Bookmarks for Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

Here’s what I’m reading and bookmarking this week on the web.

Digital Web Magazine – How to Build a Green Business

Digital Web Magazine - How to Build a Green Business

In an age of inconvenient truths, global warming, and “green is good” messages in the mass media, Sustainability has become a popular catchphrase and the new marketing must-have for many companies. But what does it truly mean? And how can it apply to your business? Contributing to the community in which you work can have far-reaching business effects, from positive brand recognition, to free networking and marketing, to a broader, better talent pool. Plus, it just makes for a better place to work and live. In this article, I’ll discuss how our web design and development company incorporated sustainability into our business model, and how other development companies can do the same

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OpenID-2.0.2 with Rails-2.0.2

OpenID-2.0.2 with Rails-2.0.2

How to use OpenID with Rails 2.0.2

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Null is Love » Ruby on Rails

Null is Love » Ruby on Rails

Great series on learning testing and TDD on ruby on rails

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Beautiful WordPress Designs

Beautiful WordPress Designs

WordPress designs utilizing the css-enabled Sandbox theme are easy ways to get going on your wordpress blog customization.

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Buy the Full Ownership Rights to Articles, Tutorials, and Website Content | Daily Article

Buy the Full Ownership Rights to Articles, Tutorials, and Website Content | Daily Article

Pay for royalty-free rights to articles for your site. This seems like a bit of a short-cut, but if you find the right article it may be very cost and time effective. And if you’re a writer, you could get paid for your work. It’s kind of like iStockPhoto for articles.

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Testing your Rails views with Hpricot — Luke Redpath

Testing your Rails views with Hpricot — Luke Redpath

Rails comes with the built-in assert_tag method but I’ve always found it clunky and a pain in the arse to use. By combining the Hpricot library and a few useful helper functions, you can now test the output of your Rails views in Test::Unit::TestCase easily using Hpricot’s support for CSS selector searches.

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DoubleTake – Stitch Images to Panoramas on Mac OS X

DoubleTake - Stitch Images to Panoramas on Mac OS X

Virtual wide angle lens for panorama images. Drag images from iPhoto or Finder and stitch them together, with a minimum of effort. for €16.95

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Flash Panorama Software / Photo Stitching Software – Panoweaver 5.00

Flash Panorama Software / Photo Stitching Software - Panoweaver 5.00

Flash Panorama Software / Photo Stitching Software – Stitch photos into 360 degree spherical Flash panorama. Free trial. You may stitch both spherical and cubic Flash panoramas. Mac only version 4, $299

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Kekus photo stitching and correction software. Panoramas made easy.

Kekus photo stitching and correction software. Panoramas made easy.

Calico is an automatic multi-row stitcher for the casual photographer. Calico was developed with ease of use in mind. Unlike many other stitching programs, Calico does not limit you to a single row of images or a 3×3 mosaic. With Calico, you can shoot several rows of images or a single row. It’s your choice. Calico requires OS X.4 (Tiger). $39

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Easy Ways to Create a Professional Photography Website

There are so many options available to photographers to create a professional looking portfolio site. Here are just a few I’ve run across in the past couple of months.

SmugMug.com offers template based sites and includes a way to sell your photos, printing, and custom watermarks.

Satellite powered by a flickr professional account. You also need a web hosting account that supports the php programming language to install Satellite on. You don’t have to know any php – but knowing some basic HTML helps. Despite all these steps, this is my current favorite because it’s customizable, can be hosted on many website accounts, and gives you a real web hosting account to play with, which gives you additional benefits of having [email protected] email, and the ability to install a WordPress blog like the one you are reading now. To see an example of a Satellite powered site I recently created for a friend, check out Colleen Todd‘s. portfolio.

Worried about copying of your images? Consider using steganography (like DigiMarc in Adobe Photoshop) to digitally watermark your photos, although it has been said it reduces quality. An alternative is to put a “bug” in a corner of the image with your name. This can be done in batch mode with a program like iWatermark. Personally, I prefer the bug method, for reasons Ken Rockwell explains.

Want to include a slideshow widget on your site? Check out the Google AJAX Feed Slideshow widget.

Do it yourself portfolios: (free) http://start.uber.com/design can be used for photography or any artwork.

If you have a mac, you may already have the the Apple iLife suite, including iPhoto and iWeb and a dotMac account which can help you make a decent looking portfolio site.

If any of the above methods doesn’t give you a professional web address (URL) of your own, like www.mynamephotos.com – you can use domain masking at a registrar (like SustainableDomains.com) to point to the computer generated URL.

Know of any others, or had experience with the above that you can share? Please let us know in the comments below!