The Evolution of Online Gaming

June 15th, 2011
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Online gambling has evolved into a big business, with online sportsbook, casinos, and poker rooms taking in an estimated $40 billion every year in revenues from millions of customers. While players have been able to play internet blackjack, poker, and other casino games online for real money since the late 1990s, it was really only in 2003-2004 when the popularity truly caught on, fueling a wave of innovations that has turned the simple games of yore into much more complex games.

One of the biggest recent developments is the rise of mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads, which have the potential to open up online gaming to a much wider audience. To date most of the customers of online poker and casino sites had to dig a bit to find a game, with many seeing advertisements on television for sites such as Full Tilt or PokerStars and then logging on to give it a whirl. While that model worked, it takes a dedicated fan to not just find and download the software but to make the leap of faith and use their credit card or bank account to deposit money at online sites.

As apps and games for mobile devices become more common, though, many of those barriers are falling. Apple currently has a strict policy with its AppStore as far as approving very few games that allow for real money play (and the few that have been approved are for non-US customers only) but many feel that it’s only a matter of time before more and more people are playing poker or online slots for real money on most popular mobile devices and platforms. Popular apps and games get exposure to millions of potential new customers via the App Store and Android Market, so it’s very likely that a whole new generation of gambling fans may soon find their way to online gaming sites.

While security is still a concern for many online gambling companies, more and more banks and other traditional financial services firms are putting their full faith behind mobile apps, unveiling applications that not only let you check your account balances but also scan and deposit checks and pay for goods with a flick of your iPhone. The trend of putting more and more trust into mobile apps (coupled with better security and technology underpinning them) could be a boon for the online gambling industry as well, with less hesitation from customers to bet and wager at online sites.

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Portfolio Site Redesign

November 3rd, 2010
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My portfolio has recently undergone a slight redesign. It wasn’t all that complicated given that there were only 3 pages. What was important in the process of the redesign was to understand why I was doing it, and to establish what goals I had. Why was I was doing it? Like most redesigns, the design [...]

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Download a PHP Form Creation/Validation Framework

September 20th, 2010
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Call it a toolkit, call it a library, whatever it is, over the years, I have perfected a PHP Form Creation and Validation Framework. It contains various functions needed to create all form entry elements and easy-to-use functions to validate them correctly. Here’s a list of features: Functions Easily create labels, text fields, checkboxes, radio [...]

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September 16th, 2010
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Newest Project — Traffghetti

July 17th, 2009
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In the event you’re interested, I’ve created a website called Traffghetti dedicated to linking the latest, greatest content and hooked it up through Twitter and RSS. There won’t be ads or any kind of promoting on the website because it’s mainly for people that I know. It saves me from sending emails or MSN messages [...]

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Auto-Generating ALT Tags with Dreamweaver

December 24th, 2008
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What I had on my hands were a bunch of HTML files. Each of these HTML files had pictures, and I’m damn sure a lot of them didn’t have ALT tags, something essential for accessibility (and also helps with SEO). Using Adobe Dreamweaver (and possibly Macromedia versions of Dreamweaver), you can do searches and find [...]

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Graphic Design and the Economy – An Interview

November 26th, 2008
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Rob Brown recently threw me a few questions on Graphic Design and how it’s being affected by the downturn in the economy. Here’s what i had to say. RB  What is your job in the industry? I work as a Web Developer/Designer for an ad agency in Canada’s capital. I also do freelance. RB  How [...]

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Interviewed By An Upcoming Graphic Designer

August 18th, 2008
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I was contacted by an up and coming Graphic Designer, Luke Cosgrove, to get interviewed about what it is that I do. I thought he asked particularly good questions and it does share quite a bit of background information about me. What a great fit for this blog. LC Is this what you wanted to [...]

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Some Suggestions for Writer’s Block

June 24th, 2008
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It happens, it happens to everyone. If it hasn’t happened to you, you’re lucky and it may happen soon. And when it does, here are a few tips: Step Away From the Computer Do something, anything, just make sure it’s stimulating. If your solution is to watch TV, what if you watched shows that dealt [...]

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SWFObject 2.0 and New Website

June 19th, 2008
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Although I’ve been using SWFObject almost daily, I’ve always recycled the version I used on a previous project. Little did I know that a new version was released by Geoff Sterns (who know works for Google in the YouTube division) and is posted on Google’s codebase. A new version means a new syntax, new file [...]

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