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Why contractors aren't always the best of solutions for your website's needs

Why contractors aren’t always the best of solutions for your website’s needs

Sometimes, it might be worth doing it yourself

I work for a small company of 100 people or so and am the sole web designer, developer and general IT guy for the office. Following my recommendation, we’ve recently taken on the project of re-desiging our website and bringing the 10 year-old code up to web standards.

As the people in my office tend to keep me very busy, my superiors opted to hire a large contracting company to update the website and bring the everything up to par. I wasn’t against the idea, but I definitely would have preffered to structure and laying out the CSS, documenting everything in case I’m to be replaced later on, but time was a factor and I couldn’t deliver as fast as they needed. We had used them before, and they’ve built us awesome ASP applications that make all of our lives easier, so I was under the impression they could at least provide proper HTML.

Several months go by and we near completion and finally get a glimpse of the new site. It was like hitting me in the face with a hammer. It looked horrible.

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Using the Microsoft Wireless Gaming Receiver in 64-bit Windows 7 or Vista

Getting your receiver to work as it should

A few days ago, I picked up a Microsoft-branded wireless receiver to use my XBOX 360′s steering wheel on my PC. To my horror, I discovered that the drivers included on the bundled disc were not compatible with 64-bit versions of Windows Vista or Windows 7. Here’s how I managed to get the thing going.

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Thoughts on Red Dead: Redemption

Thoughts on Red Dead: Redemption

My first day in the 'ole west

If I’ve learned anything from Final Fantasy XII, it’s that any game, no matter what the publisher and their track record might be, can take a horrible turn for the worse. Rarely do I buy games anymore and when I do, I’m often left with a rumble in the gut while I ask myself why I just pissed away 60$ on a piece of plastic when I could have leased it for nickels on the dollar. Look, when I first heard of Red Dead Redemption, I was far from being sold. Another shallow western spaghetti shooter with no soul. We’ve seen many of those before, right?

The least I could say is, so far, I’ve been proven wrong. From to moment I’ve picked up the game, my butt has not left the couch until it was forced to do so by the looming challenge of going to work the following day.

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Content-aware image navigation menus in WordPress

Content-aware image navigation menus in WordPress with simple CSS & PHP

Swapping menu images to match user's location

So you’ve built yourself a new WordPress blog and decided to use a fancy image-driven navigation menu, but now you’d like that menu to tell visitors where they are. By using a few of WordPress’ built-in functions along with a little CSS and PHP, we can easily make it happen.

You’ll need to have a basic understanding of CSS, HTML and maybe a little PHP to understand how it all comes together.

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