Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of October 31st…
Contributed by Julian Moffatt, Max Chiriac, Wil Alambre, and Lauren Zacharias over the course of October 29th…
Why Do Leaves Turn Different Colors?
Popular Science has a quick run down of why this happens. Now you know.
The new Kellum method
Some clever techniques with zero width characters using as image replacement and other cases.
How to use Google's web cache to view a page
Bookmarked for handy reference later on.
- X-Men, Days Of Future Past, trailer
The WinnipegPolice Service opens an official Twitter account.
Anvil for Mac
Nifty little app that lets you run your static sites locally. It also puts an anvil in your dock!
Google+ Announces New Features
Did you know Google+ can recognize related photos and automagically turn them into gifs? Plus SMS support in Hangouts, more auto-awesome photo editing, and now auto-awesome for videos!
How close are you to the moon?
If you've enabled Location History for your Google account, there's some interesting info including daily maps of your movement and how close you've made it to the moon!
Tones of free vector icons
Workwankers.com - common jargon used in design agencies.
We've had to do this from time to time in the past, and recently we were once again asked to create a set of HTML email templates for MS Outlook. When you look on the internet for the steps involved in creating such a template the majority of resources point at creating signatures or stationery. This isn't what we need, and finding the actual steps are extremely hard to come by. We are going to try to rectify that by providing the steps here.
Step 1: Creating your HTML template
Following the rules set out in the Email Standards Project and mentioned in a previous post about email templates you should create your HTML email template as you would any normal HTML page. The rules are relatively straight-forward for this. Use tables and nested tables like you would for a 1998 era web-page. No background images, limited CSS. The cool, fancy stuff you can do with CSS3 is out.
Step 2: Getting your template into Outlook
Once you've built your email template as an HTML document with all of its images and styles you'll need to open that HTML template in Internet Explorer. Once you have it displaying in IE you'll need to send it to Outlook. You can do this by opening IE's File menu and selecting Send. Hovering the Send option will give you the option of sending it as an email. Clicking this will open your new template in an Outlook Email window.
Step 3: Saving your template
This should be relatively straight-forward, however Outlook has an extraordinarily silly quirk when it comes to saving an email as a template. First you must File > Save. Wait, you're not done. Once you've saved the email you can then save the email template. Now you must File > Save As. Select the save as Outlook Template option in the selection list that appears in the dialogue that opens. You have now saved your template and can now use it.
You would think you could skip the first save step, however Outlook has its own way of doing things. You'll just have to live with it.
When the office updated to OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion last year, we discovered our Coda 2 applications could not longer access our Subversion repositories. We were able to resolve this issue by installing Xcode from the App Store and then installing Xcode's command line tools.
With the recent release of OS X 10.9 Mavericks came a slew of related app updates through the App Store. Though it had been released a while earlier, one of the apps downloaded to my system was Xcode 5. Unfortunately, the next time I opened a Coda 2 project, this is the error message that appeared:
Xcode 5 comes with an updated version of Subversion that is not compatible with our Coda 2 SVN repositories. This caused us a couple headaches, but we were able to find some easy solutions.
We checked and confirmed that our SVN servers would have no problem with the updated Subversion 1.7.x that Xcode 5 was using now. Therefore, we could go through each of our Coda 2 projects and simply update our working copies with SVN's built-in upgrade command. To do so, you need only:
- Open "Terminal" on your OS X system
- Change directories to one of your Coda 2 projects on your system. On my system, I kept them in a folder named "Sites".
- In that directory, run the "svn upgrade" command.
The command will automatically update the project to your current version of SVN. Now you would be able to open and sync that Coda 2 project with your Subversion servers again. There are several advantages to using Subversioonn 1.7, many of which Apple summarizes in a related developer FAQ.
The only downside is that you would have to do that with each individual Coda 2 project on your system, to convert them all over. If anyone has found a faster way, let us know!
It turns out that Xcode did provide an older, compatible version of SVN 1.6. Instead of updating each Coda 2 project to 1.7.x, you can change Coda 2's preferences to point to this 1.6 version of SVN instead. Assuming you've downloaded XCode 5, you can:
- Open up the "Coda 2" app
- Go to "File -> Preferences -> Files"
- Click on the "Choose" button of the "Subversion Tool Path" option.
- Browse through the Finder window to:
That's it. Coda 2 will now use this older version of SVN, which should be compatible with the working copies of your SVN repositories. This is a faster solution, as it doesn't require an update of each of your Coda 2 projects, but the downside is that there's no guarantee that a future upgrade of Xcode won't remove this older SVN version.
Hopefully, whichever solution you choose saves you some headaches and gets you back to work :)
Contributed by Wil Alambre, Julian Moffatt, and Max Chiriac over the course of October 23rd…
What happens when a woman wears Axe body spray for a week?
Terrific article about what happens when a middle aged lady (supreme court reporter no less) decides to wear Axe body spray for one week. So well written.
Apple Just Ended the Era of Paid Operating Systems
Worth a read. I wonder what Microsoft does in response to this?
MAMP Pro under OS X Mavericks
just in case we have problems with MAMP Pro after updating to Mavericks
Contributed by Max Chiriac and Wil Alambre over the course of October 21st…
Name the Blue
Colour quiz for popular brand colours.
