Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of January 31st…
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of January 30th…
A little something for Ross: how to make your own working bagpipes from duct tape and PVC piping.
Designers Will Code
A good write-up by David Cole that sums up the live-wireframing process we here at Visual Lizard have been using with our design partners. "You're designing the real product, not an abstracted representation."
Massive EVE Online Battle
Over 3000 players called into one system to fight. Over 717 billion ISK worth of ships destroyed, which translates into almost $25,000 USD. There's also some Youtube videos of the escalating chaos, as many players call in alliances and go all in.
RIM is dead, the company renamed offically as Blackberry. Verge covered the launch event for those of you who skipped it.
Amazon Is A Charity
"Amazon sells things to people at prices that seem impossible because it actually is impossible to make money that way."
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of January 29th…
6 Months Free Rdio
Music service Rdio is offering 6 months of lmited free music, with a credit-card-less sign-up. If you've been on the fence about streaming music, this is the perfect opportunity to give it a try.
Sublime Text 3 Beta
First beta of Sublime Text 3 now available to download. Currently for registered users only. Price will be $70, with on option to upgrade from Sublime Text 2 for $30.
Festival du Voyageur
10th annual 10-day winter festival will run Feb 15th to 24th. Access Winnipeg has info on where to get day passes and the full 10-day passes.
It’s Courier, just better. And free.
Microsoft relases the 2013 version of its office suite as a subscription service. A hundred bucks a year gets you five installs on Macs or PCs of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, and Access.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of January 28th…
Its a full-screen visualization of short videos posted through Vine. Could be an interesting presentation of constrained creativity, but with the recent (but not necessaily surprising) influx of NSFW material, are you brave enough to try it?
ITU Approves H.265
The video format successor of the H.264 codec opens the door to 4K over broadband networks, and hwlps make HD video available on bandwidth-constrained mobile networks.
Newegg vs. "Shopping Cart" Patent
Soverain Software claimed two or three patents that supposedly covered "shopping carts" commonly used in all online stores. Newegg disagreed, and possibly saved online retail as we know it.
Computer scientist Ramsey Nasser has built a fully-functional programming language based on Arabic script.
"But if we’re going to do that intelligently, we need to calm the **** down. We need to stop asking, 'Is flat design better?' and we need to stop egotistically navel-gazing."
Contributed by Wil Alambre and Max Chiriac over the course of January 25th…
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of January 24th…
1,000,000 DVDs on 1g of DNA
Researchers in the UK have squeezed 2.2 petabytes of data per gram of in DNA, more than three times any previous efforts.
Kindle and Kindle Whitepaper now in Canada
Amazon is now selling the e-readers on its Canadian stores, with the Kindle costing ~$89 CDN and the touchscreen Whitepaper starting at ~$139 CDN.
Twitter unveils a new app to allow users to share short six-second looping videos through Twitter. Will the constrained creativity blossom as well as it did with the 140 character limit?
Contributed by Julian Moffatt and Wil Alambre over the course of January 22nd…
Postal Service 2013
Well it would appear that never is not as long as it used to be. Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello have updated the site with a teaser saying 2013. All reports are that the duo plans to tour and then finish off at Coachella. Road trip anyone?
Escape From Tomorrow
Randy Moore secretly shot an entire film at Disneyland and Disney World, without bothering to ask for permission, and is premiering it at Sundance.
- Starcraft II: Heart Of The Swarm, opening cinematic
Surface Pro, On Sale Feb 9th
Microsoft will be making the Surface Pro, running the full version of Windows 8, on Febuary 9th in the US and in Canada. Prices start at $899 without a cover for the 64GB model.
The Screening Room
"Enjoy this selection of short films debuting at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and hand-selected for YouTube by the Short Film Programmers."
A tumblr blog of the wankiest slogans and text on ad/marketing agency websites.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of January 21st…
Atari US Files For Bankruptcy
Up for grabs in the next 3 to 4 months? Franchises like Pong ans Asteriods, and even that iconic logo.
Expelled For Discovering Computer Bug
Apparently, if you go through the proper channels to report these sorts of issues, its better policy to punish you than to actually correct the issue... or at least that seems to be the lesson Montreal’s Dawson College want's to teach you.
Ars Technica has a hands-on looks at Kim Dotcom's new cloud storage site.
