Author: Christopher Mackay

Website redesign for 2020

A redesign of this website has been launched at the start of the decade. While the site hadn’t seen a wholesale refresh since 2013, it wasn’t updated purely for the sake of looking new. Issues had cropped up with the mobile navigation (which used a technique that had never been deployed on any clients’ websites)… Read more »

New post: A note on SEO

Because I’ve gotten so many questions about this, I’ve finally decided to take the time to write up my thoughts on the fear-mongering spam email messages website owners often receive. A note on search engine rankings and optimization (SEO)

Publishing PDFs: how to make a website harder to use

Summary — Deploying PDFs in a publishing workflow may save the author time and effort, but comes at the cost of requiring too much effort of the reader. With rare exceptions, it’s not worth this trade-off. When it comes to publishing on the web, PDF files are rarely the answer. “PDF?” is the question. “No”… Read more »


Thaddeus Holownia has worked with Tantramar Interactive Inc. since 2001, and has just unveiled his site’s second major redesign. Screenshots of the new

Security expert Bruce Schneier on passwords

Last year, Ars Technica gave three experts a 16,000-entry encrypted password file, and asked them to break as many as possible. The winner got 90% of them, the loser 62% — in a few hours. It’s the same sort of thing we saw in 2012, 2007, and earlier. If there’s any new news, it’s that… Read more »