Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of May 31st…
Contributed by Wil Alambre, Julian Moffatt, and Max Chiriac over the course of May 30th…
Billed as "a simple way to discover and share local information featuring Zagat scores and recommendations from people you trust in Google+".
Twitter Is Optimizing For Speed
...which includes getting rid of the much-loathed hash-bang URLs, thankfully.
Soviet Moon Lander Discovered Water on The Moon in 1976
Having a source of water, or any amount of water on the moon could mean that humans have the potential to establish a presence on the moon. We would just need to sort out the most efficient method of extraction. Which, of course, would stage further space exploration once we practice a bit on the moon.
Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K760
Logitech has announced wireless solar keyboard powered by any light - "low light and lamp light, indoors and out. Fully charged, it works for at least three months, even in total darkness. The easy-switching Bluetooth connection makes typing on your Mac and switching to type on your iPad or iPhone as simple and easy as pushing a button."
Zombie Garden Gnomes
Ross. These had better be in your garden soon!
Contributed by Wil Alambre and Julian Moffatt over the course of May 28th…
Just enter the pithy saying of your choice, choose a few simple options, and before you can say "coalition government" you'll have your very own Government-approved motivational slogan.
Electronics Recycling Fees
Starting Aug 1st, recycling fees ranging from less than $1 to about $23 will be added to the costs of certain electronic products that are sold in Manitoba.
Antibiotic overuse may give bacteria an evolutionary boost
An interesting hypothesis. I would think that the case is more likely that antibiotics have killed all of the "weak" bacteria, which has artificially selected only the strongest, and most likely to adapt the fastest, bacteria. This would speed up the remaining "strong" bacteria and allow them to more easily fight through/off antibiotics. Science wins some and science loses some.
Here at Visual Lizard Coda is our go-to development application. It used to be that, when we needed to build a site, we needed a code editor open, we needed an SVN manager open, we needed an FTP program open. Having a single application that handled it all was a milestone; there was the time we were doing things the hard way and there was the time we started using Coda.
When Coda 2 was released, I was one of the first to download it. I was so excited to try Panic's upgraded application that I grabbed it as soon as midnight rolled around. Sure, there was a seven-day trail available at Panic's website for those who wanted to dip their toes, but I grabbed it from the App Store. Buying directly from Panic would give them a bigger cut (Apple taking 30% from the App Store purchases) and probably provide quicker updates (not requiring Apple's approval to push out new versions), but the App Store version comes with iCloud syncing, and I really don't want to rely on remebering where I put all my serial numbers anymore.
One of the first changes I saw was the Sites screen. Sites could now be dragged onto one another to create groups. Since a good chunk of my work involves development servers, staging servers, production servers, etc, this simplified my ever growing project list a lot. Also, I finally had the option to see the Site screen as an actual list! The thumbnail view is certainly pretty to look at, but like the Mac OS X dock, it's prettiness doesn't translate into practical usage, especially when you have dozens of projects. The list view has the extra advantage of showing the site's root URL and last date the project was opened.
A welcome addition to Coda 2 is a built-in MySQL editor. The main thing I like about Coda is that I can develop in one place, and I do a lot of MySQL work. No more alt-tabbing to a dedicated MySQL app or phpMyAdmin. I can open multiple instances in tabs, connect to other servers with host-user-password info, and run arbitrary SQL. This sort of addition reenforces the idea that Coda is made for me and developers like me.
The sidebar has been rethought for the better. It used to be split, with a perpetual file list above and most other options (code help, shared documents) in a smaller space below. Now it is a single, fully adjustable pane. The black floating SVN window (which I was never a fan of) can be there, now feeling a full part of the app. The code helper can be there, having a lot more room to display, rather than the cramped single line in Coda 1. The file can be there, but more importantly, can also not be there.
Overall, Coda 2 is the development application I fell in love with peppered with great updates. Code folding, quick file opening, Trasmit built-in FTP-ing, CSS popup tools, GIT integration, file browser from the path breadcrumb, etc. I'm still discovering little additions that I can now not imagine not having.
Now, since this is the launch of the app, it is expected there will be a couple hiccups. Off the top of my head, these are some of the things we are looking forward to being fixed/improved...
- In the preferences pane, checking/unchecking the iCloud-syncing option sometimes crashes the app
- In the sites list, when I copy the root URL from the site editor, sometimes that field appears blank when you open that site again to edit. The data is there, but its disconcerting to see it blank.
- On the site list, it would be fantastic if I could click or shift-click on something on the root URL to open it in a browser.
- Sometimes, the site list will just "forget" my SVN username and password.
- I also purchased Diet Coda, and I'm hoping our iCloud-synced site list will eventually be available on it.
