WebAppers: I hate doing this.
I hate linking these inescapable ‘best’ lists that reproduce like bunnies in the metacosm, inspiring all kinds of mediocrity. However, a recent search for Flash components was so arduous, I thought I’d save others some grief: Best 15 Places to Get Quality Flash Components. “Quality” is the keyphrase; if you’re going to use something non-Adobe, demo it thoroughly (if you can) across the versions of Flash Player you’ll be using, to guarantee performance before purchase.
is the company that created the titles sequences for Sherlock Holmes. You can see the stills and short QT clips here (clips on left, movies on right, bottom). Very nicely done!
Aetuts+: AE cheat sheet.
Follow up on iMac i5 27” monitor flicker issue.
Turning off Time Machine seemed to stop the periodic flickering. At least it hasn’t returned yet. I tipped to the idea when I saw a thread mentioning worsening flicker on iMacs writing to external drives. I doubt Apple will care about this single observation, but I’ll let them know nonetheless, once we give it another day or two. Previously mentioned here. [I misspoke in that post; the external drive is USB, not Firewire.]
Lifehacker: Read clean.
Get an Instapaper Text View of Any Web Article. As I mentioned over the holiday weekend, I use Readability in association with Evernote. Cleans the cruft, and I can grab the entire contents of an article (with the associated article-images, just losing the excess) into Evernote. This way I’ve got the full text I desire at my fingertips without blowing the bandwidth constraints on the free Evernote account. I’ve already found some of my earlier url-only snips are unavailable, deleted, or just non-functional. Evernote’s dropped my use of Delicious down to zero.
Mashable: Anything that makes updating simpler.
ars technica: A level-headed bit of prediction over the Apple Tablet.
The Readability widget is a real nifty trick for storing website content into Evernote. Drops out all the memory-hogging graphics.
ars technica: End of an era, for copper-wire landlines.
AT&T: landline phone service must die; only question is when. “Indeed, perhaps the clearest sign of the transformation away from POTS and towards a broadband future is that there are probably now more broadband connections than telephone lines in the United States.” Wow. Just ... wow.
BBC: As with condos, you own air.
The US virtual economy is set to make billions. I suppose if virtual pet furniture makes you happy, then that ‘virtual happiness’ becomes real happiness. In the meantime, it’s time to update my form•z software and expedite restoring my 3D skillset ...Via Ed Bilodeau/Facebook.
tripwire magazine: First decent ‘tip’ article I’ve seen in ages.
Most of these kinds of articles are retreads of retreads with little valuable information couched in excessive gab and ads. This one’s better: Most Essential Best Practices to Improve and Optimize Your Markup and CSS.
The Chronicle of Higher Education: In a Facebook world, what is a “Friend”?
Faux Friendship. “In retrospect, it seems inevitable that once we decided to become friends with everyone, we would forget how to be friends with anyone. We may pride ourselves today on our aptitude for friendship — friends, after all, are the only people we have left — but it’s not clear that we still even know what it means.”
Reuters: After all the trouble we went through dealing with docx.
Microsoft loses Word patent appeal. “On August 12, a jury in a federal U.S. district court in Texas ruled in favor of i4i Ltd against Microsoft, for infringing a patent relating to the use of XML, or extensible markup language, in the 2003 and 2007 versions of Word.”
CNET News: It’s all in the interpretation.
Twitter? Profitable? Really? “Considering the company has not yet put forth a long-term revenue strategy, this would be one of those Christmas miracles along the lines of a neurotic mom getting home to her stranded eight-year-old by fortuitously hitching a ride with a polka band fronted by John Candy.”
Designcollector: More motion graphics coolness.
Inspiration set #20. Russian Motion Designers on Behance. I love this stuff.
Ajaxian: Just CSS and HTML.
3D CSS Parallax Effect. Oh, I’ve gotta try this.
CNET News: Facebook, the new Compuserve?
Facebook is the new Compuserve. “The real concern is that we share so much behind the closed doors of Compuserve-esque Web ‘sites’ that serve as Hotel Californias for our content.” He’s right ... that’s precisely the feeling, like we’re voluntarily (crazily) flocking into managed web communities like Compuserve or AOL.
Macworld: This *almost* makes me wish I had an iPhone.
vowe dot net has got you covered.
Update your Adobe Flash player on Mac. I knew mine was old, and hadn’t gotten around to updating it. Vowe makes it easy.
Pick a faster DNS.
namebench. “Are you a power-user with 5 minutes to spare? Do you want a faster internet experience? ”
Reuters: Twitter update.
Twitter eyes acquisitions, sees making money in 2010. “There are no dates when we need to break even. We have plenty of money in the bank.” How lucky for them!
Mashable: Tips on virtual meetings.
5 Important Tips for Successful Web Meetings. “… getting virtual meetings right takes a bit of skill. They differ from in-person get-togethers in many critical ways – and to succeed with web-based collaboration, meeting leaders and participants should follow a few simple tips.” I’d add, test everyone’s bandwidth FIRST. DSL in NM significantly sucks, and the more video webcams you include, or the more online audio inputs you use, the worse the desktop sharing is going to perform. (I can hold virtual meetings with DSL clients across the country without NM’s hiccups.) I run virtual meeting software with vidcam turned off AND run my audio feed through Skype - which maintains decent visual throughput. For me, audio feed and desktop sharing performance both need to be stellar. I could care less about the vidcam.
CNET News: I shut down browsers when doing ‘real’ work.
Firefox: Heat and the CPU usage problem. I’m accustomed to expecting memory leaks.
Wired | Raw File: Ain’t as easy as it looks.
Hi-Def DSLRs May Be Cheap, But Talent Is Priceless. “The main block there is what happens when 1080p video in particular gets pushed down into a truly consumer market and people encounter how much time and computer power it takes to edit the footage.” Requires RAIDing your wallet, in other words.
Gizmodo: Retro Mac goodness.