buster.js released

April 5th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

I’ve made available my initial release of buster.js, a frame-buster-buster script.

A frame-buster-buster busts frame-busters. In other words, some sites (vimeo.com is a good example) include scripts to keep their pages from being displayed in frames – instead they pop out of the frame and take window focus. This is for good reasons, mostly to protect intellectual property and be sure their content is represented as their own, not as someone else’s.

buster.js is intended to bust these scripts, or prevent them from popping out of the frame. To be clear, this is not intended to be used to misrepresent the owner of any content. This is intended for use on sites/pages where you want to take the user to an external site for some reason, but want to keep a bar at the top to bring them back to your site once they’re finished (or something to that effect).

buster.js is provided as a free script and I take no responsibility for how it is used outside of my control.

Read more at Projects > buster.js

Download at Github: https://github.com/spoontwisted/busterjs

Bicycle Safety – How You Can Help

August 8th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

As some of you may know, a co-worker and close friend of mine was killed in a hit-and-run while riding his bicycle in April of this year. This has been a devastating and eye-opening experience for myself and many of those close to me. While he wasn’t wearing a helmet, he did have front and rear lights and was riding fully within the law. This horrific event has brought to my attention the state of bicycle safety in the world today. Working with my employer, Bazaarvoice, and some co-workers and friends, we’ve set out to try and improve the situation.

We wanted to find a way to improve not only the safety of cyclists already on the road, but the general perception of them by motorists. We’ve teamed up with two non-profit organizations and are helping them raise money for their efforts.

Please Be Kind to Cyclists
Please Be Kind to Cyclists is an organization based on Austin, TX whose goal is to spread awareness of bicycle traffic and safety to motorists and cyclists alike – not only in Austin, or Texas, but globally. They work to educate motorists and cyclists, and even have efforts in place to get bicycle awareness built into state drivers education courses – a measure that will no doubt improve conditions. We are hoping to help them expand their campaign to a national level in support of their goal.

BikeTexas is an advocacy group also based in Austin, TX that works to not only educate cyclists young and old, but also to influence legislation for more bicycle friendly transportation options. We hope to help fund their giveaway programs – lights and helmets to children and others who ride bicycles – and their educational programs which include working with school teachers to integrate bicycle safety into existing education.

When you consider the benefits of riding your bike when compared to driving – exercise, efficiency, environment, etc.. – it’s a no-brainer that we should encourage this as a lifestyle choice, and protect those that already do it. We should work to not only educate, but to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians on local, state, national and global levels.

Please drop by the Safe Lanes site and throw in a donation to help these organizations. Our goal is $50,000, but even $10 helps. Please also share this site with your friends, relatives and co-workers. This issue is a serious one, around 700 cyclists are killed each year in the US in traffic accidents. Let’s help these campaigns to spread knowledge and work to improve roads and transportation for everyone.


Beer Register Goes Social!

March 24th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

I’m pleased to announce that Beer Register, the site for tracking your beer tastings, has gone social! Now you can add your friends and share ratings and comments!

Go to http://www.beerregister.com to sign up!

There are plans in the pipeline to add features that enrich the social experience. If you have any suggestions or ideas, please feel free to let me know!

Follow Beer Register on Twitter @beerregister and on Facebook.

Beer Register

January 3rd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Today, I’m proud to announce the launch of the first iteration of my beer tasting web application, Beer Register.

Sunshine Wheat at The Flying Saucer in Austin, TXI’ve been working on it for the last month or so, and it’s ready to go with some basic functionality. I will be working hard to add more functionality in the near future, including brewery information, pre-populated beer data, and social features that let you see what others rate beers, breweries, and even bars!

Visit http://www.beerregister.com/ and sign up to get started today!

I got the idea when a friend of mine, Tyler, showed me that he was using the notepad application on his Android-powered phone to keep track of beers he tasted. This was far simpler than using one of the existing beer applications or sites, which generally ask you a wide array of questions about the beer when you add it to your list.

After doing some research, I found he was correct. All of the mobile applications and beer tracking sites are designed primarily for use by beer connoisseurs. Not to say there isn’t a place for that, because these are valuable resources indeed, but something simpler would be nice.

I set out to create a site that was accessible on both computers and mobile devices that easily lets you track basic information about beers you taste, when you taste them.

In the future, I plan on releasing mobile applications as well, including an iPhone app and an Android app. Stay tuned for updates!

Beta Browsers Speed Tests

September 3rd, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

Only a day after Google’s first beta release of their upcoming Chrome browser, people are already road-testing it.

Have a look at this Lifehacker post, where the current beta of Chrome, the current beta of the upcoming Firefox 3.1, and the current beta of Internet Explorer 8 are compared for Javascript & CSS performance, startup times, and memory usage.

From what I’ve seen across the web and in my own experience, the new Google Chrome sits right next to Firefox 3. Take that, Microsoft.