Archive: December, 2007

wrapping up 2007 (28 December 2007, Interconnected)

A brilliant braindump by Matt Webb examining the weave of the Web and the nature of reality. Set aside some time to soak this up.

Web design 2.0 - it’s all about the resource and its URL « Derivadow.com

A great article about designing for what Tom Coates calls a "web of data", emphasising the importance of making sure that a resource sits at one URL.

Music Recording Industry Will Be First Traditional Media Industry To Be Utterly Destroyed By Digital Technology - Publishing 2.0

The RIAA now says it is illegal for you to put that CD you bought onto your own computer. Asshats.

End of Support for Netscape web browsers - The Netscape Blog

Netscape Navigator is officially dead. Rest in peace, my old adversary.

Is it jeremykeith's Birthday?

You've seen isitchristmas.com, istwitterdown.com and dowebsitesneedtolookexactlythesameineverybrowser.com. Now Gareth Rushgrove has built isitbirthday.com. Subscribe to the RSS feed just in case you were wondering when my birthday is.

TypeTrust

Epic is a lovely looking new typeface from Neil Summerour.

From The Magazine : Radar Online : Cory Doctorow imagines a world in which Google is evil

Scroogled is a short story by Cory Doctorow that's especially timely.

Let’s Jailbreak the iPod touch 1.1.2 with OS X « RupertGee’s iBlog

A step-by-step guide to hacking your iPod Touch even if you've already upgraded to the new firmware.

David Byrne's Survival Strategies for Emerging Artists — and Megastars

A brilliant summation by David Byrne of the possible business models available to musicians today.

Podcast: Welcome to Tech weekly from the Guardian | Technology | Guardian Unlimited

There's a new technology podcast available from The Guardian. It's hosted by Aleks and judging from the first episode, it's going to be very good indeed.

The Humble Gourmand - Home

A new webzine dedicated to food, prettily put together by M. Jackson Wilkinson.

cityshrinker

Lots of tiltshift photos gathered together in one place.

ongoing · In The Audience

Tim Bray echoes my thoughts on conferences. "And let’s be brutal: at most conferences, there are two ways to get a talk accepted: submit an interesting talk, or bribe the conference organizer. Oops, sorry: I meant “be a platinum sponsor”."

The Hugh Grant Squid Test

A dictionary of all-sorts. An enpsychlo-blog. A compendium of ancient wisdom of modern usage. History, philosophy, and the world around you. A "Who's who?", a "How's when?" and "What on Earth is it?" A token nod in the direction of truth and a dip in the

John Resig - Sexy Firefox 3

If you want to install the beta of Firefox 3 on OS X but you still want to keep a copy of Firefox 2, John will show you how.

IEBlog : Internet Explorer 8 and Acid2: A Milestone

Great news from Redmond: IE8 passes the Acid2 test.

Clichés are hard

An offhand remark I made on Twitter spurs Dom on to do a whole lotta research on character encoding in class names.

QuirksBlog: Opera's antitrust complaint and political control of web standards

PPK points out a potentially dangerous aspect to Opera's actions, one that that the rest of us have missed: "Without consulting anybody, Opera is trying to give a political body the right to decide what does and what does not constitute a web standard."

Cognitive accessibility of user interfaces summarised in an oversimplified rule // plasmasturm.org

The Sapir WIMP hypothesis: "The more easily you can talk about a user interface, the more easily you can understand how to manipulate it."

evhead: Will it fly? How to Evaluate a New Product Idea

Ev Williams has some tips for evaluating business ideas, broken down by tractability, obviousness, deepness, wideness, discoverability, monetizability (ugh!) and the all-important "personally compelling" factor.

Christmas Jesus Dress Up!

Yours to cut out and keep.

No Ideas But In Things

"No Ideas But In Things is a library of controls, animations, layouts, and displays that might be a source of inspiration for interaction designers. Dan Saffer is the curator. The title comes from a William Carlos Williams poem."

Official Google Blog: Encouraging people to contribute knowledge

Google have a service called Knol on the way. It looks like it's going up against Wikipedia.

Merriam-Webster Online

The word w00t has been voted Merriam-Webster word of the year 2007. Slow year.

Do websites need to look exactly the same in every browser?

Like "is it Christmas?" or "is Twitter down?" but less Boolean.

Tweets - Overheard.it

A "barnacle app" that pulls out all the overheard quotes from Twitter.

Preoccupations: Adactio hits St Paul's

David follows up on my talk at St Paul's with cornucopia of thoughts and links that's more in-depth than the talk itself.

R2D2 Translator

Type a word, hear it from Artoo.

Developer's Guide - Google Chart API - Google Code

All the code you need to add charts and graphs to your site.

Vitamin Features » Creating Sexy Stylesheets

Jina has put together an excellent series of steps you can take to keep not just nice, but downright sexy.

The Magical Minimalism of Microformats - Open - Code - New York Times Blog

This makes me feel all warm and fuzzy: the New York Times talking about microformats.

HEMA - online winkelen

A very cute bit of e-commerce chicanery.

nclud's Sketchbook | Cindy Li nclud'ed

Cindy is now working for nclud. That's good for Cindy and good for nclud.

Facebook's Misrepresentation of Beacon's Threat to Privacy: Tracking users who opt out or are not logged in. - CA Security Advisor Research Blog - CA

An excellent piece of research that shows how Facebook affiliates' cross-site scripting (Beacon) sends information back to the mothership regardless of whether the user has opted out.

disambiguity - » Design Ethics - Encouraging responsible behaviour

Leisa joins in on the password anti-pattern. As she says, this is a question of ethics. I've already made my position clear to my colleagues and clients. Have you?