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Simulator Folders: find iOS simulator folders fast!

Simulator folders takes you from the menubar to your iOS Simulator folders directories at the click of a button. Yeah because I can't remember if it's 2BA84A47-B8D1-41FF-953A-C416C8414E09 or AD414717-28F4-4A8E-8321-F3310336C66C either. Judging from the downloads and feedback on twitter some people seem to like it, though Forrst iOS devs might like a heads up of it too.

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Used Paymill for Payments?

Has anyone used Paymill.com for payments? Looks like a european clone of Stripe, only better because I can actually use it. Any issues is registration, integration etc?

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What Are the Options for Site Search?

What are the options for site search? Specific requirements are: independent of site implementation doesn't involve running your own search server fairly easy to implement So far I have Google site search Duck Duck Go site search Tapir Go swift type - launched recently but I just get error screens at the moment. I'm looking to do a writeup of the options of implementing site search, at the moment I'm using Tapir Go, took me 5 minutes to implement. It also works with my static file based blog. It has had a few days of down time recently. Duck Duck Go struggles to get new sites into it's index quickly enough from what I can see. Google looks a little cheap if you're implementing that on your site. Ideally I'd like to see a system with a recommendation system for similar articles, stemming of words and a "did you mean" option for bad spelling. So what are the options I'm missing?

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Showing up on Google Cinema Listings

Ha, I'd forgotten that I had done this but it really goes to show the importance of writing good clean HTML. There is no magic API for the cinema listings so writing accessible compliant code is a must. Google seem to have a good set of language parsers running on this system I'd like the chance to try and replicate this, to see if the business listing has any influence, but you know, one day maybe.

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Precompiled HTML through JSON, where?

As part of a side project for kicks and spills I want to generate some HTML that will be sent as part of a JSON payload to an AJAX request. WTF? Website makes a request through AJAX, gets JSON back that contains HTML to inject into the host DOM. Quora for example do this with their search results to maintain query highlighting. My Question: Where do I generate the HTML? Model, View or Controller? I can, and have, argued it for generating in each place. So where would you generate said HTML?

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Who is winning against Google?

I would like to know of any indie development shops that aren't venture funded that are taking on the internet giants at their own game and making a living. The things I'm thinking of are like: Pinboard - pinboard.in by Maciej Ceglowski taking on Delicious (yahoo and now those guys that did youtube) Guages - get.gaug.es by OrderedList are taking google analytics. Instapaper has had to some extent its market squashed by Apple and the VC funded free versions but people still buy it. I'm thinking about doing a presentation regarding taking on the internet giants for a local meet up and would appreciate any other examples.

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Micro-caching with NGINX a 250x speed improvement

I found this on HackerNews, a very interesting article on how to give your site a nice performance boost with out having to much about with Varnish servers, duplicate databases etc etc. I'm really interested to try it out IRL to get that extra bit of performance out of my servers, even though at the moment they don't need it, it's just a good insurance policy.

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New Layout For Personal Website: Feedback Please

The ever evolving illegitimate child of my career aspirations and lack of design skills that is my personal website has gone through another mutation. I wanted to make the site more active, place more longform content on there as I try to improve my writing. I've ditched the idea of a blog and have gone for much more pretentious and arrogant sounding "Articles", along with "Links" links are interesting bits from around the web that only need a paragraph or so to explain. I also wanted to play around with more unique layouts for each post, but only using standard markup, or no additional classes or id to content, except it's bounding div. This will always be a text heavy site, I like text heavy sites that contain long articles and only use images when needed. I'm not a fan of sites that put an image in an article just to "liven it up a bit", those images always end up being some tenuous, abstract image that doesn't always quite sit right. In a poor imitation of how the greats like Jason Santa Maria makes a unique design for each post I wanted to imitate that, and provide the visual stimulus through the layout. By using pre defined CSS classes for each article it's something that I hope to be able to use on clients site sometime in the future. At the moment I'm making very heavy use of CSS3 pseudo selectors, p:(n)th-child for example to provide that layout, so don't expect this to work on any IE less that 10, and only the latest webkits and FF. Thats fine by me at the moment as it will fall back to a classic boring single column layout. Right now also the typography needs some serious work on it. I'm still working on this at the moment and will probably end up getting some help with it from someone who know what they are doing. There is plenty that needs tweaking on the site at the moment, <hr> tags are duplicating, footer is unfinished etc, but I would appreciate as much feedback, hints, tips or even pictures of horrified typographers faces as possible.