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Domain name resilience

As people that deal with digital media day in and day out, we've grown accustomed to build resilience in our designs. We backup our files, use version control, mirror our disks and our servers, rsync our data, balance load...

iOS 8 Family Sharing lockout

Saturday 20th 07:30a CET: part of the problem has been fixed. My daughter's lockout was removed (as those of a number of people on internet) and the next update will provide better information on this process. Kudos Apple and...

Back from California

Fighting jet-lag, the head full of amazing images, we're back from California. Once again, I used Tumblr as a travel weblog to collate pictures and words throughout our trip (with the Publisher theme from Projector Themes). As I explained...

#663399Becca

Today, Rebecca Alison Meyer will be buried after fighting a fight no one could win against cancer. She was six years old to the day. It feels so unnatural for a child to die before his or her parents. I...

I am a proud uncle

My nephew James, soon to be 24 yrs old, leaves for Australia this evening. James is going back to settle with his girl friend T. - one of my favourite names :), taking what could be a life turning...

Farewell Amberpeaks

The Amberpeaks chalets were sold to a new owner at the end of September and their website was closed shortly after. It's always sad to see a functional website close down, but I guess it's life. I was good...

Unplugged in Paros

Whoosh. It's been quite a busy year, and I haven't taken the time to write much (again). Anyway, we are about to leave for the island of Paros (Πάρος) in Greece and I quickly setup a Tumblr log...

Squarespace 6 localisation

I don't know about you, but I am hearing a lot about Squarespace these days, either at conferences or as a podcast sponsor, and I decided to evaluate v6 from an internationalisation angle. Squarespace shines as a CMS. Really....

Our short stay at the Hotel Eden in Chamonix

It is not easy finding a í¢â‚¬Å“goodí¢â‚¬Â hotel or a restaurant in a town you are not familiar with. There are a number of services out there designed to help you do just that but sometime fail short because...

Dad

A day out with Dad in Perranporth back in 2007. My Dad was my castle, for real. Aug 4th, 2012 : «Love you Dadí¢â‚¬Â....

Off to Tuscany

There. We're about to take off for a couple of weeks in Tuscany! Yes! I'm working my way down my ToDo lists in an attempt to leave my professional matters as clean as possible. Among those was to setup...

ISO relaunched

It's a big day: the ISO (the International Organization for Standardization) have officially relaunched their website based on the redesign Andy Clarke and I worked on last autumn and early this year. It was a fantastic adventure. First, to...

StarTicket fails to deliver Muse concert tickets

Some days when things just don't go your way. That's life. But when it's due to bad design. That sucks. Yesterday, the tickets for Muse's swiss concert went on sale at 10:00am, and not surprisingly, the site went down an...

Thoughts on passing your iPad down

Each time I've upgraded to a new iDevice, the previous one was passed down to a family member. This has worked out just fine, until now - maybe. Backup is key Make sure to backup your iPad to iCloud...

Mad

The world can be a sick place. Walking back from the supermarket, I met our 96 years old neighbour, a sweet lady (Ms H) I've known most my life. Smiling and positive, she poddles on as best she can....

Hôtel Les Bellugues, Saint Jean-du-Gard

Sometimes things fall just right. We are back from our short trip in the Cévennes relaxed and rested thanks in part to the warm welcome we received from Pascal and Yves who run the charming Hí´tel Les Bellugues in...

My dad is my castle

We're about to set off for 10 days in the Cévennes to recharge our batteries. I'm looking forward to this special time in family, just the four of us. For as far back as I can remember, I have...

Auberge du Cheval Blanc du Carre d'Aval

It's always a shame to see a business you like run down by a new management. L'Auberge du Cheval Blanc du Carre d'Aval is a country side restaurant with a beautiful terrasse situated near Meinier, in the Geneva countryside....

Lift 10 — The redefinition of Privacy

liftconference on livestream.com. Broadcast Live Free Warning: the following notes were live blogged on Wednesday by session, so please forgive the typos and semantic errors, I'll brush it up later and break it up ion separate posts. Some day....

Lift 10 — Wed afternoon sessions

Back at Lift. This is my 4th edition and the vibes are still as good. The workshop formula has changed this year: instead of concentrating the workshops over the Wednesday preceding two days of conferences, they are spread out...

Number nine

Emma turned nine at 10:52 this morning. Happy birthday Emma, my precious little dancing princess. Currently playing in iTunes: Love by Térez Montcalm...

Using Tumblr as a travel log

The Empty Set has been on the back burner for a little while now, one reason being that we travelled back to India this winter for a little under a month. Add to that the end of year rush...

