Talented front-end developer job for Web 2.0 company in Oxford

October 21st, 2009

The company I work for, 2Degrees, is looking for a front-end developer to join our team.

A smiling monkey

Are you a CSS monkey?

We need a CSS monkey with a good working knowledge of browser quirks and the ability to get even IE6 looking good (although you don't have to like it). It would help if you don't run away screaming from Javascript and can play well with the code monkeys.

More details are below. Email the address at the bottom of the job description, and mention this blog!

 

Turning website favicons in to 3D

October 9th, 2009

The feedback I recieved from Reddit about locidesktop.com (my hobby project) was encouraging.

If you would like to join the beta program for locidesktop, please leave a comment below…

One of the comments pointed out that although there is a large choice of icons available, there isn't always a clear recognizable image for each site, and it would be nice if locidesktop would use ‘favicons’. I had considered using favicons previously, but rejected the idea because they are just 16x16 pixels in size, and I wanted to use large images for icons.

I didn't want blurry scaled icons either, and I may have abandoned the idea if a Reddit user hadn't pointed me at this which recommended embracing the pixelated look of favicons for use at desktop icons. I figured I could take this idea a step further and render 3D images from any given 16x16 image, using a combination of Python, Mako templates and Povray – the same combination of technologies I used for my (now defunct) 3D pie chart project.

 
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