Was iOS 7 created in Microsoft Word?
Vaclav Krejci thinks it was. And he tries to prove that by reproducing iOS7's home screen with icons in MS Word. See screencast video above.
After updating to iOS7 and using it for some time I tend to agree. While it most likely wasn't designed in MS Word there waslittle effort put into design process of iOS7 in my opinion.
Yahoo Hires David Pogue
New York Times tech columnist David Pogue will start at Yahoo in a few weeks, publishing columns, blog posts, and videos.
Life According To Sam
Hulk Hogan does web hosting. Seriously.
Contributed by Max Chiriac over the course of October 18th…
Is Mainframe2 the end for desktop computing?
Phrases you can drop from your vocabulary.
Animated map: Six Decades of the Most Popular Names for Girls, State-by-State
Animated map: Six Decades of the Most Popular Names for Girls, State-by-State. Looks like americans aren't too creative with with girls names.
Contributed by Julian Moffatt, Lauren Zacharias, and Max Chiriac over the course of October 16th…
Initializr for HTML 5
Nice little site if you do any work on the web. We love Boilerplate and Bootstrap. Now there is a site with all of it in one spot.
Full Screen Super Mario Bros.
Because you didn't need to get anything done today, did you?
Yet another JS file uploader. DropzoneJS is an open source library that provides drag'n'drop file uploads with image previews.
There is no page fold!
Despite some other opinions there is no page fold on the web, and scrolling is standard behaviour.
Contributed by Wil Alambre and Julian Moffatt over the course of October 15th…
- Steam Controller Demonstration
GoDaddy Acquires Media Temple
I suspect there will be a lot of people unhappy about this, what with GoDaddy's track record of poor customer service, support of overreaching anti-piracy bills, blatantly sexist advertising.
Flat UI and Forms
A good "A List Apart" article that demonstrates the problems with implementing design trends without considering usability issues.
The Debt Ceiling Explained in 10 Short Sentences
Mother Jones does a good job of summing up the current shenanigans going on in American politics. Holy what a mess. Don't think for a second that this doesn't/won't affect Canada.
Contributed by Julian Moffatt over the course of October 11th…
Pearl Jam Stream 'Lightning Bolt' on iTunes until Release on October 15, 2013
Listening to it right now. Follow the above Rolling Stone article to Pearl Jam's iTunes page. Then click view in iTunes to get things rolling.
Lion Mail: Keyboard shortcuts
Well darn it all, if this isn't super handy.
Sustainable Web Design
Do you know the carbon footprint of your website? Check out A List Apart's article on what you can do to reduce it.
Nicolas Gallagher's Pure CSS GUI icons Demo
While not production ready yet, this concept is pretty awesome.
Contributed by Julian Moffatt and Max Chiriac over the course of October 10th…
Neil deGrasse Tyson on Being Made from Stars
I showed this to my girls last night. It really helped them understand that we are all part of the same fabric. Watch it.
The Oatmeal: Christopher Columbus was awful (but this other guy was not)
like many other misinterpreted history facts.
opentype.js is an OpenType and TrueType font parser. It allows you to access the letterforms of text from the browser or node.js.
Contributed by Max Chiriac, Wil Alambre, and Julian Moffatt over the course of October 9th…
CSS triangles explained in animated demo
Animated demo explains the concept behind CSS triangles trick which we like to use a lot where appropriate.
- How Designers Destroyed the World
Well, this looks like about the best thing in the world for topping burgers with.
BUG: Government occasionally shuts down
St. Vital water tests come back negative for bacteria
Fun times if you live in St. Vital and like to drink water. Follow this article Doug.
Pretty nice looking app that makes me reconsider iPhoto and iCloud.
10 Simple Things You Can Do Today That Will Make You Happier, Backed By Science
Sage advice. I have been trying to make all of them part of my daily routine.
Contributed by Julian Moffatt and Wil Alambre over the course of October 8th…
Nest Gives the Lowly Smoke Detector a Brain And a Voice
Wired.com has the story of a new product from Tony Fadell. This time he has targeted the smoke alarm. I'm a big fan of Nest.
The Social Media Generation
A sobering comic by Zen Pencisl based on a quote Marc Maron's memoir, Attempting Normal.
Contributed by Max Chiriac and Wil Alambre over the course of October 7th…
Easier payments in web apps with requestAutoComplete
Saved for later reference
Google mobile search replaces redirects with
Google mobile search is getting faster to200-400 milliseconds in supported browsers.
32-inch 4K Touchscreen
Now THAT is a big touchscreen Mac! Oi!
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of October 4th…
- Treehouse of Horror XXIV intro by Guillermo del Toro
Twitter files for IPO, claiming claims $317 million in revenue.
Contributed by Wil Alambre and Lauren Zacharias over the course of October 2nd…
RIP Tom Clancy
The bestselling author whose works were the basis for countless film and video game adaptations, has died at age 66.
How big is the Death Star really? Science fiction spaceships to scale.
Embiggen for maximum effect.
Contributed by Wil Alambre over the course of October 1st…