links for 2009-04-06

  • People are busy, and in order to gain and keep readership as a blogger, you need to provide your readers with information that makes their lives better, easier, and less stressful. Business blogs are a unique case because the general subject matter tends to be a bit dry. It’s up to you as the blogger to overcome that obstacle and provide the business information you are offering in a quick and easily digestible way.

    How do you do that? Here are seven ways you can engage readers of your business blog and keep them coming back.

  • Simple sinewave synthesizer triggered by an ordinary 16step sequencer. Each triggered step causes a force on the underlaying wave-map, which makes it more cute.

    Based on the AudioTool engine thus no sources, I am sorry.

    Press SPACE key to clear.

  • As we see more and more businesses move their services online, and even more that begin their life on the Web, a greater need arises for websites that are designed and built to sell. A great-looking website may achieve the goal of shaping and delivering a strong brand, but its good looks alone aren’t enough to sell the products or services on offer. For that, you need to introduce the element of marketing.
  • Boks is an AIR application (so it works on Windows, Mac and Linux) that provides a User Interface for Blueprint CSS's framework. It's been designed for those who think the Grid System is good but never really took the time to give it love.

    It handles grid configuration, baseline rhythm pimpin', CSS (with or without compression) and grid.png export, HTML layout and much more goodie-goodie!

  • The everyday tasks in our lives are being revolutionized by technology. One task that technology is helping to simplify is shopping: the task of buying products in stores is just not as convenient as online shopping.

    With that in mind, it is becoming more and more important to pay attention to the usability of e-commerce websites.

    When customers want to buy a product, they want the process to be quick and easy, without any hassles.

    Here are 10 tips to help you create usable e-commerce checkouts and shopping carts.

  • Why is this important to you, the online merchant?

    As of October 2008, new online merchants with over 20,000 transactions per year cannot even recieve an online merchant account if they are not compliant in one way or another. However, beginning this year merchant account providers will start to "decertify" non-PABP applications, revok merchant accounts that are not using PABP certified applications and deny merchant applications to new applications that are not PABP certified. In 2010, all merchants will be required to be using a PABP certified application.

  • Many people, designers included, think that typography consists of only selecting a typeface, choosing a font size and whether it should be regular or bold. For most people it ends there. But there is much more to achieving good typography and it’s in the details that designers often neglect.

    These details give the designer total control, allowing them to create beautiful and consistent typography in their designs. While these details can be applied across different types of media, in this articles we’re going to focus on how to apply them to web design using CSS. Here are 8 simple ways you can use CSS to improve your typography and hence the overall usability of your designs.

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