Developers can make a negative Cultural Impact - Women as Background Decoration in Games

in: Educational & Inpirational Tagged: Development, Social
Developers can make a negative Cultural Impact - Women as Background Decoration in Games

In this video from Feminist Frequency (site) host Anita Sarkeesian takes notice how game developers tend to create non-playable sexualized female characters whose only function is to add some substance to the background of these games and to keep presumably straight-white males interested.

I highly recommend you take 30 minutes of your time and watch this video, even if you're not into games. I promise, it will remind you how we as developers and human beings take some things too lightly, without thinking them through. It might make you stop and think before you snicker at the idea of a female developer. And if it helps to do that, I'd say it's 30 minutes well spent.

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Interesting Twitter accounts to follow

in: Educational & Inpirational Tagged: Twitter, Social Media

I have been on Twitter for some time now and I have seen quite bit of tweets and people who tweet. I haven't tweeted that much myself, as I'm more of a listener, observer than an broadcaster when it comes to all this social media stuff.

Nevertheless I do believe Twitter's great. I consider it to be the best social network. Why? Well, mainly because almost everything's public. Everything you "Tweet" is for everybody to see. Because of this openness people tend to connect with other people from all over the world who share their views and values. Twitter is a great way to learn about other cultures.

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Getting started with Virtualization - Create a Ubuntu Virtual Machine

in: Super User Tagged: Ubuntu, Virtualization, Operating Systems
Getting started with Virtualization - Create a Ubuntu Virtual Machine

This will be somewhat brief but (excuse me for saying so myself) a cool little blog post about getting started with virtualization. We'll get into an example right away and some minutes from now you'll be testing your website in IE6 on a virtual machine. Don't care about IE6? Fine, later in the article we'll quickly create our own little machine where you can install any software you might find useful.

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SEO for Developers

in: Web Development Tagged: SEO, Apache, IIS
SEO for Developers

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"What can developers do about SEO"? We'll stay on the technical side of the equation, and leave the "snake oil salesmanship" to so-called SEO experts, gurus and rockstars. Therefore we'll only mention the things that are proven to be SEO-friendly, and much more important than that, we'll see how you can implement those things using some popular Web Development technologies.

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