Pianu is an interactive way to learn piano online.
If you don’t have a plug-in instrument keyboard ... you may want to pass. I just performed the most atonal version of “Chopsticks” ...
Pomodoro Time Manager.
For those of you like me who tend to collect these low cost apps in search of the perfect solution ...
TechCrunch: Prototyping Suite InVision Is Acquiring Design Tool Macaw.
“Notably, InVision is not shutting down Macaw. The company will indefinitely allow access to the current version, while Macaw’s latest product Scarlet (a live, real-time design environment) will be bundled into other InVision products this year.” Another reason to keep an eye on InVision ...
Three from Search Engine Roundtable.
1. Google says shorter URLs are better.
2. Google says links in footers or sitewides aren’t given much weight.
3. Google says title tags are ranking factors, but not worth rewriting for ‘better’ results.
Ask DN: iPad Pro as my main computer, any apps you recommend?
Of interest to those of you with iPad Pros.
Curated design, front-end, back-end, mobile dev links. No RSS feeds? Looks like I’d have to sign up to find out.
GitHub: A Git client for Sketch.
Medium/Drew: The Sad State of Web Development.
Entertaining. And indeed sad.
Register.UK: Linode’s crippling cyber-siege enters day four.
DZone: PHP 7 in Production.
FYI. I just upgraded MAMP PRO, set up PHP 7, and I have to say that for those apps that can handle it, 7 is fast indeed.
SqlPad - A web app for running SQL queries and visualizing the results.
IBM Swift Sandbox.
GitHub: Release php-7.0.0.
Question for web designers: Best place to purchase web fonts?
I’ve been using a webfont-rental service for a client site for a while now. They’ve evinced an interest in purchasing the font, rather than rent. Is there a ‘best place’ for this these days? Thanks.
Foundation 6 is available.
Bruce Clay: Is Google about to Kill Its Penguin? Is It the End of Link Spam?
“This tactic was so effective that it literally changed the face of the Internet. Blog spam, comment spam, scraper sites – none of them would exist if Google’s algorithm didn’t, for quite some time, reward the acquisition of links (regardless of source) with higher rankings.”
SERoundtable: Google’s John Mueller - Don’t Follow Big Sites SEO, They Often Get It Wrong.
nngroup: Long-Term Exposure to Flat Design - How the Trend Slowly Makes Users Less Efficient.
“Users are forced to explore pages to determine what’s clickable. They frequently pause in their activities to hover over elements hoping for dynamic clickability signifiers, or click experimentally to discover potential links. This behavior is analogous to the behavior of laboratory rats in operant-conditioning experiments: if a rat gets a food pellet at random intervals after performing a specific action, the rat will keep doing that action in the hope of getting fed again.” My italic emphasis. Great point, well explained.
Webdesigner Depot: Adobe releases award-winning Slate app for the web.
Git2Go. iPhone app.
Mattermost ... open source, Slack alternative.
DN: Dreamweaver: why not?
At least noone mentioned GoLive or FrontPage.
Register.UK: North America is COMPLETELY OUT of new IPv4 addresses
“In the past few minutes, ARIN – which oversees the allocation of IP addresses in North America – has confirmed the region is completely dry of new IPv4 address. No new addresses are available for web hosting companies, cloud providers, individuals, organizations: the last batch was issued this week.”
Register.UK: Why Amazon, Netflix, Tinder, Airbnb and co plunged offline.
“It got so bad AWS engineers were unable to send administrative commands to the metadata systems. At about 0500 PT, the team paused the service so that it could get in and make changes to handle the overwhelming workload. By 0700 PT, DynamoDB was staggering back to its feet. Other services were hit by the outage: EC2 Auto Scaling, the Simple Queue Service, CloudWatch, and the AWS Console feature, suffered problems.”