Joel Walters

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A Little Refresh

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I updated my site with a few new things.

  • Updated my About page with current skills, interests, etc.
  • Updated my UW work experience
    • Added a screenshot and link to admit.washington.edu
  • Updated colors and typography! Yay. A bit cleaner.
  • Added my GitHub repos on the sidebar of the homepage. Neat.

A 12.5 Megapixel Display

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Can Windows 8 plus a pair of Nvidia Quadro 450 graphics cards really give me a 12.5 Megapixel display? It sounds too good to be true. How many pixels is too many pixels? All good questions.

I will soon be exploring the amazing realm of large-scale touch screens. Windows 8, I hope you are a good choice.

PosteRazor … Posters From Letter Sized Sheets

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PosteRazor must be the greatest thing since sliced bread.

The PosteRazor cuts a raster image into pieces which can afterwards be printed out and assembled to a poster.

posterazor homepage posterazor.sourceforge.net

Yep, that’s right, you can assemble a poster from copy paper on the cheap. But “how can I avoid the ugliness of scotch tape and paper curl?” you might ask. Good question!

I found 8.5x14 legal sized sheets with removable adhesive backing from onlinelabels.com which would let you slap your paper right onto the painted wall surface — no tape, no curling. Woohoo!

More Mobile Navigation Options

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I’ve been following along mobile navigation options on the twitters and came across some interesting approaches to solving this UX issue.

Smart mobile navigation without hacks

This option makes use of the :target CSS pseudo-class selector, which lets you style elements referenced by the URL #fragment.

It’s a CSS-only solution that works on most modern browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, IE 9+), however, it is currently incompatible with Opera Mobile since the :target CSS doesn’t seem to trigger a page update. Doh!

Cool, huh? Bravo to Aaron Gustafson for coming up with the solution. Hopefully an Opera Mobile workaround will be available soon.

An alternative to select elements as navigation in narrow viewports

Instead of using a select drop-down on narrow screens, why not recreate the experience with toggleable blocks that you style your way?

Interesting alternative to using the somewhat awkward select drop-down. Maybe I’ll give it a shot.