RIA Zone: Flex 4, Flash Builder 4, CF Builder, and Flash Social Released En Masse.
“After several months in beta, a host of Flash Platform technologies were released today in their production-ready versions. The releases include version 4 of the Flex Framework, Flash Builder 4 (previously named Flex Builder), the brand new ColdFusion Builder, and the Flash Social service for easier Flash integration with social networking sites.”
Maintain: Activity Monitor
I love the Mac’s Activity Monitor app. Couldn’t keep my productivity high without it.
Maintain also has a nice ‘x-ray’ tip.
Downloaded Kindle for Mac.
I don’t get it. The minimal interface frustrates the hell out of me. I like Acrobat’s interface better. [Physical books, even more.] I suppose if you own a Kindle, it makes sense. But why voluntarily buy into lock-in? Gutenberg.org and Acrobat [or FoxIt Reader or whatever] on a tablet. Damned if I’d invest in a single-purpose device, given the current state of the mobile market.
Pxleyes: 5 Creative Ways You Can Use Image Compression.
“In web design, the term “compression” usually refers to the technique used to decrease the size of image files. There are creative ways to use compression, however, and that’s what I’ll discuss in this article.” Very retro, PS 1 feel.
Zen Habits: How I Became (Mostly) Google-free in About a Day.
The Atlantic: Facebook = Mombook.
ReadWriteWeb: Facebook To Pay $9.5 Million in Privacy Settlement.
“Facebook may be denying any wrongdoing, but a California judge is disagreeing with the social networks’ disagreement to the tune of a $9.5 million dollar settlement today. The Los Angeles Times reports that the settlement comes in response to a class-action lawsuit over Facebook’s Beacon program that published what users were buying.”
Macworld: Hipstamatic Review.
I see Amazon’s
made Kindle for Mac available.
NY Times: Google and Partners Seek Foothold in the Living Room.
Google’s about to swallow your television viewing.
SmashingWebs: 10 iPhone PSD Resources.
Handy. I may have linked something like this before; you can never collect enough links to freely available templates.
FAK3R: Build your own open source Dropbox clone.
A bit complex. Not for nOObs.
WebDesignerDepot: CSS Bugs and Inconsistencies in Firefox 3.x.
CNet: Going beyond Flash, Adobe shows off Web tech.
NPR: No Ink, No Paper: What’s The Value Of An E-Book?
“There’s serious misunderstanding there, because the publishing companies do today exist, and they do have all that overhead and they have to pay for it. And so that has to be figured into the cost of an electronic book… [snip] ... It’s not just the cost of transmitting a file. So it’s misleading to think that just because there is no physical book that the costs all disappear. They don’t.” Paper and bookbinding will be traded for internet delivery systems, security and computers. I’ll bet the prices will be higher.
Formula One Race Times and Dates for Google Calendar, iCal & Outlook.
The Single Page Interface Manifesto.
Dude’s thinking too much. The single CMS template is possible.
Ahhhh. MarsEdit’s back up.
It was a mod_security issue. New rules installed, MarsEdit’s working again.
To be honest, I hadn’t realized how much of a timesaver MarsEdit had become. Hand-copying titles, body text, switching tabs to set categories for a post ... and then having to scroll down to hit the submit button because I’ve got such a long list of categories ... damn. In MarsEdit, I’ve custom-configured the info that gets quoted in the constructed post, too.
I don’t often plug a product, but just go out and buy MarsEdit. You may call me biased because I worked the beta for Pike all those years ago, but I’m tellin’ you ... use it for two weeks, you won’t go back.
Later: To be perfectly clear, in case this gets linked: from what I understand, mod_security 2.5+ no longer allows the on/off switch to be set via .htaccess, because of the insecurity of .htaccess. Any changes must be set from Apache/PHP. If you’re on shared hosting, send a ticket to the security or tech departments. In MarsEdit, go to WINDOW > NETWORK LOG and copy the first eight lines of information (including URL, Method name, Network reply received, Status Code, Succeeded) and send this information along with your request. Your host will be able to set the correct mod_security rules.
ars technica: Safely whitelist your favorite sites and opt out of tracking.
“Many were more than happy to unblock Ars, but many others had difficulty doing so due to the complicated nature of many ad blocking solutions. Dozens of you asked for help, so here it is. In the first of many articles we plan to produce about these topics, we’ve attempted to collect information on how an informed Web user such as yourself can safely and responsibly whitelist websites that you support and trust.”
Matt Legend Gemmell: iPad Application Design.
“We already have iPhone apps on the iPad (they can run at their native size in the middle of the screen, or be scaled up to fit). That’s useful, but it’s not particularly interesting. Far more relevantly, we can bring desktop-class applications to iPad — but we need to rethink our user interface and design in general.” I wonder how iPad-specific apps scale down to iPhone?
Queness: Most Effective Method to Reduce and Optimize PNG Images.
Cute little trick.
Measuring Usability: Why you only need to test with five users (explained).
Makes a crystal clear case. Timely, too. Needed to test something.
ReadWriteWeb: Does HTML5 Really Beat Flash? The Surprising Results of New Tests.
“Here’s what this all means in layman’s terms: Apple isn’t allowing Flash to become more efficient on their Mac OS X/Safari platform (or their iPod/iPhone/iPad one, either) by not providing the access to the hardware it needs to reduce its CPU load. Adobe is waiting and watching to see if they do, but, as Ozer says ‘the ball is in Apple’s court.’” Sadly, not in wider public perception, but I think Jobs’ remarks are (as evinced by this and other articles) going to backfire on him. Reality had to punch through at some point.
All Things Digital: Video Interview: Jeff Smith of Mobile App Maker Smule.
”Smith is part of a small but vocal chorus of app developers who say they don’t want to move to Android, even though it is growing quickly. His complaints: He doesn’t like the way the store merchandises its wares, and he doesn’t want to have to create different apps for each handset Android supports.” Yet we see, time and again, those who throw up walls, refuse to adapt, are the ones who generally lose. Marked to revisit this in a year or so.