Alas, it turns out that it’s reliant on user-agent string sniffing. I guess that’s to be expected: this isn’t something that can be detected directly. Still, it feels a little fragile: whenever you use any user-agent sniffing tool you are entering an arms race that requires you to keep your code constantly updated.
Good luck getting that script updated for the thousands of sites and applications, you say to yourself, where it’s laying dormant just waiting to send devices the wrong content based on a UA substring.
Yes! Yes! YES!
Tom is spot-on here: you shouldn’t be afraid of writing about yourself …especially not for fear of damaging some kind of “personal brand” or pissing off some potential future employer.
If your personal brand demands that you live your life in fear of disclosing important parts of your life or your experience, the answer is to reject the whole sodding concept of personal brands.
Do things I write about my personal life threaten my personal brand? Perhaps. Are there people who wouldn’t hire me based on things I write? Probably. Do I give even a whiff of a fuck? Absolutely not. I wouldn’t want to work for them anyway.
A good history lesson in rendering engines: KHTML, WebKit, and now, Blink.
Some cautionary tales of over-engineering solutions before doing some quick user-testing to establish what the real problems are.
It’s a pleasant delusion to believe that all our problems require hard solutions.
This is a great initiative. I’m going to learn a lot from it. I hope that I might even be able to contribute to it sometime.
The latest Clearleft product will be like having an intensive set of discovery, collaboration, and exploration workshops in a box. Perfect for startups and other small businesses short on time or budget.
It starts in Spring but you can register your interest now.
I heartily concur with Luke’s call for sharing of data:
If you’ve had success with a responsive design, my plea to you is to please share what you’ve learned.
I’m going to see if I can get some Clearleft clients to open up.
If you’re coming along to the Responsive Day Out and you’ve got some tech books you no longer need, bring them along. We’ll collect them and distribute them to schools.
I heartily concur with Chris’s sentiment:
I wish everyone in the world would blog.
Oh, my! This excellent, excellent post from Anil Dash is a great summation of what has changed on the web, and how many of today’s big-name services are no longer imbued with the spirit of the web.
Either you remember how things used to be and you’ll nod your head vigorously in recognition and agreement …or you’re too young to remember this, and you won’t quite believe that is how things worked.
This isn’t some standard polemic about “those stupid walled-garden networks are bad!” I know that Facebook and Twitter and Pinterest and LinkedIn and the rest are great sites, and they give their users a lot of value. They’re amazing achievements, from a pure software perspective. But they’re based on a few assumptions that aren’t necessarily correct. The primary fallacy that underpins many of their mistakes is that user flexibility and control necessarily lead to a user experience complexity that hurts growth. And the second, more grave fallacy, is the thinking that exerting extreme control over users is the best way to maximize the profitability and sustainability of their networks.
A lovely new service from Mike Stenhouse: install the bookmarklet and then when you come across a website with a nice combination of fonts, you can save a snapshot of the page (and its fonts) for later perusal. You can then browse those fonts on Typekit, Fontdeck, MyFonts or Google Fonts.
Laura explains the problems with hiding content for small screens, and uses this as an opportunity to elucidate why you should blog, even if you’re think that no-one would be interested in what you have to say:
The point I’m trying to make is that we shouldn’t be fearful of writing about what we know. Even if you write from the most basic point of view, about something which has been ‘around for ages’, you’ll likely be saying something new to someone. They might be new to the industry, you might just be filling in the holes in someone’s knowledge.
This looks handy: a video-sharing service designed specifically to work with Silverback
A list of open device labs around the world (mostly Europe).
I’m trying to figure out which forthcoming sci-fi work this guerrilla marketing site is promoting—featuring customised shoes from bio-engineered stingray—but I’m not having any luck.
This starts out a bit hand-wavy with analogue nostalgia, but it wraps up with some genuinely good ideas for social software.
Thoughts on artificial intelligence, computation and complexity.
More on View Source, this time from Bruce.
The Web has thrived on people viewing source, copying and pasting, then tweaking until they get the page they want.
Now there’s a communal device testing lab in Malmö, Sweden too.
Jessica’s doodles are quite lovely.
A heartbreaking article about just how badly Yahoo fucked up with Flickr. It’s particularly sad coming out right as the Flickr devs roll out an improved uploader and a more liquid photo page …but it seems like band-aid development at this point.
Cute. I gave Dan some advice. He made it look all pretty.
An interview with George Dyson, whose next book—Turing’s Cathedral—sounds like it’ll be right up my alley.
Neal Stephenson speaks at Solve For X on the relative timidity of scientific (and science fictional) progress in our current time.
An acid test for mobile browsers. Point your device at rng.io and it will report on how much or little mobile shininess is available.
There’s something zen-like about these banal stories of celebrity encounters.
I had exactly the same resistance to Instagram as Dan and I had exactly the same Yuletide conversion.
Rachel tells the tale of how she came to be the splendid web worker she is and finishes with some advice for up-and-coming workers of the web:
Make 2012 the year you go out and do it.
This. This is why I love the web.
Not only does the web make publishers of those willing to put in the work, it also makes most of us free sharers of our hard-won trade, craft, and business secrets. The minute we grab hold of a new angle on design, interaction, code, or content, we share it with a friend — or with friends we haven’t met yet.
This handy matrix shows the effect of different -webkit-font-smoothing setting on various text combinations (serif/san-serif light/dark, etc.).
A joint effort by the Tau Zero Foundation and the British Interplanetary Society to research the design of an interstellar spacecraft.
Insanely in-depth look at how browsers work, right down to the nitty gritty. You’d think there’d be a lot of engineering talk, but actually a lot of it is more about linguistics and language parsing.
