We work on the Internet. As such, we are constantly consuming information. Believe me, there is a lot of it out there. Sometimes we even forget things unless we write them down. Our blog covers everything from web standards to the muppets, php to comic books, music and everything else that we find interesting. Leave us a note when you drop by.
FXI is preparing to launch Cotton Candy: a thumb drive sized computer they call the "any screen computer". With hardware specs similar to today's smartphones it runs either Android or Ubuntu (Windows and Mac via virtualization). Cotton Candy can be connected to any computer, monitor, or TV via USB or HDMI and controlled via wifi from your smartphone. Price tag: just $199
Who doesn't like getting stuff in the mail? At Quarterly.co you can pick a contributor to subscribe to and every 3 months you'll get a package in the mail with who-knows-what they've personally chosen. It runs at $25/month (+ $10 shipping to Canada). Created by Reddit founder, Alexis Ohanian. He's on the list of contributors along with Josh Rubin & Evan Orensten of Coolhunting.com and The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company, just to name a few.
25,000,000,000 downloads? That poor AppStore that Apple has is barely getting any attention. Link above takes you to the official page at Apple. In Canada you can register without buying an app from the store.
We always knew that W3Schools resource can't be used as a reliable reference to web standards. It contains inaccurate and out dated information. To find out more about why and how it is harmful to web developers check out the link above where members of the Front-end Dev Community explain.
Today we migrated our trusty old server of three years over to a new, faster server that has 12GBs of RAM and SSD HDs. For those clients we informed of the move, everything should be up to date. If you are still experiencing any issues, please feel free to call us or use the contact form below to shoot us a message.
As always, we appreciate your trust and are happy to be hosting our collaborative efforts.
Julian, Dwayne, Ross, Wil, Max, Lauren, Nils, Pim and Doug
Wall Street Journal reports that Google and others are "bypassing the privacy settings of millions of people using Apple Inc.'s Web browser on their iPhones and computers - tracking the Web-browsing habits of people who intended for that kind of monitoring to be blocked."
We are fans of the kids over at Panic. Steven doesn't blog much, but when he does, it is always worth a read. If you are concerned that Mountain Lion is going to force everyone to sell their apps through the Mac Appstore, go read his post. If you are even remotely interested what is coming up in OS X, go read his post.
Less than a year after Lion was released through Mac App Store, Apple is bringing more of the iOS experience to the desktop with Mountain Lion. This looks more like a "Snow Leopard" like incremental update, with the majority of the information centring on bringing iOS apps to OSX.
I knew Tumblr was popular, but I had not idea it was this popular. For all my programming amigos, read up and imagine what these numbers would mean if they applied to some of the code we write. /boggle
One of the problems with some of these "making the world a better place" groups is that, if they get large enough, they occasionally exploit the exact the same shady PR shenanigans that they rally against. Sorry, but you can't take a moral high ground while punching below the belt.
Google launches Solve For X: "A forum to encourage and amplify technology-based moonshot thinking and teamwork." If you like TED-talks you'll like Solve For X, full of intellectually stimulating video talks on a wide range of subjects.
Solve For X
I grew up reading and re-reading all of the Forgotten Realms and DarkElf books. Famed author RA Salvatore just finished up an AMA (ask me anything) on Reddit.com. If you like his books, you should read it.
Arun Thampi has discovered that the iPhone Path app uploads the all address book contacts without prompting for an opt-in. Or even saying that its doing it. Dave Morin, the CEO of Path has been responding in the comments.
Matt Gemmell write an article to help us make cooperation with designers as smooth and easy as possible. Be sure to also read his original article, How Designers Can Help Developers. Good advice all around.
Remember the 90's? Remember DC killing off Superman? If you don't, or if you want it explained to you, or if you just want to see Elijah Wood play a crazy-cyborg-superman, this video is for you. Also if you like swearing. Lots and lots of swearing.
If you, like us, have been using MTS.ca for internet access for one of our connections, you may or may not be aware that MTS has disabled their outbound mail servers. Head over to their site and review their service notice about disabling outbound mail.
What Does This Mean?
If you have your email setup to use MTS for sending email through SMTP.MTS.NET then you have to make a change.
If We Host Your Email
If you are hosted with Visual Lizard you can set your outbound mail server to either mail.visuallizard.com or mail.yourdomain.com.
You will need to provide your full email address firstname.lastname@example.org and your password.
Set the outbound mail port to 587
You should now be good to go.
If You Host Your Own Email Internally
If you are hosting your own email in-house, then you should already have your outbound email servers setup. Talk to your IT person at your company if things have stopped working. They will have more answers than we do.
If You Were Using MTS To Send Email At Home/Work and We Don't Host You
This one becomes a matter of choice. If you have been sending email through MTS from home or work, and this is no longer an option, then you can do a few things
Check with your hosting provider and find out what information they have for you and how you can send using your domain's outbound mail servers or your hosting provider's mail servers.
Setup multiple email addresses in your Gmail.com account or forward your email accounts to a GMail.com account and then send all reply emails from there with a specific reply-to address. See Google's help on using multiple email accounts with gmail. If you go this route, then you can use Gmail's outbound mail servers, or you can use your website's outbound mail servers to send through.