I Found You Some Great Stuff!

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Whee! Great stuff. Not BlogHer swag, but BlogHer blogroll extra good stuff. I've got geeky tutorials, links to tools that will help you track your content (damn those content stealers!), a network for designers of color, an article about getting sued for your tweets, and tips for getting your emergency contact information on your iPhone as wallpaper.

Geeky Tutorials

Brave Mouse - teach yourself is a new blog with tutorials in HTML & CSS and Flash. This blog is the work of mashadutoit.

Here, for example, is an excerpt from Brave Mouse's day 1 lessons on HTML.

So how does one describe a web page using only text? Lets imagine that we wanted to create a web page that looks like this:

a page in a browser

We could start by creating a text file that contains the following text:

A Thousand Hairy Savages A thousand hairy savages sitting down to lunch. Gobble, gobble, Glup, glup, Munch munch munch

But how do we get the browser to display this text so that it looks like the screenshot above? We can insert text instructions to the browser, like this:

(Make the background of the page blue) (Make the following text white, bold, and 36 point size Myriad Pro font) A Thousand Hairy Savages(Insert a gap before the following lines)(display the following text as black,20 point size Myriad Pro font ) A thousand hairy savages sitting down to lunch. (insert two line breaks here) Gobble, gobble,(insert line break here)(insert line break here) Glup, glup, Munch munch munch

This kind of document is small and quick to transfer over the internet. The browser is programmed to use the text between brackets as instructions as to how the rest of the text should be displayed, and not to display the text between brackets. In this example, the text between brackets is the “markup”.

Now this not a very efficient way of describing the page. It can be understood by a human but a computer probably would not be able to translate it. The actual system of “text instructions” that is used is called Hyper Text Markup Language – HTML.

Follow your Content

At contentious.com, Amy's Links for 2009-07-29 contains two items that I think will be of real interest to those of you who hate having your content stolen (and who doesn't?), or just want to know where and when your content is linked legally.

What is FairShare?
A free service that enables you to claim your work, watch how it spreads and learn how it is used across the Web.

If it's text and published via RSS, you can claim it: Blog posts, poems, recipes, songs, essays, car reviews, game cheats, celebrity scoops, love letters, you name it.
1.You plug in your RSS feed (full text feeds are strongly preferred), select a Creative Commons license and give us your email address.
2.We'll confirm your email address and give you a FairShare feed to add to your RSS feed reader.
3. Sit back and relax for a few hours while we crank up our engines.
4. By the time you've finished your nap, the different pages on which your work has been reused will start popping into your FairShare feed.
5. For each page containing your work, we'll show you how the reuse compares to your license conditions and point you to a handy page where you can see more details.

Attributor Blog » Fair Syndication = Getting Paid for your Work
We’re proud to be aligned with over 1,000 publishers of all sizes who are pledging their support for Fair Syndication. Based on the feedback from large syndicators like Thomson Reuters and Deutsche Presse-Agentur to smaller publishers like ScienceDaily, Urban Chickens, and Pure Contemporary, the Fair Syndication issue is enormous.

Finding out your opportunity is simple and free.

* Go to FairShare and provide an RSS feed of your text content.
* Create a FairShare account and select the option to get paid when others make money from your work.
* FairShare will monitor your feed(s) for full copies of your articles and, after monitoring your articles for a while, contact you with next steps.

Designers of Color

Designers 421 is a hub for designers of color. It offers social support to underrepresented black Americans in the design field. It describes its purpose:

Designers421 seeks to address the need for an accessible and inclusive network that serves as a virtual hub for the intellectual, spiritual and practical needs of designers of color and design enthusiasts in the pursue of their professional, social and service outreach desires.

Did you tweet that? I'll see you in court!

A tweet to a few friends became a viral phenom. Here's the story in The Chicago Sun Times: Tweet about apartment mold draws lawsuit. Basically, a woman tweeted something about mold in her apartment and was sued for $50,000 by a Chicago real estate company called Horizon Realty Group.

Copyblogger took a look at the story and wrote What the Horizon Realty Fail Can Teach You About Social Media. One of Copyblogger's conclusions:

That megaphone is a lot more powerful than you think it is

Think you just have 20 followers? Think again. Your tweets are findable both on Twitter search and Google. And it’s a routine practice for any smart company to look for its name regularly using both services.

Think the customer who just infuriated you has just 20 followers? Think again. Angry tenant Amanda Bonnen’s megaphone was tiny, but the social web can’t resist a juicy story. And the social web really can’t resist a juicy Twitter story.

Put your emergency info where it can't be missed

AT Mac, about assistive technology for Mac users, wrote Put Emergency Information On Your iPhone Wallpaper

Now that so many people with disabilities have an iPod Touch or iPhone, putting your emergency contact information on the phone’s wallpaper can be a smart idea. This information is available to anybody who turns on your device, even when the device is locked.

I think this is a good idea for everyone, not just people with disabilities. Like so many things that are good for the disabled, this is good for all people, too. Ricky gives you a couple of ideas about what to include and how to format it for your Mac product.

Didn't I tell you I had some really good stuff from the BlogHer blogs today?

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Virginia DeBolt
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