I'm not sure if you have heard the news or not yet, but Winnipeg got an NHL team back. True story! Of course this has had us all talking about the name of the team, which is the Jets, the logo, which is pretty damn classy and the coming of this 2011-2012 NHL season. With all that, we wanted to build a little something for everyone.
Did we mention that we can't wait for the start of the 2011 NHL season? Don't get us wrong, we love summer. But winter this year is going to be awesome. Enjoy!
Contributed by Julian Moffatt over the course of July 28th…
Google Page Speed Service Announced
Well, that makes sense. Since Google has started factoring in page speed to your search engine ranking, why not offer a pay-for-service that improves page speed.
Armin Weighs in on the New Jets Logo
He is not a fan. I have to say the version I like least is the word mark as well. Head on over to Brand New and cast your own vote.
Sun In An Empty Room - The Weakerthans
While we are discussing things Winnipeg related, if you haven't seen this video by the Weakerthans, you should watch it. Winnipeg, don't forget we have a North End.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of July 27th…
An Unofficial FAQ on Canadian Universities Opting-Out of Access Copyright
Michael Geist provides a quick list of questions and answers for students and teachers about the Access Copyright interim tariff issue.
Ken Reid's 1970s "World Wide Weirdies"
Strange, weird, and fantastic!
Contributed by Wil Alambre and Julian Moffatt over the course of July 26th…
Google+ Responds to Account Suspensions
After a controversial set of Google+ account suspensions designed to enforce a "common name" policy, the company makes a public statement on the matter. If you're interested why Google would be so hard up on you using your real name rather than a clever pseudonym, give Dave Winer's article a read.
When Patents Attack
"Fantastic hour-long exposÃ© on Nathan Myhrvoldâs Intellectual Ventures, which comes out looking like the root of all evil in the U.S. software patent protection racket. Lodsys, of course, is one of their shell company fronts." - John Gruber
SEO Shop Will Click That +1 Button For You
That didn't take long. An site called Plussem will spam your new shiny social media links for a price, cheerfully saying, "Buying Plus Ones can help your site out by showing Google that the content featured on it or the page being is of value to real people and not spammy."
Monopoly By The Rules
Now if parents want to play a crippled game of Monopoly because they're too scared to teach their children how to deal with interpersonal conflict then fine, that's their prerogative.Yeah. We play by the auction rule unless the kids are playing, but I'm going to bring it back this summer holiday!
- Humble Indie Bundle 3
Contributed by Wil Alambre and Julian Moffatt over the course of July 25th…
Bing Tests Ads Within Organic Search Results
They are designed to look like normal results, with only a subtle 'ad' tag to differentiate them. Barry Schwartz sums it up well, "But to allow advertisers to inject ads with guaranteed rankings in the organic results seems unethical to me."
37Signals Adds Functionality to Turn Highrise Deal into a Basecamp Project
This is a very, very welcome addition to Highrise CRM.
Contributed by Dwayne Kristjanson, Julian Moffatt, and Wil Alambre over the course of July 22nd…
Help for long, unwieldy select boxes
Use Automator to Make URLs Behave as Apps in Lion
What a super tip from Andy Ihnatko. Off to make automated apps for Basecamp, Highrise and gMail right now.
The new Winnipeg Jets logo and branding. Wow, that is very sharp. Julian is a big fan. :)
Contributed by Doug Ross over the course of July 21st…
How to annoy people in real life as much as you do on Facebook and Twitter
When you take away the human interaction and hide behind a laptop this experiment shows that Facebook could be quite creepy in a face to face scenario.
Contributed by Wil Alambre and Julian Moffatt over the course of July 19th…
Google+ iOS App
Now approved by Apple and available in the iTunes App Store, the official Google+ iOS app.
Folklorama iOS App
...and as another surprise bonus, this year you can download the Folklorama iOS app from the iTunes App Store. Excellent. :)
Big update to one of the Mac's best editing software, with a special introductory price of 40 bucks US.
Samsung Might be Copying Apple
9to5 Mac has published a nice article about the new cover for the Samsung Galaxy Tablet. At least Samsung has stepped up and not approved this case for sale, according to the latest update on the article. Good for them.
Contributed by Wil Alambre and Julian Moffatt over the course of July 18th…
Hashtags and Google+
Chris Messina suggests adding hashtags to Google+, as Twitter adopted. But I agree with Adrian Holovaty, that Google+ should have a more elegant solution.
Adobe Buys EchoSign
EchoSign is a company specializing in electronic signature technology, so will Adobe attach the technology to PDFs?
Winnipeg Heat Wave
Temperatures were +30 degrees this weekend. And it looks like more of the same the rest of this week. Enjoy, but be sure to take proper precautions.
Amazon Kindle Textbook Rentals
Brilliant idea. I have no idea how financially practical it is, but must be better than the gouging students go through for their textbooks currently. Any word if Canadians have access to this?
Apple Wins Intellectual Property Claim Against Nokia and Android
This is not going to go well for many of the companies with touch screen phones that use the Android OS.
Contributed by Julian Moffatt over the course of July 15th…
Rockmelt has started to show up under the browser lists for a few of our websites so I decided to check it out. This looks like a viable, socially connected, web browser if you are into those sorts of things. Under the hood, it is built on Chromium, which uses Webkit. Be forewarned though, the browser will connect you to Facebook, which means that it has complete access to everything. Well, I guess that is the point though. Where is the Google+ login?
