Tag Archives: Tools

2011 in review – stats of my blog

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,000 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 33 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


Ifttt is a tool is based on a simple structure:
when something happens (THIS) then make something else (THAT)

The THIS part is a trigger, the THAT part is an action. When you link a trigger with an action, you have a task!

You can use one of these services of yours:

For instance, you can create tasks like these ones.

When you’re tagged in a Facebook pic, send the pic to your Dropbox.
When I mark a tweet as “favourite”, save it on Evernote.
When January 1 comes, tweet “Happy new year!”.
Wether it will rain tomorrow, notify me on GTalk.
When I check in on Foursquare, add the place and time to my GCalendar.

Useful, isn’t it?

Please validate your CSS

Do you need to check and validate your CSS?

Besides the classic W3C validator, here’s an interesting service: CSS Lint.

This is what it’s about:

It does basic syntax checking as well as applying a set of rules to the code that look for problematic patterns or signs of inefficiency. The rules are all pluggable, so you can easily write your own or omit ones you don’t want.

More info here. Give it a try!

How to generate some CSS3 code

Looking to improve your CSS skills but still not a Master?
Maybe this can help:

The CSS Generator web app helps you with some new CSS3 features: take a look at the pic on the right.

Pick the one you need and enter the parameters.

You’ll get exactly the CSS lines you want while checking the result on the right.

Moreover, the app shows the supporting browsers for each function. Just to let you know ;)

How to create a Tag Cloud

I really have to keep this in mind. Tag Clouds are a bit over rated, but there’s room for them yet. In CVs, for instance.

I created this Cloud for my CV with Wordle, an interesting web app based on Java.

Just enter the words you want to see in the Cloud – the more you enter a word, the bigger it will be.

Moreover, you can select your favourite font, a vertical or horizontal orientation and the color palette.

Go create your Cloud!

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