CNET News: Back “home” again.
Handy CSS ref.
ReadWriteWeb: Erase your online past?
This Message will Self-Destruct: New Tool Makes Online Postings Disappear: “On the internet, data lives forever. [snip] That may be about to change, though, thanks to a new tool created by researchers at the University of Washington.” As an aside, I wonder how many people dive into their archives and rewrite their past, without disclosing that they’ve done so?
Macworld: Here they come, the e-book avalanche.
Barnes & Noble makes a big splash into e-books. Prediction, and it’s not a difficult or unique one: we’ll have as many e-book readers as we have MP3 devices.
CNN: Bound to happen, I suppose
Robot chalks tweets on Tour de France route. “The Chalkbot takes input from text messages and Twitter posts sent by the public. The robot, a tractor-like device that’s pulled around by a truck, then paints those messages in large yellow letters along the Tour de France course.”
Web Design Ledger: Good quality free fonts.
17 Remarkably Professional Looking Free Fonts. Because we always need a few more fonts to clutter up our fonts folders, don’t we?
PDNPulse: It amazes me anyone thinks they can get away with this.
PDNPulse: New York Times Magazine Withdraws Altered Photo Essay. “A reader, however, discovered on close examination that one of the pictures was digitally altered, apparently for aesthetic reasons. Editors later confronted the photographer and determined that most of the images did not wholly reflect the reality they purported to show.” Virtually everyone understands what Photoshop does now, and what the signs of alteration are.
Telegraph.UK: Appearing in the next spelling bee?
Twitter gains entry in dictionary. “The website, which allows users to send brief online updates to their friends and family, will appears as both a noun and a verb.” I thought it had to be the Oxford English Dictionary to really count.
TdF Blog: Follow everything TdF on Twitter.
Sitepoint: Concentrate on HTML 5.
RIP XHTML 2. “How will this announcement affect XHTML developers? It won’t — not unless you have been developing XHTML 2 solutions in the faint hope of eventual browser support. XHTML 1.0 and 1.1 are still an implemented standard in most browsers and XHTML 5 will support the strict syntax, lowercase tags, and trailing slashes you want to use.”
Gmail label features.
I hate ‘em. I liked being able to move the labels over to the right, can’t seem to do it now. The interface is slower than death when redrawing. One fell swoop, it’s gone from nice to nearly unusable. Hate, hate, HATE the change.
Washington Post: This is getting mailed to clients ...
Facebook Activism: Lots of Clicks, but Little Sticks. “‘Commitment levels are opaque,’ says Joyce, who last year took a leave from DigiActive to work as new-media operations manager for Barack Obama’s campaign. ‘Maybe a maximum of 5 percent are going to take action, and maybe it’s closer to 1 percent ... In most cases of Facebook groups, members do nothing. I haven’t yet seen a case where the Facebook group has led to a sustained movement.’”
TechFlaps: I like paper.
Times Online.UK: Steve’s back. Just.
AP: Disclosure, disclosure.
The Associated Press: FTC plans to monitor blogs for claims, payments. “Many bloggers have accepted perks such as free laptops, trips to Europe, $500 gift cards or even thousands of dollars for a 200-word post. Bloggers vary in how they disclose such freebies, if they do so at all.”
New Scientist: More emailing means disaster looms?
Email patterns can predict impending doom. “Email logs can provide advance warning of an organisation reaching crisis point. That’s the tantalising suggestion to emerge from the pattern of messages exchanged by Enron employees.”
Boston Globe: Paper good, screen better?
Paper vs. computer screen. Discussing the Kindle: “All you are aware of is the next page, you don’t get this feeling that you are coming to the end of the book. It’s like being plunged directly into the author’s content.”
GoMediaZine: Some Mac utils for creatives.
10 Great Time-Saving Mac Utilities For Graphic Artists. I hadn’t known about many of these, so I figgered I’d link it.
Mac update ...
Yesterday, I successfully updated my iMac to 10.5.7 without incident. I ran Cocktail, then did a separate Disk Permission repair via Disk Utility, restarted, and then applied the Combo Updater. I knew to expect the double-reboot after install, and the excessively-long startup time afterwards. Did another Software Update, and added the Bluetooth Firmware update, the Safari 4 install, and the Java update without incident. Ran one more Disk Permission repair afterwards, and all seems well.
One recurring glitch. The Sound control panel seems to reset to default settings after each reboot, knocking my headset settings off. Happened a couple of times yesterday, but not today ... yet.
So those I advised to wait a little bit before updating (I always like to wait to see if an update is ‘good’, remnants of my time in Win XP), I say go for it.
Wisdump: Small CSS Frameworks.
Two lightweight CSS grid frameworks: the 1KB and the 1-liner. I pointed to one of these before, but there’s another one here, and possibly some in the comments. FYI, fellow designers.
CNET: “Professional Twittering.”
News.com.au: Technology you really hope you won’t ever need.
GPS shoes for Alzheimer’s patients. “A shoe-maker and a technology company are teaming up to develop footwear with a built-in GPS device that could help track down ‘wandering’ seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease.”
CNET News: End of the PowerPC era ...
Apple refreshes iPhones, MacBooks, and OS X at WWDC. “Apple demoed OS X 10.6, aka Snow Leopard. It will be available as a $29 upgrade for Leopard users, and for $49 as a 5-user family pack this October. It’s the first version of the OS X operating system that will not work on PowerPC-based Macs, meaning only people with Intel-based Macs will be able to use it.”
1 line CSS Grid Framework. Simple, brilliant.