Why is HTTPS faster than HTTP?

Sam RuebyWeb Development 3 Comments

Last weekend I was at Shmoocon, getting my annual fix of hacker-socialness. Unrelated to the conference I caught a tweet from @KatieHaxx: http://t.co/gR97nWuIB1 — Katie (@KatieHaxx) January 17, 2015 And if you go to www.httpvshttps.com you may be as surprised as I was. https was 70% faster than http. If you’re not as shocked as I was you either already understand …

What are Amazon AWS vCPUs?

Sam RuebyAmazon Web Services 1 Comment

I was really surprised to find this. I was trying to get an idea of the difference in performance between my current m1.large instances and the new m3.large instances. First, I used to CPU-Z to see what it detected. Okay we’ve got: An Xeon E5-2650 running at a detected 1.8 Ghz 2 CPU cores with 1 thread each. Next I …

JavaScript: Always Use Triple-equals When Checking Equality

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I wanted to reblog this because I didn’t realize until recently how important this is and I keep running into it. A Tweet from @dNetGuru ( Farzad E. ) shows an excellent chart of why this is important and not just nit-picking. A good reason to use “===” instead of “==” for equality testing in Javascript http://t.co/aBSXZrpKKn (via: @sdepouw) pic.twitter.com/O3PDEKC5FF — …

Beware that your SATA 3 ports might not be real.

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Years ago a built a computer from what I thought was the best parts available. I wasn’t going to use it mainly for gaming, but I wanted it to be very high performance because when I’m developing, time I have to wait is time wasted. One of those parts was the motherboard, I decided on the Asus P8Z68 Deluxe. Wow, …

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How to Make a Beautiful Transparent Gradient Button.

Sam RuebyCSS, Web Development 2 Comments

I saw a tweet from Tim Brown and I thought the button with the transparent gradient background was awesome. Designing & developing @deneenpottery has been awesome. Handmade Pottery in St Paul. Check it! http://t.co/W7QE33eA0w pic.twitter.com/GP31pG5AzC — Tim Brown (Design) (@timbdesignmpls) December 19, 2014 You have to go to the website he designed to get the full effect because it’s displayed …

What are the ‘m’ and ‘c’ buttons in Mini Profiler?

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I thought this answer was a bit unGoogleable. After upgrading StackExchange’s Mini Profiler I noticed an ‘m’ and ‘c’ at the button. But their use isn’t incredible clear. It turns out, the ‘m’ is minimize/maximize, which is great for those pesky situations where it’s covering a piece of the page you need to see. The ‘c’ button is “clear”: it …

Articles/Videos I’ve recently read/watched

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I enjoyed these, you might too. Life is a game. This is your strategy guide Fundamentals of Mobile Web Development – Chrome Dev Summit 2014 (Matt Gaunt) Browser Rounding and Fractional Pixels Web Design Best Practices Cheat Sheet The physics of productivity: Newton’s laws for getting stuff done

Will-change property

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I just heard about CSS’s will-change  property, which I am particularly interested in because getting websites to run well on mobile is hard. will-change is a CSS draft specification right now. Its purpose is to provide a hint to the browser that the provided properties can possibly change, allowing the browser to preemptively perform expensive operations before it happens, when the …

CSS z-index and stacking context.

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It may be shocking to find out for beginners that don’t know, that CSS’s z-index property isn’t global. The z-index property is relative to the current stacking context. Put even more simply: You can’t set an element’s z-index to a smaller number than another element’s z-index and have it appear under that other element, if your element has any ancestor …