Your printed page can be tracked back to you

I was doing some lunch time Google Reader skimming when I came across an blog post that explains how a printed page from your laserjet printer can be traced back to you. How you may ask? That’s the cool part. It seems the printer will print a dot matrix encoded version of its serial number on every page it prints, all you have to do is decipher the code. I’m assuming this kind of tracking is what ended up helping the FBI nab Dennis Rader (BTK).

A very interesting read can be found over at the blog Brahm’s Yellow Dots.

Smush your images to an optimized state

I’ve been big into optimizing content lately, GZIPing, caching, combining, minifying and what not as part of the final phase of my development process. One thing that has always bothered me though  has been getting my images compressed just right. I’m very comfortable with Photoshop and picking the right tool for the job: PNG, JPG and GIF but I would often get lazy when it comes to compressing things down as far as they can acceptable go. That’s where Smush.it comes in. Read More

There’s more then one way to fill a storage unit

The Task

Create a storage calculator that allows visitors to select a specific storage unit from a list of unit sizes (e.g. 5×5, 5×10, etc.). Upon clicking on a option the page will show a cross section of the selected unit and animate it being filled with boxes, lamps, bookshelves and so on to give the visitor an ideal of what can fit in the unit. This was the task I received for a redesign that I was working on. At first I had no clue what I was going to do and thought I’d have to resort to Flash or something similar but then I stumbled upon the answer while doing some Googling.
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