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Blue Jays Franchise at 40

I’m a Blue Jays fan, so I read with great interest the linked article detailing the franchise’s start. I knew they had started out in the old Exhibition Stadium and didn’t move into the Skydome – now Rogers Center – until some years later. Got a chuckle at the use of a Zamboni on the field due to the snow.

Happy birthday, Blue Jays. Here’s to many more, and yet another successful season.

The new laptop, unpacked

Review: HP G6-2067CA Laptop

I’ve been overall pleased with my previous laptop, the HP G60-230CA, which I purchased in early 2009. A few years later, it’s still capable, but as observed previously is a bit weak in the graphics department. This was becoming apparent in some newer applications, such as Heroes of Might and Magic 5, which would run, […]

A Web Renaissance

The web has matured greatly in the last few years. The progression of web standards, improved browser support, the advancement of mobile devices, and evolving usage patterns have caused us to rethink how we publish content on the web.

Thinking back ten years, I recall the popularity of Flash websites, marquees, blinking text, autoplay background music, and garish animated background images. Anyone remember Geocities? We have been moving away from such practices in favor of lighter techniques. Advancements in HTML5 and CSS3 have reduced the need for coding interactivity or animations in JavaScript or Flash. Responsive web design has been on the rise and, given the proliferation of mobile devices, websites are gradually being developed in a mobile-first fashion. Accessibility and usability are being given more importance.

As our use of the web is evolving, so is our production of web content. I see the web as going through a renaissance period now. It still has a long way to go, but it’s much better than the web of fifteen years ago.

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