Installing OptiPNG on Dreamhost

Google’s PageSpeed Insights can help you tweak your site’s accessibility by making things load faster. One way to make your website load faster is to optimize images.

Google suggests using Optipng for optimizing PNG or Portable Network Graphic files. There are a lot of ways to enable and use optipng, but I’m going to show you how to install it on your Dreamhost shared hosting server. Dreamhost doesnt automatically offer optipng, so until they do, it’s not that difficult to install it locally. Continue reading “Installing OptiPNG on Dreamhost”

facebook… facepalm…

facebook_facepalmFacebook is becoming increasingly commercialized. On one level, it seems nice–even convenient. For instance, you could gift someone a set amount of money to donate to a charity of their choice. Or you could donate money to a specific charity on behalf of someone on facebook.

But the first time I saw this, I wondered how easy it would be to assume that the person for whom this ad appeared on facebook was personally asking for gifts.  Continue reading “facebook… facepalm…”

Just what is a “Low Maintenance” Yard?

Raked GravelWhen designing for a client who says they want a “Low Maintenance” yard, many of us have an idea of what Low Maintenance means, but the only thing that really matters is what the client thinks of the same. A long time ago, APGA (then called AABGA) had a great manual about levels of maintenance.  I wish I could find it, but in lieu of that, I’ll attempt as well as possible to summarize: Continue reading “Just what is a “Low Maintenance” Yard?”

Newegg: Axe the Price-Available-at-Checkout policy.

Newegg: Axe the Price-Available-At-Checkout PolicyI buy things at Newegg. I have found them to be a trustworthy merchant. However, they’ve just instituted a new policy that I find irritating on a number of levels. When I see an item for sale, I want to know how much it costs. They have just instituted a “Price-Available-at-Checkout” policy. This is different from their already inconvenient “See-Price-in-Cart” practice, where some items are set so you cannot see the price until the item is in your cart. Continue reading “Newegg: Axe the Price-Available-at-Checkout policy.”