RTX graphics chips for real-time ray tracing games
- These are the first consumer graphics chips and their accompany cards that can handle processing for real-time ray tracing, a rendering technique that traces the paths of rays of light to create highly realistic animations to power games and other interactive animations.
- Last week, Nvidia announced its Turing-based Quadro RTX series chips would ship in the fourth quarter, and Huang said it would revolutionize the work of 50 million designers, engineers, and artists with hardware-accelerated ray tracing, AI, advanced shading, and simulation processing.
- Nvidia also worked with Microsoft, Industrial Light & Magic, and Epic Games to integrate RTX into their tech and create a real-time ray tracing demo, the Star Wars stormtroopers.
- Huang also showed a previously pre-rendered Epic Games demo, Infiltrator, running at 60 frames per second (effectively real-time) in another 4K demo on a single Turing graphics chip.