Everyman Links for December 19, 2009

Farewell, Roy Disney. The loss of Roy Disney gets Everyman top spot tonight. Roy was Walt Disney’s nephew and close to Disney’s work since he was a child in the 30’s. He was also instrumental in transitioning Disney from Eisner to Iger in 2005. Here’s a Six-Part American Television video interview with Roy, complete with chapter links and highlights.

Need an icon? Jaben Cargma tweeted this the other day. Search through 125,000 icons or browse 330 icon sets at Icon Finder.

Top PR Blunders of 2009. You may find this list of 2009 PR blunders interesting. Domino’s had become "the latest company to learn how quickly a brand can be tainted in a Web 2.0 world – and how important it is to monitor social media."  Regarding the quickly rescinded KFC free grilled chicken meal offering announced on Oprah, “"if you throw in with Oprah, you have to be prepared to serve America – all of it, at the same time."

eBook industry and music industry do Dumb and Dumber. Apparently the $9.99 eBook price point is not a money-maker. “You need an orderly process to sell books and DRM makes that possible, mainly because it allows content creators and distributors to make money from that content." As Gerd Leonhard responds, “DRM is a total – and much discussed – nuisance and significant deterrent to legal consumer behavior, and it does ZERO to prevent sharing of copyrighted content online.” And bringing it home with, “Face it: the price point for digital books has to be lower – much lower – than the price point for a real i.e. dead-tree, printed, shipped, physical book. Just because you can’t seem to figure out how to reduce your costs across the board, start to add significant value in new areas.”

Live Availability Checking with jQuery. Our recently-discovered jQuery Stud Strinivas Tamada brings us more jQuery goodness with a live username availability plugin.

Bitly.tv Interesting visual display of currently popular videos at bitly.tv. Nice integrated tweet and quick sharing video panel. You can check them out for yourself with this video of David Bowie meets Bing Crosby for a Christmas Classic.

Speed-up! Part Deux. We did a Speed-up! link on the November 24th Everyman, but it never hurts to skim though another one. Good reminders on reducing http requests to the server by using image sprites, contextual selectors and consolidating CSS and javascript files (called the on first site visit and then cached.)  For further study, here are 7 tools to optimize the speed of your website.

How to answer “What do you do?” This comes up from time-to-time for developers. It’s an issue that continues to entertain. Top 10 Ways [for Web Designers] to Answer the Question: What Do You Do?  "Me: ‘I am a web designer.’ Them: ‘Oh! My dentist also does web design. He is really good with Frontpage and stuff. He even has his own web site. It has something to do with Geocities…’ Me: ‘Yeah. I do dental work on the side, too. I even have my own drill and chair.’" My personal response isn’t on the list. “Them: ‘What do you do, Dave?’” Me: ‘I type. And people send me checks.’”

Lord of the Rings on Blu-Ray. Coming in April.  Should be incredible for you guys with HDTV.  My only consolation as an owner of a 35” Sony Trinitron that won’t die, it’s not the extended version.

ScottGu on SEO toolkit. Something to do to celebrate when my Virtual Server Host provider upgrades my server to Windows 2008. Speaking of host providers, apparently the SEO Toolkit’s caching enabled Phil Haack to restore a ton of images after his host server had a hard-drive failure.

Design Miscellany Sendoff. I do enjoy these Speckyboy Twitter Design News roundups. Nothing in particular to mention, but more here than web design stuff, valuable to scroll through for news, ideas and a bookmark or two.

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A long time developer, I was an early adopter of Linux in the mid-90's for a few years until I entered corporate environments and worked with Microsoft technologies like ASP, then .NET. In 2008 I released Sueetie, an Online Community Platform built in .NET. In late 2012 I returned to my Linux roots and locked in on Java development. Much of my work is available on GitHub.