Domain Names = Real Estate

weakest-linkLike your office or your house; Your domain name is the address where people can find you. Like real estate, not all addresses are available, and some addresses are more expensive than others.

It used to be easy: You registered a .com for international business, .org for organisations, or .nl if you only operate in the Netherlands, plus Continue reading Domain Names = Real Estate

Self-Elevating App

Say What?aaaaaaa

Yes: My Brain wrote a Self-Elevating App.

I have been writing a Windows Application (32-bit x86 executable) in Visual Studio 2010, that uses the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/AppName registry key to save some basic settings. After some strange accesss errors I figured out that you need administrative access to actually be able to do this. Continue reading Self-Elevating App

SEO = Marketing

ctrl-ZVXCOPY – PASTE (Source: SPROUT):

Voor ondernemers die met hun bedrijf op internet gevonden willen worden, is er geen ontkomen aan: zoekmachine-optimalisatie. In de praktijk komt dat neer op zorgen dat je hoog scoort in Google. Maar hoe?
Dé Nederlandse expert op het gebied van zoekmachine-optimalisatie is Eduard Blacquière. Op uitnodiging van de Nuon Academy gaf hij daar onlangs een webinar over. Continue reading SEO = Marketing

Websites and Fonts

Domainname –  check
Logo – check
Colorscheme – check
Fonts – check
Businesscards – check
Letterhead – check
Website – ehm? …working on it… just can’t get the correct font to work on the website…

One option is to hire My Brain, another is to keep trying yourself. Colors and style may be easy, but to get the correct font on your website is another story. For this you may want to try:

http://www.fontsquirrel.com/tools/webfont-generator

Good luck!

Fixing DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN Error

Sometimes when using Google Chrome, you get an error DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN instead of the website. Nothing seems wrong with the internet connection, the website might even work in other browsers. Below are two methods that might help you to get rid of this error. Follow the below mentioned steps and you will be good to go:  Continue reading Fixing DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN Error

Silverlight won’t work on Chrome

browsersSince April 15, Chrome version 42, the plugins Java, Silverlight and others are blocked by default.

Google made a major change in regards to how plugins are handled by the browser. They made the decision to phase out so-called NPAPI plugins in the Chrome browser and Chromium this year. NPAPI plugins use an old plugin API from the Netscape days. Java, Silverlight and other popular technologies use this API to integrate into browsers such as Chrome or Firefox. Chrome supports a new API, called PPAPI, which is not affected by this move at all. Adobe Flash uses the new API in Chrome for example. Silverlight however, has still not been updated and needs some steps to get this to work again.

This is what you do to override the blocking of plugins in Chrome:  Continue reading Silverlight won’t work on Chrome

Loading speed vs code readability

ctrl-ZVXAs a developer I like structured code. The browser however could not care less about the right amount of tabs and spacing; it just need to get the code, with as little data-traffic as possible.

So, what do I do? When speed is really important, I create my stylesheets and javascripts as I normally do, but then also convert these into a “.min’ version – minified, and refer to those from the html source code.

To get this done Continue reading Loading speed vs code readability

Mobile Apps? Endless resizing of icons, splashscreens and screenshots!

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As you may know, I develop Apps for iOS, Android and Windows Phone using Phonegap. One of the most awful tasks is creating all the images needed for the icons, splashscreens and screenshots to create the App and get it listed on the Apple iTunes, Google Play and Windows Phone App-stores. Nothing bad about it, but creating the same image, resizing, scaling and stretching, 118 different times in various resolutions is simply a pain.

So I searched for, and found, a script to create these variations of the same image with a push of a button. My Brain did what it does best and adapted the script for my own needs, so all I have to do now is the following steps: Continue reading Mobile Apps? Endless resizing of icons, splashscreens and screenshots!