- When I shrink the toolbar to text-only mode, the already-small favicons the app uses for the Sites tab are sized down to the point of being almost incomprehesible.
- When the toolbar is larger and using the icons, I find the Files icon looks too much like the white-backgrounded code icons of all the other tabs.
- HTML and CSS validation is included, but no PHP? Someone will make a plug-in, I'm certain, but still... darn.
...there's probably more, but I'll let my co-workers chime in on their own. None of these are critical, and they haven't stopped me from making Coda 2 my default editor already. It might sound silly to be this passionate about what application I use to build in, but when you love your work, its hard not to love how you work.
Contributed by Max Chiriac and Wil Alambre over the course of May 25th…
iPad pours out beer
That is exactly the feature I would like to see in New IPad
Issues with position fixed & scrolling on iOS
Here is a nice summary of the issues with CSS position: fixed on iOS. It is a big shame that Apple has released this feature half baked. Better then nothing, but with lots of headaches
- Experimental app from the MIT Media Lab combines gestural interfaces, augmented reality, collaborative workspaces, and general sci-fi amazingness.
Squatting at AOL
For two months last fall, Eric Simons secretly took up residence inside the Internet giant's Palo Alto, Calif., campus, eating free food, enjoying gym access, and building a startup in the process.
Contributed by Julian Moffatt and Wil Alambre over the course of May 24th…
What is the best method for adding 2x images to webpages
Quora has a great thread going.
- Yahoo Axis
Google Transparency Report
Who complains loudest about Google linking to infringing content in its search results?
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of May 22nd…
The folks over at Panic have announced that Coda 2, the long-awaited updated to our favourite-ist development application ever, is going to be available this Thursday! As an extra bonus, they are also releasing Diet Coda.... its Coda for the iPad! :D
Are You A Human
A different sort of captcha that asks you to play a game rather than try to decipher increasingly incomprehensible scribbles.
- Make Good Art
- Five Common Mistakes in SEO
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of May 18th…
There Is No Cow Level
...but there is a secret world :)
RFP Advice From The Front Lines
Joe Rinaldi tries to hand out advice (warnings?) to everyone writing those request-for-proposals. Good stuff, everyone who needs to bang one of these out and follow up on the responses should read it.
The Adaptive-Image Solutions, As It Stands
Scott Gilbertson tries to bring us up to date on the whole picture-tag versus setsrc-attribute debate surrounding WHATWG. While you're at it, be sure to read Jeffrey Zeldman's observations on the WHATWG process.
Cyrus Farivar delves into the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership. Meet "ACTA plus," and the people trying to stop it.
DropKey for Free
Available through the Mac App Store and
through Sunday, a solid drag-and-drop file encryption app for Mac that pairs 2048-bit keys with 256-bit encryption for incredible security.
Contributed by Lauren Zacharias and Julian Moffatt over the course of May 14th…
How Pixar almost lost Toy Story 2
A friendly reminder why you should check the integrity of your backups. And don't run rm * on important drives.
Q&A with Jerry Grajewski over at PocketWizard.com
Our good friend Jerry Grajewski, one of Winnipeg's best photographers, has a Q & A up over at PocketWizard.com. Jerry uses a bunch of remote tools for controlling his lighting. It is actually pretty awesome. Check it out.
Why Nikola Tesla was the greatest geek who ever lived
The Oatmeal does a terrific job on his bio of Nikolai Tesla, the greatest geek the world has ever known and father of the modern era.
Contributed by Julian Moffatt over the course of May 11th…
Teenage organ donor saves eight lives
Signing up to be an organ donor can put a silver lining on a sad story. Talk to your kids about it too.
Responsive image element proposed by the WHATWG
Yeah. Chime in on this one everybody. We need responsive images but we also need a viable syntax.
Hone your design skills
Yup. Signed up to remember what designing is about.
Contributed by Julian Moffatt and Wil Alambre over the course of May 10th…
A tool to help create CSS arrows
- RWD Hits YWG
Pretty interesting demo by Anthony Terrien. Need to figure out a practical use for it, but looks pretty awesome.
Skrivr is a Blog Engine Built on Dropbox
Neato. We happento be working on something very similar. I love it when stuff like this happens. Check out their site thought, pretty awesome idea!
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of May 8th…
Economic Development Winnipeg has just relaunched their site with a minor redesign and a major change to how they present the plethora of documents they provide. The changes to the design were both aesthetic and presentational.
Aesthetically speaking there was some honing to the colour palette and a sharpening to the fonts by our friends over at Doowah Design. The largest of the display change appeared on the home page of the site where there was a change to how the promotional elements were displayed. These are now smaller banners which can be swapped out and run over set periods of time. The former version of this promotion functionality was more prominent in the display, taking up the majority of the home page. The new design has changed the focus from those large promotions to the core behind EDW. EDW provides statistics and information about business in Winnipeg, the home page now provides more immediate access to the latest business and economic development news. It also presents instant access to the latest EDW publications for the visitor who is interested in the economic outlook of this city.
