Designing a responsive site

Paul Stamatiou on designing responsive sites for the % of growing mobile and retina devices out there. Remember the good ol’ days when it was just about optimizing and testing in a gazillion browsers?

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Log in infinitum

Fascinating article by Eric Stromberg on the trend to keep Web users logged in, and logged in infinitely (borrowing from mobile).

Everyone is making logging out a 2-click process to reduce log outs “All these services aim to be platforms, and step one is keeping users logged in.”

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The Internet Explorer 6 Countdown, by Microsoft

Fascinating new site and campaign by Microsoft to finally and officially wind down Internet Explorer 6:

This website is dedicated to watching Internet Explorer 6 usage drop to less than 1% worldwide, so more websites can choose to drop support for Internet Explorer 6, saving hours of work for web developers.

Microsoft is currently showing 12% worldwide usage, 10 years after the product was launched. The largest offenders skewing that percentage are China (34%), South Korea (24.8%) and India (12.3%). Luckily, the USA is a tiny 2.9%.

However, if you cater to any of these asian audiences, you might throw this lovely banner on your site and beg them to upgrade.

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Using SEO to add millions to your startup’s valuation

Patrick McKenzie (a.k.a. patio11 of Hacker News fame), writing on myGengo about why SEO is so important for customer acquisition for the vast majority of startups:

Most startups do not have product problems.  The product works.  Most startups do not have design problems.  The product looks pretty. Most startups DO have customer acquisition problems: they lack a repeatable way to find a new person, convince them to use the product, and take their money.  Startups which do not have customer acquisition problems have *already won*: there is no longer a question of whether they will survive to exit, the only question is for how much.

Then, later in the post McKenzie writes:

Consider two startups trying to raise a Series A round:
  • Startup A: good product, gigantic market, users like it, 10,000 users
  • Startup B: good product, gigantic market, users like it, 200,000 users
Startup B is likely going to receive a higher valuation from investors because  it can demonstrate more traction and because the perceived risk is lower.  They’ve already removed a key risk factor — can we scale customer acquisition — from their investors.

Great article.

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Super Mario Brothers GameBoy (and all GameBoy games) ported to HTML5

Super Mario Bros running full-screen in HTML 5.

The full emulator can be found here, and it is all on github.

(Note: it is optimized for FF4; the audio doesn’t play well in Chrome or Firefox 3.X or less, and I haven’t gotten it to play yet.)

Exciting where this is all going.

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