I'm a web developer with enough proven abilities to develop good stuff that end users like. I'm employed, but want to start a business with a couple of friends with complementary skill sets in the technical side of things. We'd like to create one or more web-based products used by small-to-mid-size businesses and/or individual consumers, paid for on a monthly basis using a "software as a service" model. We've got more than enough combined development and graphical/UX design abilities, but we have no solid product ideas that we feel confident enough about to start doing the enormous amount of work involved in any of them. The main problem with any idea we get is this question: how on Earth do you convince anybody to pay you money for the product? [more inside]
How do I automate interaction with a web site via a computer program? [more inside]
Some questions about creating a modern (online) web/graphic design portfolio... [more inside]
The iPhone Stylesheet for MetaFilter pb created is oh so nice. What are some other websites that have awesome dedicated iPhone versions?
Intranet sunset advice? Looking for advice, plans, stories etc from anybody who has shut down an intranet. [more inside]
A friend of mine wants me to review his business' web site. I have, and it looks awful. Problem is, I'm not a web designer/graphic designer/etc. I wouldn't know where to start giving him feedback. [more inside]
Anyone Know of an Alternative to GoDaddy's (domain/hosting) Reseller Program? [more inside]
The small business I work for wants a new website. I'm in charge of finding the people to overhaul it. I've never done this before. I don't want to be the Client from Hell, but I also don't want my inexperience to accidentally screw over the company. Help! Details inside. [more inside]
I've made websites for myself - Now I'm going to be making them for others, and need to know the best way to code and test their sites prior to launching them on my client's domains. [more inside]
Longshotfilter: I wanted to know what was the name of the show back in the 90's, that featured a final episode (or I think it was) based around this computer web system with a female voice. She was the mainscreen representing what we now know as the WWW and this came pretty much before the web went completely commercial. She instructed some teen to disconnect her because the human population was dying and there were only two left. Does anyone remember?
I would like to post pictures on my blog and prevent Google from indexing and linking to the them and people from downloading them. How should I go about doing this? [more inside]
Photography self-publishing platforms: what are my options? [more inside]
Building a super-simple database-driven website, from scratch - where to start? [more inside]
You used computers extensively in the era of the ddial, but never got on the Internet. Someone gives you just a few hours of Internet access for your aging PC. What do you have to do and see? [more inside]
Is there a web audio player that doesn't use Flash? [more inside]
What fascinating websites am I missing? I regularly check out salon.com, slate, nytimes, huffingtonpost, reddit, jezebel, & of course metafilter. What websites do you check in on regularly?
Recent/Obscure web applications and tools filter. I am talking with a government department (Economic Development) about using web based applications and tools both internally and externally. I've got the basics covered, but it would be nice to include mentions of some less-than-famous apps or tools that have been of use elsewhere. If there are any that have provided some mileage for you or your organisation, especially govt ones, I'd love to hear about them.
Looking for a cheap, well supported, and quick webhost that supports Mailman or similar functionality.
Looking for a cheap, well supported, and quick webhost that supports Mailman or similar functionality. [more inside]
Is there a Firefox extension that will let you hover over keywords on the page and have it show a quick summary from wikipedia?
Is there a Firefox extension that will let you hover over keywords on the page and have it show a quick summary from wikipedia? I'm using a Firefox Extension from evri.com that does this, but it also comes with an ugly toolbar. If you hide the toolbar, the functionality goes away, but I really like it. (Example.) Is there anything like this? That maybe does it better? Most importantly is it bringing this data in dynamically without me having to spawn a new window or leave the page.
A friend is considering going to the Academy of Art University in San Francisco for "Web Design and New Media" with the goal of becoming a web designer. Questions are (a) Is this school well-regarded by potential employers and (b) is it a good value for the tuition? They have zero interest in doing straight programming without design work involved.
