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Smashing Daily #40: Cookies, Website Deaths, Monotype


In this edition of The Smashing Daily you will find links to some handy JavaScript tools, tutorials about responsive menus, manipulating data with the command line, a link to a presentation about the cost and responsibility of open source projects, an overview of website deaths, a great CSS property for your print style sheet and there’s a story about an old Monotype caster. Enjoy!

Open-Source Ain’t Free1

Here’s a presentation by David DeSandro about the cost of open source and what it means to run a successful open source project. Some very interesting thoughts in there.

Quick And Dirty Twitter Data Analysis With The Unix Command Line2

The command line is great for specialized tasks, for automation, or for impressing your colleagues with your l33t skillz. It’s also quiet useful for quick data analysis, as Adrian Short explains in this article. A great read for all nerds.

Using the Command Line for Data Analysis3


If you work a lot with cookies you might want to use this Client-Side Cookie Manipulation Library by Scott Hamper. If you use jQuery, you might want to look at this plugin5 by Mathias Bynens.

Harvey: A Second Face For Your JavaScript6

When we build responsive websites we can use media queries for CSS, and for JavaScript we have several hacks. One of them is this script called Harvey, which might be what you’re looking for.

A Responsive Script7

Build A Smart Mobile Navigation Without Hacks8

Aaron Gustafson explains how you can build a smart mobile navigation for your responsive or mobile website. Great tutorial!

Site Deaths9

Here’s an incredible, sad overview of services that have been shut down over the years; things like Gowalla, Geocities, Etherpad, and many, many more.

Box-Decoration-Break Finally Coming To More Browsers10

Lennart Schoors writes about this rather obscure CSS property called box-decoration-break which is great for printing pages. Browser support seems to be increasing.

A Great CSS Property For Your Print Style Sheet11

Link Dump #13512

Do you need more to read? Here’s a nice eclectic link dump by Blair Millen.

Last Click

Shiny Characters13

Here’s a great story by Keith Houston revealing a study about how the hyphenation practices towards the end of the Victorian era led to discovering an old Monotype caster in someone’s backyard.

A Story About a Monotype Caster14

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Vasilis van Gemert is the Principal Front-end Developer at Mirabeau in The Netherlands and a board member of Fronteers. His aim is to close the gap between design and (front-end) development. He believes the excess of knowledge he has can be better used by others, by more creative and smarter people. You can follow him on Twitter.

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    Great link to article by DeSandro! I saw the potential in his project the second it was released. His quote is an understatement. “There is nothing wrong about making money off of honest work.”


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