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How to emulate IE 7 and IE 8 in IE 9

How to emulate IE 7 and IE 8 in IE 9

All web developers know the mantra: "test in all browsers." Much easier said than done. But it's important, especially given the large installed base of users still toiling in the misery of, er... using Internet Explorer (even the very long-in-the-tooth versions 7 and 8). If you're a Mac-centric dev, you must first leap the hurdle of having a Windows environment in which to test. But even then, how can you reliably test three or four versions of Internet Explorer? Happily, there is an easy(ish) way.

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Legos have come a long way from the 1980s

Legos have come a long way from the 1980s

When I was eight, I didn't know what the terms "Shangri-La" or "Mecca" were. If I did, I surely would have applied them to the Lego store I recently ran across at my local mall. (Well, except that the store didn't exist when I was eight.) But wow, what a place. Legos sure have come a long way since I played with them as a kid. As a kid, they were just (very cool) toys and hours of fun. As an adult I see Legos now as a business and brand as well. And from what I can tell, those aspects of the venerable plastic-brick-making company are faring as well as the fun aspect.

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Should you correct spelling and grammar in a code review?

If you're a web developer or software engineer, you've been through many code reviews (at least you better have!). Your syntax, classes, methods and even indentation are fair game, but what about your comments? Is it appropriate for your peers to critique the spelling or grammar on your in-code comments?

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The dirty secret of Dinosaur Train’s Pteranodon family

The dirty secret of Dinosaur Train’s Pteranodon family

Ever wonder how Mrs. and Mr. Pteranodon got their fourth kid, Buddy? He's a T.Rex but lives with a family of Pteranodons. It doesn't make any sense. Something must be going on. Could it be that the loving pterano-parents might have a dark secret in their past? If you've ever seen PBS Kids' show Dinosaur Train (and if you have, you've probably got a toddler and have seen it a LOT) you may have wondered about the true parentage of Buddy the T.Rex. I know I have! So rather than wait for the fine folks at PBS to expose the Pteranodons as egg-napping villains, I did it myself. I hope you enjoy this little bit of fictional backstory that's probably not appropriate to read to your toddler.

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Dear Netflix: please charge me more

What? Why would I want to pay more? It may sound odd to want to pay more, but as a (mostly) satisfied Netflix customer since 2002 I've seen their business model transition primarily from physical discs to digital streaming. That's a good thing. But the disparity between the offerings between the two distribution models is glaring. It's simple: higher-quality streaming offerings would be worth paying more. A colleague wrote an excellent open letter to Netflix explaining this desire and I repost it here with his permission.

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About Me

About Me

Scott Bush is a web developer, former IT manager, father, and many other things in Seattle, Wash. When he’s not coding, chasing after toddlers, or sucking down lattés, you can find him tinkering on his—or his clients—web sites, reading, or training in karate or jujutsu.

Some photos – Here’s a smattering of pictures of me. (Those with my kids and are clearly much cuter!) They were taken in exotic locales like Vietnam, Japan, and Everett, Wash.

Scott--he's for the birds! Scott and Crystal in a Vietnamese cave Scott riding in Vietnam