Lifehacker: If you’re on Windows, and want a free system utility.
tripwire magazine: A couple of apps I hadn’t heard of.
UsabilityPost: It’s all about the software?
Flash Is Never Coming To the iPhone. “If Apple were to implement Flash for the iPhone, developers would get another tool with which to make their apps. They will also have a completely open channel for distribution: the Web. This means no control for Apple.”
Never seen this before!
NY Times Skimmer. Or maybe I have, and just forgot. Still, another way of parsing the Times.
CNET News: More space on Google Docs.
John Nack on Adobe: Watch Photoshop in action.
AUG.MX: And a link to reinforce my earlier statements about Esquire Mag.
Augmented Reality Explored. Funny frame stuff going on there; if you can’t see it, let me know.
TechCrunch: And I want Flash CS5 like ... yesterday.
This Will Be The Year Adobe’s 2 Million Flash Developers Come To The iPhone. “Once Adobe publicly releases CS5, Flash apps and video still won’t run on the iPhone. But those 2 million developers will be able to keep working with Adobe tools and simply turn them into iPhone apps automatically.”
The Atlantic Business Channel: But ...
Esquire’s Smart Print Strategy Yes, but have you seen how the buzz around augmented reality has *exploded* since Esquire’s use of it in the Robert Downey issue? The implementation wasn’t the most impressive, but it single-handedly started the scramble in video and Flash circles to duplicate and one-up this use. You see ‘AR’ being mentioned everywhere now, and I bet you’ll be seeing advertisers flocking to it when applied to smartphone tech.
This was not a limited web strategy. This was a bold chance taken, and I hope it was rewarded.
Macworld: So much for .docx. How much inconvenience is this going to cause?
Microsoft will patch Mac Word to comply with court order. “Users who bought or licensed Word 2003 or Word 2007 before Jan. 10 do not have to apply the patches.”
NY Times: As always, compelling story first.
Then fit the effects to enhance the story. 3-D’s Quest to Move Beyond Gimmicks. I hate when I walk into a movie, and can date the thing by the effects plugins used.
Lifehacker: Open source project management.
Collabtive Gives You Local Control Over Project Management. My problem is getting clients to use the damned project management programs. Many see it as a useless layer over email, and only use it when I insist (strongly). I’ve got Basecamp, I’ve installed Collabtive - I think the Collabtive interface would scare my clients so badly they’d never leave email again. Too much of the interface is invisible, not clear. And I’ve found the software’s pokey on my servers. YMMV.
has a good link on the status of “View Source” today, and where it might be going.
A few quick random thoughts about this (for which I hold no strong opinions):
- Web apps are becoming more like programs, and we can’t see source code for programs like Photoshop or Word. Customization is only slight, handled through plugins, add-ons and scripting. Is this not where the web is heading?
- Could transparent markup be holding back innovation and complexity?
- The beauty of the web is that anyone can put together a page if they know <html><head><title></title></head><body></body></html>. The playing field of the web is still open to the unskilled individual who has compelling content to post. “View Source” is integral to learning HTML.
It always seems to come down to people vs. programmers. Surely it can be both, without penalizing either.
Washington Post also photographs CES 2010.
kuro5hin.org: Chess in 1k.
The greatest program ever written. “This is because David Horne wrote the greatest program ever written: 1k chess on the ZX81.” Click the link at the bottom for more info.
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.