Writing for Ventzine – the online magazine

What you write something and edited by good hands, the outcome is truly satisfying.

http://ventzine.com/the-world-in-my-brush-tips/

Very creative and relevant!!

It feels good to see contextually relevant advertisements.

Be careful Androidites

Antivirus in PC have been the compulsion for us since a decade. Now here comes the threat for mobile. With 52.5% market share, Android is the main attack under the threat radar these days. I am seeing not so happy faces among Android users because of malfunctions they are facing now and then. Till few months back, they were the happiest and craziest faces with widest grin because of huge collection of games and apps they owned as if they had inherited the world treasure for themselves. Now, threats are added in their treasure box. Obviously this is not a good news. I use Nokia E7 with latest Symbian Belle update. Its pretty smooth and virus free. But who knows if its cracked someday by the same one that entered in my brother’s Samsung SII few days back.

Inspired by: http://www.technologyreview.com/communications/39677/?p1=MstRcnt

We are going the right direction

New Style of Styling

LESS CSS StylingTechnology is leading much ahead in its own way. Since 1999, HTML is introduced formally as a markup language. Initially, it is introduced as simple language but today it has taken huge shape. Every technology has been advance and changing to make easier for complex. But I just want to get involved in as small section of web development.

Every web developer and non technical person who are interested on web technology know basic things and classical scriptings. But Today to make much easier some changes has been done on writing process as well. I m not talking about HTML5 and CSS3. Because we have something left behind and can do some improvement on older version. And we can also continue for CSS3 as well.

Ys I m talking about the technology is LESS. LESS extends CSS with dynamic behavior such as variables, mixins, operations and functions. LESS runs on both the client-side (IE 6+, Webkit, Firefox) and server-side, with Node.js. Its nothing more that managing the css in better way. It deals with small concept and terms of programing language. Every time we leave our css in messy way but with use of this technology, clutter will be deducted very much in simplified way. It seems we are programing. In actual, we are styling.

For detail you can get access to LESS website i.e. lesscss.org. Its an awesome technique. Meanwhile, If you are comfortable with Ruby language then you can check to SASS as well. Its somehow similar to each other.

I liked this advertisement

As I saw the advertisement of “Kantipur” Daily in ECS living, I paused for a moment, gazed on the composition and absorbed the message it was reflecting. The overall graphical representation is plain, almost dual color in a stylish, glossy magazine but it was conveying more message to its target audience than any other advertisment. Once again I realized, creativity is not about showing how much knowledge you have in the tools of software but giving a right message to the audience through any medium.

I am glad, I saw this advertisement.

Basic Web Developer Tools

1. Firebug

Firebug integrates with Firefox to put a wealth of web development tools at your fingertips while you browse. You can edit, debug, and monitor CSS, HTML, and JavaScript live in any web page.

Firebug

Firebug

 

2.Web Developer extension for Firefox

Web Developer extension is a very handy and time-saving extension for Firefox. I’ve written and recommended it plenty of times and is an extension that I use daily. You can rapidly validate your XHTML, find JavaScript/CSS errors, visualize a web page’s structure, quickly fill out web forms for testing purposes, clear your cache with a shortcut key, change XHTML on-the-fly (great for working remotely on a web design), inspect HTTP headers information, and much more.

 

3.Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar

Even if you prefer Firefox (or Safari) to develop and test your web pages, you have to test your stuff in the Internet Explorer browser for cross-compatibility. Whenever I test in IE, there are plenty of times when I wish certain features in Firebug and the Web Developer extension are accessible through IE, such as the DOM inspector option or the CSS Information option. IE Developer Toolbar is the IE add-on that provides me the features I like in my Firefox extensions.

Internet Explorer for Firefox

Internet Explorer for Firefox

4. 960 Grid System

The 960 Grid System is an effort to streamline web development workflow by providing commonly used dimensions, based on a width of 960 pixels. There are two variants: 12 and 16 columns, which can be used separately or in tandem. Read more.

960grid

960grid

5. reCAPTCHA

One of the most popular CAPTCHA systems that helps to digitize books, newspapers and old time radio shows by using CAPTCHA inputs to help translate. There is also a Perl module available for reCAPTCHA.

reCAPTCHA

reCAPTCHA

5. ckeditor

CKEditor is a text editor to be used inside web pages. It’s a WYSIWYG editor, which means that the text being edited on it looks as similar as possible to the results users have when publishing it. It brings to the web common editing features found on desktop editing applications like Microsoft Word and OpenOffice.

