Sunday, June 1, 2008

"Not In My Cart" from the Consumer's Union

Did you know...
  • 80% of all toys sold in the U.S. are now manufactured in China.

  • The Consumer Product Safety Commission inspects less than 1% of imported goods.

  • The FDA inspects about 1% of imported food.
Yeah. Not too reassuring, is it? The "Not in My Cart" website from the Consumer's Union posts the most recent recalls of products as well as asking you to encourage your lawmakers in Congress to pass laws that protect your safety and the safety of your loved ones.

From the website:

Bright toys coated with lead paint, savory fish with illegal chemicals, toothpaste with a poison used in antifreeze--the recent wave of recalls reminds us that ordinary things we use every day may not be safe. Consumers Union created to give you a place to check for recent product recalls and take action to make all products safer in the future. The U.S. market is now flooded with imported products--tens of millions of items arriving in cargo ships stacked high with containers. Recalls, after a dangerous product is found on store shelves, are important, but not enough.
Also from their website:
Consumers Union (CU) is an expert, independent, nonprofit organization, whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers. CU publishes Consumer Reports and in addition to two newsletters, Consumer Reports on Health and Consumer Reports Money Adviser with combined subscriptions of more than 7 million. Consumers Union also has more than 500,000 online activists who help work to change legislation and the marketplace in favor of the consumer interest and several public education Web sites. Since its founding in 1936, Consumers Union has never taken any advertising or freebies of any kind.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Easiest Tooltip and Image Preview Using jQuery - from the CSSGlobe Blog

From the blog: "Recently I had a project that demanded a rollover image preview. You know, one of those tooltip-like bubble popups that appears when you roll over link or a thumbnail. Since we were already using jQuery on that project I decided to take it easy and investigate what can be done with that extraordinary library. So I came up with a script so simple it hurts! The best thing yet is that it can be applied for a variety of purposes."

This is very, very nice and looks easy, too. The three versions are packaged together for easy download or you can copy and past from the blog.

Version One: The Simplest jQuery Tooltip Ever

Version Two: Image Preview Gallery

Version Three: Links With URL Preview


Aw, just for the heck of it, let's see what I can come up with using this guy's script(s)...

My Version of Version One - the tooltip
My Version of Version Two - Image Preview Gallery
My Version of Version Three - Screenshot Preview

Friday, May 9, 2008

Spinwave Image Crunchers

I've been using the free online demo versions for a long time and they work just great for some types of images. You choose how many colors in the pallette and Spinwave will crunch that little sucker on down to web-manageable size. Photoshop does the same thing when you use their "save for the web" option. But, this place is worth a try and if you like what you see, you might want to actually buy this stuff.


5 Column Layout for Blogs

If you would like to change the layout of your Blogspot (Blogger) Blog, check out this blog that offers templates for a five-column layout. Aside from the free templates, details are given for how to install templates and how to back up the blog layout you are currently using.'s "Quick Escape" and Other Web Development Tools


What is "Quick Escape?" It's a tool that lets you quickly paste in HTML and for that to be converted to escaped characters which can be pasted back in to your HTML source code so that it renders on screen. PSST... great for blog posts.

Visit Accessify's homepage.