Thoughts on the Shrinking PC Market

Gartner reported this week that the PC market hit it’s 5th straight year of decline. As Mikako Kitagawa notes: “The broad PC market has been static as technology improvements have not been sufficient to drive real market growth. There have been innovative form factors like 2-in-1s and thin and light notebooks, as well as technology improvements, such as longer battery life. This end of the market has grown fast, led by engaged PC users who put high priority on PCs. However, the market driven by PC enthusiasts is not big enough to drive overall market growth.” Basically, we’ve reached a...…

Front-End and Mobile Development Sites to Follow

I follow hundreds of sites - using RSS! Yes, RSS. Sure, I use Twitter, but Twitter is just a very inconvenient way to do ensure you find quality content. It’s like using a metal detector on the beach - maybe you’ll find something worthwhile, after you finish sifting through tons of trash. …

Working with Static Site Generators

I’ve talked a lot about static sites. I’ve written a lot about static sites. I’m obviously a huge fan of static sites. So is my good friend Raymond Camden. So, we decided (quite some time ago) to join forces and write a book about static sites. I’d already written a free report on static site generators for O’Reilly, so we proposed a full book. The book, creatively called “Working with Static Site Generators” is complete, though still awaiting final edits. However, you can already purchase and download it as an early release ebook. …

Resources for First Time Speakers

Speaking at a conferences or even a meetup for the first time can be both intimidating and difficult to achieve. Even if you have the courage to submit a talk to a conference, getting accepted can be tough and the first experience can be nerve-wracking. My first experience as a public speaker came at the cf.Objective conference in Minneapolis. I was speaking about a Flex framework called Cairngorm. Cairngorm was notoriously difficult - so, perhaps not the best topic for a first time speaker. Anyway, my timing was off - I spoke way too fast - and I screwed up...…

Did We Avoid the Ad Block Apocalypse?

This morning, I read an interesting article by Patrick Kulp on Mashable. It discusses the so called “ad block apocalypse” that many people were concerned about when Safari on iOS enabled ad blockers. The gist of this concern was that content-focused sites were already having difficulty surviving due to declining ad rates (which desktop ad blockers certainly didn’t help). If ad-blocking took off on mobile, the entire business model could collapse. …

How to Speak at Fluent

There’s a good post by Ben Vinegar suggesting tips for getting accepted to speak at Fluent Conference. These are all good tips and, as he says, will work for just about any event you want to speak at. It’s worth a read. As someone who has spoken at every Fluent so far, and someone on the conference committee, I’d add one other important suggestion - choose a topic where you aren’t going to face as much competition. This was a strategy that worked for me even before I joined the committee. Having reviewed proposals the past couple years I can...…