I ? my {international} Kindle

I received my International Kindle last Wednesday, and have been playing around with it since. As we've set the clock back an hour today, I'll take the opportunity to post my 2í‚¢ worth of initial Kindle thoughts and how...

Ten

Ten. It has always been a special number to me. In a decimal or binary system. It is the first two digit number you learn. Ten years. Intimately linked to a gap. Things must happen in ten years. Things must...

Farewell Dean

Cornishmen do it dreckly. The wind will guide you The sun will warm you The moon will energize you The water will cleanse you The Universe will shelter you...

iPhoned 10 years after

Gee. I've just realised it will be 10 years this spring that I've owned a cellphone. Well, several would be more accurate. While my iPhone was being knocked about in a UPS van somewhere, I began to try and...

LIFT 2008 afterthoughts

Once again, here I am in a post-conference-blues mood after LIFT 2008 ended yesterday. As Laurent mentionned, in 2006 we had a conference, in 2007 an event, and in 2008 a community. It felt like that this time. At...

LIFT 2008

Back to the LIFT conference for the first day of conferences. As last year, I dodn't manage to attend the workshops, or at least not in a serious fashion, but I'm here for the full two days of conferences...

Earth Hour 2008

A couple a days ago, a tweet from my friend Madhava attracted my attention: I followed it and discovered the Earth Hour project. Last year, Australian WWF organized the original Earth Hour during which over 2.2 million residents of Sydney...

Days like this

Days when things just go wrong, haywire, off target, awry, out of order. Murphy is never far, add a pinch of procrastination and the day has come and gone. The Todos remain, the sun sets and it's time to...

Backup revisited

I've recently fine tuned my overall backup strategy and finally found a balance between efficiency, security and ease of use that suits me. As you may or may not know, I'm a paranoid sucker when it comes down to...

Thoughts on Web Strategy

Regularly, I get asked about the future of the web, or what is the next big thing?, what is all this Web 2.0 buzz? or I get called in to talk about web strategy in general or in particular. My...

Watch that trailing slash

The trailing slash on URLs referencing directories has always bugged me because it doesn't look good. I am a bit of a URL fetishist, I like URLs to be simple and clear and without a trailing slash. But that...

Use Apache's mod_rewrite for beautiful MovableType URLs

If you are an URL fetishist like me, you certainly have been bugged by the fact that MovableType's installation URL kicks in when you need to use MovableType's search function. Eventhough MovableType can host multiple weblogs each with their...

On hardware failures

There are days when the hardware lets you down. I've noticed a significant increase in the frequency of hardware failures these last years, part of them related to quality control (see below). More personally, I've been experiencing a hardware...

After FoWA London 2007

Heathrow Airport, gate 19, waiting to board the plane back to Geneva with Mathias and Enrique. The Future of Web Apps 2007 conference wrapped up yesterday for us as we didn't attend today's workshops. I'm flying back with mixed...

My short Lift 2007

The Lift Conference 2007 is wrapping up while I write these lines. I didn't manage to attend it as I initially planned to. I was going to spend Thursday and Friday following the conferences and socialising. The reality turned...

What is your notepad bag?

If you own a notepad (aka laptop) computer you care for, you probably own a well designed, strong and sturdy laptop bag, with all the appropriate protection your investment requires. I get the impression people aren't that worried about...

Interarchy, old friend

I received Peter N. Lewis' last "Total Interarchy" issue today. He announces that Interarchy's lead developer Matthew Drayton has formed a new company, Nolobe Pty Ltd, and acquired Interarchy and that he is retiring from its development. As of...

My backup paranoia

There's been a fair bit of talk on backup strategies, hardware and software around me lately, so I thought I'd add my two cents worth. I guess I'm a sort of paranoid backup freak. So don't take too literally...

Welcome to the empty set

Welcome to the Empty Set [∅]. In mathematics and more specifically set theory, the empty set is the unique set which contains no elements. Wikipedia Multiple personalities Basically, this weblog is all about solving a case of multiple personalities. The...


About

Hello, my name is David Roessli. I am a freelance web designer and developer based in Geneva, Switzerland.

This weblog is an nth attempt to solve my multiple online personalities and weblog/rss feeds burnout issues. (more)

Words

I have been contemplating the idea of upgrading my desktop Mac since this spring. The latest 27" iMac (Quad-Core) seemed the perfect candidate, but the release of Apple's 27" Monitor last September made me stick with the Mac Pro...

Music

The autopsy of an iconic album cover picked up on Kottke.org. A stacked graph of successive radio signals from pulsar CP 1919, in a 1977 astronomy encyclopedia that originated in a 1970 Ph.D. thesis. Fascinating <3...

Pictures

Check out my latest Flickr ramblings. Mostly day to day cameraphone pictures stolen here and there.


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