Paprika to get organized, Microdata, and ranting

Get organized

Paprika logo Let’s start with Paprika. I know in my post “Creating your own web dev tool kit – Part III: Apps that help” I told you about todotweet.com. It is still a great little twitter app, but I have found that Paprika suits me better. It is just another little note taker type thing that lets me create projects with to do lists in them.

Paprika screenshot

As you can see from this little screen I have a project name of The Web Machine, an h1 tag that is the Things to do…, 3 tags (Design, Coding, and Articles), and something to do under each. Paprika is so easy to use, and along with the base amount of features that I want, I’ve made it my new to do list app. You do have to create an account, which is also stupid easy (like 4 fields to enter), after which they give you your own url. Login, and you are off.


You want to create a tag called Awesome? Type #Awesome. Thats it! Want to create a check box to do list? For each item you type in put a dash in front of it, followed by a space. The calander icon pops up when you type in a date. Want something bold, surround it with *.

Now a lot of you are probably saying “But what about that other app rememberthemilk.com?” Ya, I know you can have crap emailed, IM’d, tweeted and facebooked or whatever it does, and I did try it. Guess what I found out? I don’t need any of that crap. It’s over complicated, at least for me. I just need a basic list app with the exact features Paprika offers, so I stop wasting paper, which I can’t remember where I put half the time. Check it out, and get organized.

MicroData – it’s data that is…micro?

I’m not going to claim that I know anything about MicroData. There is just to little information in the way of clear explanations on what it does. I mean in layman’s terms, not technical jargon crap. The closest I came to actually understanding it, came from Nettuts’ article HTML5 Microdata: Welcome to the Machine. I’ll quote John Cox, the author of that article:

“…Microdata is a subset of making a document have meaning to machines, just as it has meaning to a reader of the document.” and “We can now provide context from our HTML to give better search results.”

All you really do is add attributes to an element (like a div or a span) that holds the relevant information. I added some to my footer last night, so I’ll give you an example of what I’m talking about:

<div itemscope itemtype="http://data-vocabulary.org/Person">
<span itemprop="name">Jeremy Carlson</span> - <span itemprop="title">Web Designer/Developer</span>
</div>

As you can see all I’m adding are these new attributes. It shows up the same in the browser, which you can see in my footer below, but apparently gives more context for searching. Now, I don’t know if this actually helps in a regular Google search or not, but I am going to guess that it does. Once you have your Microdata added, you can then check the results here. This is what my results looked like:

My microdata results

If you want to read more about Microdata, check the link above to the Nettuts article, and go here.

Enough crap…give me something I can use already!

Small rant now, so feel free to disregard this. It’s really about several things. I used to not care about list articles. Some I thought were useful, but it seems lately that it is getting close to absurd. Enough of the 30 Best Designed Websites in Poland crap. I really don’t have time to care about articles like these. I want you to actually teach or show me something I didn’t know. I’m not what you call an “elite” blog, but I do try to show you guys something new or how to solve a problem with every post. I feel that in the past month, the quality of articles posted on the major design/developer blogs we all go to has diminished. You want to actually inpsire me? Write some awesome new tutorials on getting started with Ruby, cool jQuery that is NOT about a plugin, CSS that doesn’t just work in webkit browsers, and things relevant to actual development.

Second part of rant coming…..oooohhh, now! FREE icons, background images, fonts….whatever resource the blog of the day is handing out. Free to me means I can do whatever the hell I want with what you are giving away. How many of you actually look at the license that those fonts or especially those icons we all love? I’m guessing very few of you. Most of those awesome icons, say from SmashingMagazine.com, are ONLY for personal use, and on top of that, you MUST provide an attribution link to the person who created it! Screw that! Do you know how many links we would all have on our pages? That is why I generally create my own, or find ones that are actually…what’s the word…oh ya…FREE!

If I have to attribute the creator, it is not free to me. They are letting me borrow it. It is like renting a car that has a bumper sticker from the company renting the car to you. I don’t want that crap all over my sites. PLUS…I can’t use it for ANY of my freelance sites, or for work for that matter, because they aren’t personal sites! COMPLETELY USESLESS ICONS AND FONTS!

Whew…I’m glad I got that off my chest. I know I feel better, how about you?

Coupon Code: webmachine

jQuery junkBox

.replaceWith();
Because it pertains to my previous article, in case you didn’t read it. This method will replace whatever you matched with what is in the parenthesis. So below, from my real world example, it would replace the html of the a tag within ‘container’ with the html provided.

$('#container a').replaceWith('<a href="/pageOne.html">Page One</a>');

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One Response to “Paprika to get organized, Microdata, and ranting”

  1. Brian Barron says:

    Nice overview of micro data. I’ll look into it with some of my client sites and let you know what successes I have.

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