Contributed by Max Chiriac, Julian Moffatt, and Wil Alambre over the course of January 17th…
Acapella cover Knew You Were Trouble - WALK OFF THE EARTH Feat. KRNFX
From the same guys who made Somebody That I Used to Know - Gotye cover
What No One Told You About Z-Index
Great writeup about some caveats CSS Z-Index spec have
A List Apart : A Pixel Identity Crisis
We were actually just talking about how we are going to move from basing everything on 1px. Good, quick read over at A List Apart on the hardware pixel, the one all of us have been using which refers to the smallest visible dot on your screen versus the reference pixel, which is defined as an optical reference pixel that can be used by software regardless of screen resolution.
If everyone gets on board with this it should be great. If it goes the way browsers went back in 1999, it will be a nightmare.
For Amusement Only
Laura June writes a great article on the life and death of the American arcade. Must reading for anyone who fondly remembers spending dozens of childhood hours and quarters.
Contributed by Wil Alambre and Julian Moffatt over the course of January 16th…
Contributed by Max Chiriac, Dwayne Kristjanson, and Wil Alambre over the course of January 15th…
How do companies like Google, Twitter, Dropbox, etc. make money?
Ever wonder how companies like Google, Twitter, Dropbox, etc. make money? Want to know if Evernot or Mozilla are profitable? View this interactive infographic.
Why Data Caps Suck
Until the trend towards data caps on mobile and broadband internet access fully dies out, cogent explanations of why this is a terrible idea will never get old. This is one of the best explanations of the problem I've seen to date.
jQuery 1.9 Final
Also, they've also released the first beta of jQuery 2.0. Woot.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of January 14th…
Winnipeg Jets 2012-2013 Season Schedule
The Jets' first game in the shortened 48-game NHL schedule will be at home in the MTS Centre against the Ottawa Senators, on January 19th.
Oracle Patches Java Zero-Day Bug
After a short three days, Java 7 Update 11 fixes a security hole that was massively exploited in the wild.
- TPB AFK
- Toy Story, Live Action
This Isn't the Petition Response You're Looking For
"The Administration does not support blowing up planets."
MacBook Pro Vending Machine
Drexel University in Philadelphia has a kiosk that, upon scanning a student's ID card, allows them to borrow one of the dozen 15-inch MacBook Pros for five hours for free (every additional hour costs them $5).
Contributed by Wil Alambre and Julian Moffatt over the course of January 11th…
Renting Out Cars at Long-Term Parking?
Now here's an interesting business idea: the FlightCar group comes to an agreement with people parking in the long-term lots at airports to rent out their vehicles while they are away!
Narrowed your Googling for you to Manitoba Flu Trends
Since our office is currently sounding like the beginning of a Walking Dead episode, here is the narrowed search directly to the Manitoba Google Flu trends data. Wil and I are guzzling the ginger tea trying to stay ahead of it. We have Dwayne ID'd as patient zero.
Done Not Done
Spend more time doing the things you want to do and a bit less time doing the things you have to do.
Form Follows Function
A collection of HTML5 experiments by Jongmin Kim. Works great on the desktop and on your tablet, and I love that main navigation! :D
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of January 10th…
Design Jargon Bullshit
"The identity is based on the idea of three modalities as ways of two cultures as well as two histories interacting."
Google Flu Trends
Flu Trends tracks how often search terms about flu outbreaks around the world come up. So far, 2013 is looking to be a rough one.
- Beyond Media Queries
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of January 9th…
MS To Discontinue Windows Live Messenger
We knew this was coming, now it's official. On March 15th, Microsoft will be switching most everyone over to Skype.
Amazon Prime in Canada
For a yearly fee of $79,it works just like it does in the States! Except for the free Kindle e-book lending. And without the instant video streaming. And you may not have some of the shipping options if your are in rural areas.
Contributed by Julian Moffatt over the course of January 8th…
Lenovo's Early April Fools' Joke
I'm not sure that Lenovo wants to market this as a "tablet". Can you imagine trying to sit beside someone on the airplane with one of these?
Smart Highways in the Netherlands Will Glow in the Dark
How awesome is this idea?
The Best of Kickstarter 2012
Nice little presentation by Kickstarter for a year in review.
Contributed by Dwayne Kristjanson and Wil Alambre over the course of January 7th…
Using a screen reader for a week will teach you a lot about accessiblity
David Ball, a non-visually impaired web developer, summarizes his experience using a screen reader to navigate web pages.
A free, online, simple wire framing tool, so you can mock up a webpage on the fly. Hnady!
No More PS2s
After twelve years, the Playstation 2 is now officially the purview of yard sales and flea markets; Sony will no longer be manufacturing the console.
Creative Suite 2 For Free
Adobe is making the 2005 Creative Suite 2 available for free with an Adobe signup. Note that it is not a universal binary, so if you're on a Mac, you'll need OSX Snow Leopard (with Rosetta) or older.