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A Java applet sound example

We all know that multimedia, used properly, can make any web site more entertaining. In this applet tutorial, we'll present a brief example of a Java applet that plays a sound file when it is downloaded. The compiled applet class file is very small - only 559 bytes - and can be downloaded quickly into a user's web browser.

Linux tutorial, part 1

I thought I'd take a little time and write a tutorial on how to get started with the Linux, Unix, and Mac OS X operating systems. As I write this I'm trying to keep in mind a friend of mine who works strictly on Windows, so I'm writing this from that perspective.

Here then is my "Getting Started with Linux and Unix" tutorial.

Mac / Windows - UI design differences

I thought I'd take a few minutes to look at the philosophical design differences between the Mac OS X user interface and the Microsoft Windows user interface. This topic is probably worthy of a Master's degree thesis, but I'm going to rattle off the big differences I see in about 30 minutes worth of typing.

A tag-based filesystem

After working with del.icio.us and other tag-based systems, and thinking about adding tag support and other features to this blog, I started wondering if anyone had applied the "tag" concept to any other systems that are typically directory-based (as del.icio.us seems like a very good replacement for a traditional hierarchical organization (directory) of bookmarks).

Mac HTML editor product reviews

Mac HTML editor review: I didn't go exactly where I wanted with that last post about Mac WYSIWYG HTML editors, so let me try again. This time I'll go the product review route I initially planned to go in that last post.

Mac HTML editors

First, as I related in that post I'm not happy with any of the Mac HTML editors I've found. Second, the point I didn't make, is that these are the Mac HTML editors I've looked at so far:

Looking for a Mac HTML WYSIWYG editor

My search for a Mac WYSIWYG HTML editor continues ... I just finished trying Coda, but I don't like it much more than I like using a text editor like TextMate.

I understand the need for these HTML/text-editing tools when you get down to the nitty-gritty details of HTML editing and you want to work only with the HTML source code, and Coda or TextMate on the Mac are good for that.

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