Contributed by Julian Moffatt over the course of July 12th…
Warm Weather is the New Normal
To no sane persons surprise, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released findings of weather trends across the US over the past 30 years and previous 30 years. Warmer across the board by almost a full degree. Looked at in a vacuum, this could be dismissed, but couple it with all the other scientific data and global warming is happening. Whether man is the main cause or not makes no difference. The push to green, renewable energy should be what everyone is looking towards now. Oil, gas, and coal should all be fringe energy sources if we are as smart as we think we are.
(image from wired.com)
I was able to get a Google+ invite late last week and gave the new social network a run over the weekend. Now, a couple days later, I'm finding myself ignoring it. There are a lot of interesting ideas in it, but that is its main problem; there are a lot of pieces that have a lot of potential, but the whole doesn't do anything better than it's main competitor. In fact, it seems to go out of it's way to make it more cumbersome in many places.
Google+ is, basically, a variety of separate Google apps and products finally pulled together under a core umbrella. Even though there is a strong design and focus behind it, it still has that frankenstein bolted-together feel to it.
One of the obvious elements of this pasted-together development is on what used to be Google Profiles, the Google+ public profile page. There, by default, are the new "posts" and off to the right is the much-ignored "buzz", which is Google Buzz. Aren't these two things almost the same thing? Why didn't Google Buzz inherit the rest of what eventually became the "post" functionality? And how much of the "photos" tab is just half-cribbed Picasa (soon to be Google Photos) functionality?
I probably wouldn't find the whole thing so cumbersome if the core of this social network, the facebook-y parts, didn't try so damn hard to out-facebook facebook.
The idea of circles is pretty good on paper, but the execution comes across as something designed by a person who only used it as it developed. I came from facebook, and though I can see they were trying to make the transition from a single pile of friends to infinite number of overlapping groups, they only succeeded in making a novel idea annoying.
The rotary-dial grouping for drag-and-drop is one of the too-clever ideas that works best in a photoshop mock-up than in actual practice... probably one of the reasons why this metaphor is not used anywhere else in any app; they just default to text lists everywhere else. Also, the little rectangle profile cards had a troublesome problem with being recursive, where hovering on a name within them would open another rectangle, which had links that would open other rectangles, three or four deep.
The hovering rectangle issue seems to have been resolved since last week, thankfully. This implies that it is one Google app that actually deserves the "beta" label, even though it's the first in memory that lacks it. Or won't be wearing it for four or five years.
Despite all this, I'm absolutely certain Google+ is going to be successful. First of all, there's several people who will jump on it simply because "it's not facebook". It's gotten to the point where hating trends and/or fads has become a trendy fad in and of itself.
Second, there are going to be people who want a social network that lets them be less social than twitter or facebook... now you can group people in cliques and make sure the right people never see that other group you hang out with.
Finally, that heavy promotion of the +1 button means search engine opimization experts the world-wide-web over will be pushing all things Google on their clients. Where web apps like Twitter became popular due to a focused and vibrant community that grew, Google+ will be rammed down our throats by a combination of Google corralling all their free apps into it and SEO advice being laid on thick, bribing site developers and owners to support it in return for better ranking.
I'll probably keep poking at it over the next couple weeks simply because it does have so much potential in it's parts. But until the whole starts doing things as well as or better than Facebook, I'm having a hard time justifying bothering maintaining both... and facebook was here first.
After all, remember Orkut?
Contributed by Max Chiriac over the course of July 7th…
IE10 won't support conditionla comments
Internet Explorer developers have announced on MSDN blog that next version of IE will remove legacy features: "Because some features in earlier versions of IE arenât compatible with HTML5 parsing, weâve removed them from IE10 mode. Sites that rely on these legacy features will still work when running in legacy modes. This way, sites that work today will continue to work with IE10 even if the developers of the site donât have the time to update them." Instead they recommend using browser feature detection.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of July 6th…
Mike Elgan does a fine job summing up what we all should already know. "Who's Google's customer? You? Really? When's the last time you paid Google for anything"
Monkey Self Portraits
Monkey see. Monkey do. Monkey steal camera and take a couple dozen shots :)
Facebook and Skype
Facebook has integrated Skype video chatting into their system.
A good note by Zeldman. As much as I love Marcotte's "Responsive Web Design", it's important to take away the general message, not the specific approach.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of July 5th…
Google Web Fonts V2
Along with the Google+ hubbub, Google has released version 2 of Google Web Fonts. Better layout, easier to use and test fonts, and a neat way to mockup a page with selected fonts to test drive them.
Comic With Secret UV Backstory
Warren Ellis, Matt Brooker and BERG have put out a comic about augmented reality called SCK. It's a story about a disgraced spy and a secret package, but if the reader uses a UV light, a second story is revealed!
For his new project, Err, artist Jeremy Hutchison contacted various factories around the world, and asked if one of their workers would produce an 'incorrect' version of the product they make every day: in doing so, the functional objects became artworks.
More Portal 2 Soundtrack
18 more tracks from the hit video game are now available from free as Valve releases volume 2 of "music to test by". :)
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of July 4th…
CRTC Releases Draft Regulations For Anti-Spam Legislation
Very important for anyone building or maintaining newsletters or any commercial message.