One of the features from the old version which has now been expanded is the feature drop menus. A visually appealing piece of functionality which the visitor can use to find the information they want within the site. Short concise titles of internal pages allow the visitor quick access to the information in which they are most interested.
The presentation of information has changed slightly as well. Each page of the site will now display documents associated to the topic of that page. Also, the addition of a right side column to the presentation of the internal pages provides corresponding contact information for the people at EDW most appropriate to discuss the information presented on the page that the visitor is viewing. Instead of having to go to a long list of people and description of their job titles in order to find the individual that a visitor would want to contact, the new presentation makes that information available right there.
From a functionality standpoint, there have been a couple of big changes. Firstly, in discussions with EDW, it was decided that administratively it was in the best interest of the site's development to include a central place for the management of all of the documents that are presented on the site. There is now a central place to do this, and once a document is uploaded, it is assigned to any and all categories to which it may belong, and then the administrators can assign the document to any page or as many pages in the site they wish. There is no longer a need to upload a document many times in order for it to appear in many places.
Secondly, we were asked to create an Associated Contacts piece of functionality. As described above, this piece allows the administrators to assign contacts to pages throughout the site based on the individual's expertise.
All of the development work done for the latest design and functionality was built on the Catalyst administration CMS while the site was still live and was able to draw on current data so there was no reason to worry about keeping data synchronized. This specific situation allowed for a seamless transfer from old to new. This isn't always the case, but it's nice when it happens this way.
Contributed by Julian Moffatt over the course of May 7th…
Jay Z Opens with No Sleep Til Brooklyn
Pretty amazing tribute to the Beasties by Jay Z.
Cold Play Does Fight For Your Right
Coldplay pays tribute to a song that the Beasties themselves wrote tongue in cheek towards white kid angst, it just happened to vault them into the stratosphere and sold millions of copies of Licensed to Ill.
Adobe Unveils Creative Suite 6
There you go, a new version of all Adobe software. The Adobe Cloud (I'm getting pretty tired of the cloud moniker) will be available shortly which will let you subscribe to all their software for a low monthly fee of around $50. Not sure it is worth it for us, since our copies of CS4 are still chugging along and we do most of our work in source code. Interesting nonetheless.
Contributed by Julian Moffatt and Wil Alambre over the course of May 4th…
42 Years Ago Today
The Kent State massacre served as a pretty big wake up call for that generation. Neil Young wrote Ohio as more of a reminder than a protest song, but it captures the anger in the misplaced trust that occurred on that day.
Adam Yauch, One Third of the Beastie Boys, Dead at Age 47
The amount of time me and couple of buddies from high school spent listening to the Beastie Boys was insane. Adam has been battling cancer since 2008, but this still makes me sad. Rolling Stone with more detail.
Better Virtual Keyboarding on the iPad?
This looks like a clever, logical solution to a problem I've encountered myself.
Facebook Timeline of People Hating Facebook Timeline (And Other Design Tweaks)
Every time Facebook has updated their design and functionality, out of the woodwork comes a percentage of people that cry out in hatred. Buzzfeed's FWD has put together a Facebook Timeline of some of these changes and some of the (very) vocal folk that hate them.
Contributed by Julian Moffatt and Ross McDowall over the course of May 3rd…
Simplest SMTP server ever?
Looks pretty awesome. Book marked to dig in further when I have some time.
Nice site. It features really cool office space and things you can buy to make your office space into one too! I could spend much money. Linked for possible future use.
Canadian Mint's last penny produced tomorrow
Legislation to phase out the penny was announced earlier this year. Canada will be a country without new pennies starting tomorrow.
Contributed by Julian Moffatt and Wil Alambre over the course of May 2nd…
Logo Lounge has Posted Their Trends Report for 2012
Love the write up. Design friends, this one is for you. Go and bask in logo goodness.
ImageOptim optimizes images by finding best compression parameters and by removing unnecessary comments and color profiles. Always a handy goal in web development.
What Clients Don't Know (And Why Its Your Fault)
A video of a Mike Monteiro (author of A Books Apart's recent "Design Is A Job") talking at TYPO San Francisco 2012 Connect. Must Watch.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of May 1st…
Real Life Robinson Crusoe
Â£8000 and 40 years later, Brendon Grimshaw has his own secluded island paradise.
- Dark Knight Rises, Official Trailer 3
$10k Per Day
If you're ever wondering what motivates some black hat developers, Symantec figures the Flashback bonnet has the potential to pull in over ten grand a day in ad clicks.