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Star Wars: The Old Republic first impressions

I’ve been an MMORPG player for years.  I started with Star Wars: Galaxies and dabbled in others like Anarchy Online and Final Fantasy XI in the early 2000s.  I leveled to 80 in Age of Conan (yeah...). 

I started a low carb focused diet 42 days ago. I've lost 30 pounds (detailed analysis)

I'm not a fitness or health professional.  Growing up, I weighed 270lb at my maximum when I was 13 years old.  I implemented a slightly better diet with workouts and dropped to 195lb during high school.  That is my lowest weight.  I've come to realize that my ideal weight is somewhere around 190lb.  I'm 6'0" with a larger build.

Hacking Realtime Google Analytics for TV Display

EDIT 2/2/2012: Google likes to randomly change the CSS/page structure of the Realtime Analytics page.  You can always get the updated version at the demo page I have set up (since I use it for the TV display at work and fix it when it breaks).  It has changed twice so far since this post.

Android 4.0 (Icecream Sandwich) update breaks "existing devices" detection in Eclipse

I recently upgraded my Android dev kit to check out the Icecream Sandwich update.  It's important that app developers check that their existing apps work under 4.0 since it'll be coming to devices eventually.

Using Adaptive CSS to create mobile-friendly pages

I recently discovered the greatness that is adapt.js, or Adaptive CSS.  In a nutshell, it's a javascript tool that allows your website to activate different CSS files based on the user's current browser window size.  

Essential security feeds for web developers

I try to subscribe to security and release announcement RSS feeds in Google Reader since it's bad practice to let software become out of date, especially on a web server.  At the very least you'll know of a vulnerability and be able to patch it.  Here are some important ones I use:

The Android emulator takes a long time to load: solution

Having recently started development with Android, I noticed that the emulator takes ages to load up initially.  My original thought was that testing a change would take a very long time.  However, this is not the case.  If you launch an emulator from the Eclipse SDK, you must remember not to close the emulator window.  When you make changes and relaunch the application your changes will automatically be installed on the existing emulator.  This is something that wasn't completely obvious to me when I started.

Tips for beginner web developers

I feel starting out as a person who makes websites today is different than it was 12 years ago when I started.  Back then I had literally no guide and I was a middle school student.  Somehow, I pulled through and that experience is an interesting thing to look at now that I'm a little older.  Compared to some I am still a beginning web developer, but I now do it professionally and make a living with it.

Here is a list of things I'd recommend to anyone starting out on the path of web development.

Don't get burned by PayPal disputes and digital goods (especially with Drupal + Ubercart)

Recently, a user filed a dispute against one of my digital subscription-based websites.  Having never dealt with a PayPal dispute before, I went in not knowing what to expect.  I examined the user's account in Ubercart and they had definitely paid via PayPal and the IPN information was sent back to the site that the order had been successful.  The user had also received the digital subscriber role.  PayPal contacted me noting the user had filed a dispute against me that they did not receive the product.  However, I could see that they very clearly had.

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