I can’t thank you enough for the Subscriptions plug-in. It’s really making a dream come true and taking my business to the next level. – Sean A year ago today, WooThemes released Subscriptions. At the time, I’d been developing Subscriptions … Continue reading →
A visualisation of the last 2 years worth of SVN commits to the WordPress code base (as used in my WordCamp Sydney presentation). Checkout the slides here. Inspired by Jon Cave’s visualisation for WordPress 3.1. Built using Gource.
It was a great morning presenting at WordCamp Sydney. Thanks to everyone in the audience who allowed me talk about my three favourite topics – WordPress, the future & Deloreans. View the 2 years of WordPress Code visualisation here.
PayPal makes it possible to accept payments via just a few pieces of HTML on your site with its Website Payments Standard service. This service includes a Subscriptions button to sell products or services with recurring payments. The trouble is, … Continue reading →
If you’re in Australia (or Australasia) and work with WordPress, you should get along to WordCamp Sydney 2012. Australia had 2 WordCamps last year – Melbourne & Gold Coast. Both of which were fantastic events full of fun and learning … Continue reading →
Tacking a post_type parameter to any search URL in WordPress filters the search results by a post type. For example: http://example.com/?s=speak+easy&post_type=events Will return only events which include the terms speak and easy. But when setting the post_type parameter to page, something unusual happens. … Continue reading →
When publishing a post on WordPress.com these days, authors receive a new sidebar alongside their post. The most interesting feature in this sidebar is a game-like progress bar. Arbitrary goals are now being set on WordPress.com to encourage blogging. Publish … Continue reading →
The Greeks used fire beacons at the time of the Trojan War, in the twelfth century BC. A bonfire on a mountaintop could be seen from watchtowers twenty miles distant, or in special cases even farther. … The meaning of … Continue reading →
Early on, Graham envisioned this network as a “replacement for the traditional corporation.” “You know what’s great about the YC network? It gives the benefit of being part of a large company without being part of a big company,” Graham … Continue reading →
WordPress 3.1 introduced the best new feature I failed to notice – built-in support for filtering posts by multiple taxonomies. For a post index or custom post type archive, instead of being constrained to queries for one taxonomy like this: … Continue reading →
Recurring Payments with Digital Goods for Express Checkout is the 8 word name PayPal chose for their most convenient subscription product. The verbose name is a good indicator of the API’s complexity. It’s actually quite easy to integrate Digital Goods subscriptions. We … Continue reading →
If you are using the new HTML5 input types like input[type="email"] and input[type="url"], you will discover their automatic validation bubbles in Chrome. Soon after spotting them, you will likely want to change their style. The good news is, Chrome makes selectors available as discussed … Continue reading →
One step closer to the plot from Cory Doctrow’s Makers becoming reality.
At the center of every startup is a secret. A secret is not an unknown. Rather, it’s something just not widely believed to be achievable or feasible. In other words, it’s an insight. Exploiting that secret should be the aim of every entrepreneur. Leveraging the secret means disruption and ultimately success.
Wearing full face masks at Chinese beaches is currently in vogue:
For legions of middle-class Chinese women — and for those who aspire to their ranks — solar protection is practically a fetish, complete with its own gear. This booming industry caters to a culture that prizes a pallid complexion as a traditional sign of feminine beauty unscathed by the indignities of manual labor. There is even an idiom, which women young and old know by heart: “Fair skin conceals a thousand flaws.”
With the pursuit of that age-old aesthetic ideal at odds with the fast-growing interest in beachgoing and other outdoor activities, Chinese women have come up with a variety of ways to reconcile the two. Face masks like Ms. Yao’s have taken this popular beach town by storm.
“A woman should always have fair skin,” she said proudly. “Otherwise people will think you’re a peasant.”
Two-year-old Emma was born with a rare disease called arthrogryposis that makes it so she can’t raise her arms without assistance. Through the use of 3D printing, a Delaware hospital created a mobile plastic exoskeleton that now allows Emma to use her arms for many things.
3D printing ensures that a new exoskeleton can be created if Emma breaks or outgrows it. Emma is now on her second 3D-printed jacket and calls the device her “magic arms.”
The video was created by 3D printing business Stratasys, which recently merged with Objet in a $1.4 billion deal. A Stratasys 3D printer was used to create Emma’s jacket.
This announcement from Brightcove should trigger excitement in any front end dev. Running web content on the Apple TV is something I’ve personally dreamed of for a while now. Unfortunately comments indicate that the free version is essentially just a teaser, and most of the cool functionality remains behind a $99/month paid service. Ninety nine bones. Every month.
No thanks. I’ll wait until Apple offers it natively.
The proportion of businesses that reported receiving orders via the internet increased by 13% to 28%. Half or more of the businesses in the wholesale trade and manufacturing industries reported receiving orders online (52% and 50% respectively). The retail industry came in sixth place (35%). Businesses reporting a web presence increased from 40% to 43%.
<p>Transformative change happens when industries democratize, when they’re ripped from the sole domain of companies, governments, and other institutions and handed over to regular folks. The Internet democratized publishing, broadcasting, and communications, and the consequence was a massive increase in the range of both participation and participants in everything digital — the long tail of bits.</p>
<p>Now the same is happening to manufacturing — the long tail of things.</p>