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  • It may not be obvious at first, but to the web-savvy policy maker, establishing social media profiles and promoting government agencies and non-profit organizations through social media venues such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter makes a lot of sense.

    When I first published this article, only a handful of agencies had a social media presence. Now, it seems that we have reached the tipping point. Just take a look at a sampling of government agencies on YouTube.

  • From his denunciations of Wall Street greed to his critiques of the auto manufacturers, Obama and his team have done little to disguise their mistrust of big business — except when it comes to one very large, very influential technology company.

    In Google (GOOG, Fortune 500), the $22-billion-a-year online-advertising Goliath, Obama appears to have found a corporate kindred spirit. Google executives, led by CEO Eric Schmidt and co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, are scary smart and supremely self-confident (much like the President himself), and despite their company's growing power, they depict themselves as advocates for consumers.

  • Blogging as a designer or developer can be tough and at times exhausting. In a crowded niche it can become disheartening when perhaps our blogs growth doesn’t match our expectations.

    However help is at hand! I asked a small selection of well known bloggers to share their secrets, advice and tips on how to get (and stay) on the road to becoming a successful blogger.

    For this interview each participant was asked the same set of questions.

  • JavaScript optimizer that compiles web apps down into compact, high-performance JavaScript code. The compiler removes dead code, then rewrites and minimizes what's left so that it will run fast on browsers' JavaScript engines. The compiler also checks syntax, variable references, and types, and warns about other common JavaScript pitfalls. These checks and optimizations help you write apps that are less buggy and easier to maintain. You can use the compiler with Closure Inspector, a Firebug extension that makes debugging the obfuscated code almost as easy as debugging the human-readable source.

    Because JavaScript developers are a diverse bunch, we've set up a number of ways to run the Closure Compiler. We've open-sourced a command-line tool. We've created a web application that accepts your code for compilation through a text box or a RESTful API. We are also offering a Firefox extension that you can use with Page Speed to conveniently see the performance benefits for your web pages.

  • Remember the last time you moved? For all the promise that the move would make your life better, there was at least some short-term pain: boxes to pack and unpack, a new house or office to get used to, a new neighborhood to learn.

    Moving from a Windows PC to a Mac—at the office or at home—presents the same kinds of opportunities and challenges. It requires some up-front effort: Transferring your data from your old machine to your new one, getting your hardware and software to run, and learning your way around OS X, the Mac’s operating system. (For the purposes of this story, when I say “OS X,” I mean OS X 10.6, also known as Snow Leopard.)

    (tags: mac computers)

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