What does a web designer / web UX designer workflow look like in 2010? [more inside]
How do you market a new blog? [more inside]
Are CSS fluid layout frameworks viable today? [more inside]
My office wants to a "Biggest Loser" style weight loss challenge. Any good websites we could use to track people's progress? [more inside]
I have a website which I maintain. I transferred the host recently to Dreamhost. Now, wheneven I open HTML pages I get a prompt asking me to download the HTML page. Before, of course, the page was displayed in the browser. Any suggestions? Example:
I have two radically different blogs on the same domain. How can I design my root page to let visitors decide which one to go to? [more inside]
I'm registered for a Web Analytics class. A prerequisite is "Familiarity with basic concepts of statistics." I'm not a math person and never studied statistics. Which basic statistics concepts should learn before this class? Are there any comic books, videos, or fun resources that would help me learn? [more inside]
Using J-query for tabbed navigation, can you create a hyperlink to a bookmark (named anchor) somewhere in one tab from another tab on the same page? [more inside]
Has "design philosophy" officially moved into played-out cliche territory? [more inside]
How do people get 200,000+ points in Bejeweled Blitz? [more inside]
I bought Quicken- do I still have to pay for Quicken online? [more inside]
Suggestions and thoughts regarding a webcam and a GPS for my elderly father-in-law? more inside. [more inside]
I need help naming my blog. [more inside]
What's a minimal self-hosted "blog" that hooks into Flickr's API so I can send photos from my camera directly to my web site? [more inside]
I am looking for a program that will easily allow me to create a Flash banner. All I want is to create a banner that has about 4 images fading in and out and some animated text over top. I should think this would be super easy but I am trying to find a software program to do it and I am coming up with either stuff that's way too complex or software that can't do it. Do you know of any program that would help me? (It doesn't need to be free, I can spend up to 100 USD on it).
My friends and I are starting an artist collective in Phoenix, Arizona and we desperately need help thinking of a name. Can you help? [more inside]
Any good books on web penetration testing? [more inside]
I found a great Java programming site awhile back. I was given a programming task and could get immediate feedback on whether or not it was correct. Tasks were things like, test if two integers are equal and 'reverse a string'. It was targeted toward learning .. but I seem to recall the tasks had advancing levels of complexity. This is not Java BlackBelt. I can't believe I didn't bookmark it. Anyone know what I'm talking about?
At 35, if I made the effort to acquire the skills, could I get a web developer job? [more inside]
Researching options for all things website: hosting, domain name registration and DNS. Can you help me narrow it down? [more inside]
I noticed today that text copied from articles on The Huffington Post appends the article URL when pasted and I'm wondering how it's done. [more inside]
I'm looking to create a very subtle dot background pattern, like the one on this site. I'm pretty familiar with Photoshop and Illustrator and have been able to produce a dot pattern, but the scale is much too big, and when I try to create a smaller pattern using a smaller circle, it simply disappears, or becomes a solid gray once I import it as a background. Does anyone have any idea how to make a pattern like the one on that site? It seems like it should be pretty straightforward, but I haven't been able to figure it out.
Where does one proactively look for software (specifically Flex) jobs these days? [more inside]
Are all spiders of the same species equally adept at spinning webs? [more inside]
Okay, I'm designing a web application with a minimalist look-and-feel. I want a simple, clean, cute logo, and a simple, clean, cute front page. What's a ball-park figure as to what this may cost? [more inside]
I am trying to create a professional looking logo for a Web site. I am using GIMP but finding I am very limited in terms of what I can do with it. Is there a software package that I should be using that will allow me to create a good looking logo/header image? I understand Photoshop is the best however, it's really expensive (700.00). Are there any software alternatives or do I just have to pony up for Photoshop? By the way, I have a PC.
Boyfriend is getting a phone upgrade and handing over to me (same company). Do I buy Internet package for his account or mine? [more inside]
How can I create an RSS feed from a wordpress site that doesn't add new posts, only updates the SAME post every day? Please direct me to online tools I can utilize based on specifics below. [more inside]
Is it possible to create a region in a Dreamweaver template where the *content* repeats? [more inside]