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Responsive design – have we come full circle?

Responsive Day Out, or #responsiveconf (or #beefcheeks) was a one day conference held down in Brighton and organised by Jeremy Keith. The talks were fast and furious (20 minutes each) and followed by a seated discussion on sofa’s with Jeremy fielding questions from the audience. It was cheap at cheerful (tickets being great value at £50) with a good after-party that didn’t turn into carnage allowed many extended discussions. The excitement around the subject was, as I’m very old and can remember this kind of stuff rather similar to the early @media’s revolving around web standards, and on a week were the Web Standards Project shut itself down I was left wondering; have our best practises actually changed? Read more

Images – why the right format matters

Websites in the past few years have started to suffer from bloatedness and over-indulgance. People have predicted that an average site may hit 2mb by the end of 2013 which is fairly hefty, especially for people on a slow network or those with a fixed amount of data they can use each month. There are lots of code refactoring processes that can be done to improve things but you don’t need to be a coder to make your site faster – just use the correct image for the subject matter it contains and you can make some amazing size savings. Read more

to 2013 and beyond…

If this blog is anything to go by all I ended up doing in 2012 was kill off a website, LOOK for a new member of the Mozilla Foundation WebDev team and rage tweet to near comedic levels. Thankfully that doesn’t paint the entire picture but it’s not like anyone really knows this as instead I decide to talk about my beer consumption and how angry I am at various things; I want 2013 to be better. Read more

Retiring drumbeat.org – our plans

Drumbeat.org in it’s current state has been live for a year and has helped support the Drumbeat community that:

  • has produced numerous projects that have since become core components to the Mozilla Foundations work efforts,
  • helped us run international events in Barcalona and London,
  • lead numerous community events worldwide.

We wanted a platform where people could let people could tell the world about their web projects, have the community help them out and have them made better. We received loads, with some of my favourites being:

These are all amazing projects but you might have noticed one thing – they’ve all now outgrown what we provide at drumbeat.org. Read more

Come work with me for the Mozilla Foundation

We’re looking to recruit this week (14th March 2012) – watch this space!

At the moment I’m the only developer on my team at Mozilla, in fact I’m the only person in my team. I am “Team Ross”. Thankfully in March this will change, we’ve already hired a designer and we’re looking to add at least another developer to work on supporting the Mozilla Foundations work, events and communities.

If that’s already got you wanting to apply then please have a read of the job spec and get your application in – http://careers.mozilla.org/en-US/position/oIkXVfwE. Read more