A swear word a day, typeset.
This could be a handy little service for sharing locally-hosted sites.
A great piece about the changing nature of content ownership and distribution. And now I share it with you, validating its central premise.
This is wonderful stuff: a long-term project to track the performance of high-traffic sites over time: oodles of lovely data and some quite shocking stats.
This may be one of the best pecha kuch— I mean, Ignite presentations I’ve ever seen.
Don Norman bemoans the seemingly-inevitable direction that the internet is taking; from an open system of exchange to a closed, controlled broadcast channel. I share his fear.
The New York subway schedule converted into sound by treating each line as a string.
A site dedicated to the principle of homesteading your data.
Luke unveils his new service: a way for people to share their collections of things.
James Bridle propsed Open Bookmarks during a presentation at Tools of Change in Frankfurt today: "Open Bookmarks is not a thing, it’s a proposal, a flag in the ground. We need to agree on a way of sharing and storing annotations and bookmarks, reading attention data and everything around the book: that aura."
An API for Turing test questions.
The search for Dyson spheres.
Network data fills me with awe. And now I'm sharing this because I like its positive message.
A store of fonts for sale, many of which have licenses that allow you to use them with @font-face.
A self-documenting explanation of why John Gruber doesn't have comments on his site.
A detailed document from Apple on their products' total carbon footprint.
Gorgeous photos of Arabic calligraphy drawn in light.
An alternative to the space elevator, an inflatable tower nine miles tall and tethered to a mountain top, could be made of commercially available materials.
A blog of all things webkit, itself showcasing some of the CSS niceties in the rendering engine.
An editorially managed collection of type-related goodies: "Think of it as FFFFound for all things type, typography, lettering, & signage."
Trust Tom to use the Guardian's new API for the purpose of answering those pressing questions, like "is fuckknuckle *really* the new cockbadger?"
Follow the adventure of this group of artists from around the world, in a Japanese fold Moleskine sketchbook exchange.
Matt has organised PaperCamp for this weekend and I'll be heading along. Should be good fun.
Fellow Powncers: authenticate here before December 15th to partake of the musical love that has been shared.
This looks wonderful: "a directory of ways to participate in space exploration." I'll be keeping my eye on the Elevator:2010 project.
Cursebird is a realtime feed of people swearing on Twitter. Fuck, yeah!
Kevin points out why you might want to keep your pictures on Flickr rather than Facebook. Like you needed a reason.
A seriously nice recipe sharing site. Everything is creative commons licensed and everything looks delicious.
Here are the fruits of the latest code push at Pownce: the ability to share files with the public and a tenfold increase in the file size limit.
Best. Single-serving site. Ever!
This looks like it could be a fun simple little service: upload MP3s to make an online mix tape ...that's it.
Coworking is on the radar of mainstream media. This article even includes a mention of Brighton & Hove's very own The Werks.
Tiki Bar TV's Johnny Johnny saves a woman from being killed on the New York subway. This is incontrovertible proof that outlandish cocktails can make you superhuman. Seriously though... bravo, Johnny Johnny, bravo!
I don't think the end of Catcher In The Rye will have quite the same impact after browsing through the signs on display here. This is big and it is clever.
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When life gives you spam, make pretty pictures.
The text of Mark Pesce's excellent presentation at Web Directions South.
I saw Steven Pinker give a talk recently and he spent a fair amount of time talking about swearing. He has written up that part of the talk into an article for the New Republic.
Arcade Fire and Bruce Springsteen together at last.
One of many code-snippet sharing sites out there but this one has some nice features like tagging and popularity. The interface is yuck though. dpaste,com is nicer but more ephemeral.
Et tu, BBC?
This transcription of John Gruber's justification for not having comments makes for superb reading. This is what blogging is really about.
This has become a regular event here in Brighton. Developers get up and talk about cheaply-made apps. I want to try and get a slot sometime.
Probably old news by now but Last.fm has been acquired by CBS, who I hope are not evil. The good news is that our favourite music site is staying in London. Rock on, FMers.
Now this is what I call a captcha. You want to know about my mother? I'll tell you about my mother.
Registration for Hack Day Europe (June 16th-17th) is open. Sign up now! This is going to be a lot of fun.
Upcoming events about Identity. A lot of these are happening in Europe; I should try to get to one.
Meri has created a wiki where would-be speakers can get advice and mentoring from established speakers. I don't know if I'm established but I'm offering my services.
Gareth has mashed up Google Maps with meatspace geek gatherings in the UK.
I used to think that Mike Arrington was a dick. Now I know he is.
This picture of Saturn, taken from the Cassini probe, is literally incredible: it doesn't look real.
"You can’t “semi-release” your 1.0 just because you want it out there but aren’t yet finished. Being semi-released is like being semi-pregnant."
Identity consolidation with the XFN rel="me" value. RTFM on sharing information across social networks.
Stuart posts a really handy string for testing internationalisation: Iñtërnâtiônàlizætiøn
The origins and history of copyright. Copyright was originally designed to subsidize distribution, not creation. Not much has changed... until now.
It's very childish of me, but I got a kick out of the reviews here.
It looks like Starbucks is ripping off Elsa's Oddzballz. Either it's a blatant rip-off or a quite a coincidence.
This looks crazy! Everyone is dancing to the beat of a different drum... I mean, iPod.
Apple are chasing companies that use the word "podcast", even though they have no claim to that word. Asshats.
This is fascinating in a voyeuristic way - photographs found on peer to peer networks from people who are (perhaps accidentally) sharing their entire home folder.
George Dyson pays a visit to Google and describes it in the context of the history of computing.