Tokyo Trip and 787 Dreamliner Experience

I recently took a trip to Tokyo, and I want to share my experience of the trip, which hopefully can be of use to some people.

Google Map Directions

First, I will say that Google Map directions will get you to the vicinity of where you want to go without any problem. If you use the “by Public Transit” option, it will show you the correct routes to take and the correct station to get off.

However, there are two problems:

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February 2014 Browser Market Share

Here is the browser market share for February 2014, based on traffic to my top site (number in parentheses shows change from January 2014):

Google Chrome: 47.30% (+2.66%)
IE: 23.18% (-1.42%)
Firefox: 22.74% (-1.81%)
Safari: 3.20% (+0.37%)
Opera: 0.93% (-0.07%)

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Common Issues In Responsive Design Development Process

Making sure a website renders optimally on various device screen sizes via responsive design is a satisfying exercise for a website developer, and I went through this exercise recently. Of course, I ran into my share of bugs during the process. Below are 3 of the issues I ran into and what (if anything) can be done about them.

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Very Early Days of New gTLD – .GURU

The new gTLD’s (generic top-level domains) are now a reality, with the first batch of new gTLD’s going live within the last week. There are 7 new gTLD’s that are available on the web now:

.bike
.plumbing
.ventures
.singles
.guru
.holdings
.clothing

How is the adoption so far? Out of the 7, .GURU appears to be the most interesting, so that’s the one I took a look. As of today (February 5, 2014), there are 22 .GURU domains indexed by Google, 4 of which can be considered as a complete site:

pregnancy.guru
robot.guru
analytics.guru
sql.guru

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January 2014 Browser Market Share

Here is the browser market share for January 2014, based on traffic to my top site (number in parentheses shows change from December 2013):

Google Chrome: 44.64% (-1.25%)
Firefox: 24.60% (+1.16%)
IE: 24.55% (+2.22%)
Safari: 2.83% (-0.10%)
Opera: 1.00% (+0.01%)

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Converting to Responsive Design With CSS

Recently I went through the process of converting several websites into responsive design. For those who are not familiar, the concept of responsive design is to make sure the website renders nicely on both desktop and mobile devices by serving up different CSS stylesheets depending on the screen width.

Below are the steps I took to convert the sites (the starting point is a non-mobile optimized website):

1. Add the following code into the <head> section:

<meta name=”viewport” content=”width=device-width, initial-scale=1, maximum-scale=1, minimum-scale=1″ />

This statement will make sure the website renders correctly on your mobile device.

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December 2013 Browser Market Share

Here is the browser market share for December 2013, based on traffic to my top site (number in parentheses shows change from November 2013):

Google Chrome: 45.89% (+1.75%)
Firefox: 23.44% (-0.24%)
IE: 22.33% (-2.25%)
Safari: 2.93% (-0.07%)
Opera: 0.99% (-0.07%)

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November 2013 Browser Market Share

Here is the browser market share for November 2013, based on traffic to my top site (number in parentheses shows change fromĀ October 2013):

Google Chrome: 44.14% (+1.16%)
IE: 24.58% (-3.10%)
Firefox: 23.68% (+0.42%)
Safari: 3.00% (+0.36%)
Opera: 1.06% (+0.02%)

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