Because CKEditor is licensed under flexible Open Source and commercial licenses, you’ll be able to integrate and use it inside any kind of application. This is the ideal editor for developers, created to provide easy and powerful solutions to their users.

6. APIs

An API (Application Programming Interface) is a set of program functions which can be accessed by another application. One example is a currency conversion API that retrieves currency conversion data by allowing the user to enter a base currency, an amount, and the desired result currency, which returns a result via the API.

  • Alexa Top Sites
    This API provides access to lists of web sites ordered by Alexa Traffic Rank.
  • FoXRate
    A basic currency conversion API.
  • eBay API
    eBay’s API which allows you to submit items to be listed and obtain listing data.
  • Twitter API
    The Twitter API allows you to have access to Twitter data, including user and status information.

7. IP Locations

Finding out where your visitors are located can be valuable from a development standpoint. It can help you understand your visitors so you can design your site to better suit their needs. IP location information can help you determine where a user is located, enabling you to display content in the their language. You can also optionally customize other information such as currencies and shipping costs.

  • IP Details
    A PHP class for determining geographical locations based on IP address.
  • GEO-IP
    A free IP to country database.

8. Icon Finder

Iconfinder provides high quality icons for web designers and developers in an easy and efficient way. You simply type in a keyword into the searchbox and Iconfinder brings you back icons beautiful icons which you can freely use.

iconfinder

iconfinder

9. Load Impact

Slow websites means lost customers and revenues. Be proactive and find out the performance limits of your website before you learn the hard way. Load Impact is an online load testing service that lets you load test your website with just a few mouse clicks.

loadimpact

loadimpact

 

10. Website Grader

How well is your website doing? Is it getting traffic? Does it have SEO problems? How popular is it in social media?

Find out the answers for free. Just enter your website URL and click Generate Report. We’ll do the rest.

 

11. Smush.It

Smush.It is a neat application which uses non-lossy image optimization tools to squeeze the last bytes out of your images

smushit

smushit

12. ColorCop

Color Cop is a multi-purpose color picker for web designers and programmers. It identifies and represents colors in various hex color code formats. Simply drag the eyedropper control to any location on the screen and release. The hex color code for the selected color will be automatically copied to the clipboard.

Colorcop

Colorcop

13. Page Rank Checker

Page Rank checker is a free tool to check Google™ page ranking of any web site pages easily and to display your site’s PageRank™ value on your web pages.

Google Page Rank

Google Page Rank

Back to work

Dashain Hangover is still going on but we cannot neglect office works. So, we all are back to our work  along with our PC and laptop. A warm welcome to everyone to office after this  wonderful dashain. Lets work hard to make our tihar even more wonderful.

 

These websites can be helpful………

http://www.1stwebdesigner.com/inspiration/30-creative-and-eye-catching-web-designer-portfolios/

http://creativefan.com/high-quality-free-website-portfolio-photoshop-psd-templates/

http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/60-latest-beautiful-and-enticing-blog-designs/

http://slodive.com/inspiration/showcase/splendid-minimal-web-design-portfolio-examples/

http://psd.tutsplus.com/articles/web/14-quick-and-slick-portfolio-templates-via-themeforest/

First Day of Dashain “Ghatasthapana”


Ghatasthapana marks the beginning of Dashain. It literally means installing a pot which symbolizes Goddess Shakti. It falls on Aswin Shukla Pratipada, the first day of the bright half of the lunar calendar in the month of Ashvin. On this day the kalasha is filled with holy water and covered with cowdung on to which barley seeds are sown. Subsequently, the kalasha is put in the center of a rectangular sand block. The remaining bed of sand is also seeded with grains. The priest then starts the puja by calling goddess Durga to bless the vessel with her presence. This ritual is performed at a certain auspicious time which is determined by the astrologers. Goddess Shakti is believed to reside in the Kalash vessel during the Navratri period.

The room where all this is done is known as the ‘Dasain Ghar’. Generally, outsiders and women are not allowed to enter the Dasain Ghar. A male family member worships the Kalasha twice every day, once in the morning and then in the evening. It is kept under direct sunlight and holy water is offered to it everyday so that by the tenth day of the festival the seed will have grown to five or six inches long yellow grass. This sacred grass is known as ‘Jamara’. These rituals continue till the seventh day.

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