I often have to select colors from images for use in my HTML.  Taking a screenshot to use image editing tools to capture that color is inefficient, and the images I am sourcing aren't always coming from a web browser to be able to use browser extensions for that purpose.  That's why I like a desktop tool:

Instant Eyedropper is a free software tool for webmasters that will identify and automatically paste to the clipboard the HTML color code of any pixel on the screen with just a single mouse click.

From Instant Eyedropper

This is a pretty handy tool for Windows that quickly captures colors from anywhere on the screen, and is significantly faster than other color pickers I've used in the past.

I think the growing trend for publishing technical books before they're complete and asking for feedback is really interesting, and I've found many books published this way that are affordable, timely, and high-quality.  That's one thing that interested me about the description of Steve Jalim's book on being your own boss:

Written from scratch and packed with advice from real-world experiences, career.fork() is a hit-the-ground-running guide for developers wanting to be their own boss.

From career.fork() by Steve Jalim [Leanpub PDF/iPad/Kindle].

Having gone that route myself over a year ago, I'm interested both in the insights that Steve has to offer, and in the ability to potentially contribute my own insights back to such a book. Check it out for yourself.

So you're working on a web page and you're making some adjustments to the CSS files, and you want to see what those changes look like.  You click reload, but it reloads the whole page, undoing all of the changes that have been applied to the DOM via javascript.  There's got to be a way just to update the CSS without refreshing the whole page, right right?

CSS Reloader is a [Chrome] browser extension that allows you to reload CSS without reloading the page itself.

From Chrome Web Store - CSS Reloader.

There's a similar tool for reloading CSS in Firefox, too!

As a home-worker myself, I've always wondered why more employers don't allow their employees to work from home. The typical excuses are fear of workers goofing off and not having the inter-office communication that people filling desk chairs would seem to imply.  But there's a recent study, done on a 13,000-employee NASDAQ-listed Chinese company, that basically calls hijinx on all of that nonsense:

The frequency of working from home has been rising rapidly in the US, with over 10% of the
work-force now reporting regular home working. But there is uncertainty and skepticism over
the effectiveness of this, highlighted by phrases like “shirking from home”. We report the results
of the first randomized experiment on home-working, run in a 13,000 employee NASDAQ listed
Chinese firm. Employees that volunteered to work from home were randomized into 9-months of
home-working by even/odd birth-date. We find a highly significant 12% increase in performance
from home-working, of which 8% is from working more minutes of their shift period (fewer
breaks and sick-days) and 3% from higher performance per minute. We find no negative
spillovers onto workers left in the office. Home workers also reported substantially higher work
satisfaction and psychological attitude scores, and their job attrition rates fell by over 50%.
Interestingly, the impact of home-working was ex ante unclear both to the firm and the
employees. The firm ran to experiment to evaluate its impact, and after the experiment was so
enthusiastic it decided to permanently roll out the practice. The employees’ response was much
more heterogeneous, with about one third of employees switching practices after the end of the
experiment. This highlights how the impact of management practices like home-working is
unclear to firms and employees, helping to explain their slow adoption over time.


I'm looking forward to some big companies solving the few remaining issues having to deal with remote workers, like home-based telecom and help desk support.

Looking for a small, simple micro-framework router for PHP?  Maybe you should check out ToroPHP:

Toro is a PHP router for developing RESTful web applications and APIs. It is designed for minimalists who want to get work done.

From anandkunal/ToroPHP.

It's just a shame it isn't exactly PSR-0 friendly.