Ben is rightly worried by the blasé attitude in the tech world to the PRISM revelations. Perhaps that attitude stems from a culture of “log everything by default”?
I think there’s a deep rooted trait within this industry that sedates the outrage. That is the normality, complicity, and dependency on ‘surveillance’ in the software we make.
This looks like it could be a handy app for synchronising a whole bunch of devices when testing. I’ll have to give it a whirl on the device lab.
Also, it has a perfectly fair one-off price, rather than the Mafia-style protection fee model that Adobe uses for Edge Inspect.
A classic of writing on the fundamental differences between programming languages.
Oh, dear. Adobe Shadow gets a new name and a hefty price tag. Yesterday it was free. Today it is $119.88 per year. It’s useful but it’s not that useful.
So, lazy web, who’s working on an open-source alternative?
This starts out a bit hand-wavy with analogue nostalgia, but it wraps up with some genuinely good ideas for social software.
A nifty little Mac app from Tom: it changes your desktop wallpaper to a satellite view of your current location.
Alas, it requires Lion, an operating system I’ve been trying to avoid installing.
This is very, very good. It gets a little unhinged towards the end but Jonathan Harris’s initial comparisons of software with medicine are spot-on.
From Kornel, the genius who gave us ImageOptim, comes another Mac desktop tool for optimising PNGs, this time converting 24-bit PNG to 8-bit with full alpha channel.
Nik demos the neat interactions in Realmac’s latest piece of iOS software in this cute little video.
Maciej delivers a rant worthy of Paul Robert Lloyd.
This Mac desktop GUI should go some way to making designers less fearful of getting stuck in with GitHub.
A cute little lorem ipusm generator for the mac.
This code editor for OS X looks interesting.
This looks like it could be a handy tool for backing up Flickr photos.
A Mac app for creating animations with canvas and video.
The influence of science on science-fiction and the influence of science-fiction on science. Or rather, how science-fiction mods science, and how science (and software) mods science-fiction.
Yet even as it has become ever more familiar and commonplace, this mash‐up of the word “science” with the word “fiction” still seems to insist on a certain internal incoherence, as if the tiny typographic space inside the label of “science fiction” were to signify a vast chasm, a void between alien worlds.
Personality in software. Pieces of technology are people too.
A filter (for Mac and PC) to block violence, misogyny, superstition and other mainstays of religious content.
Charles Stross peers into his dilithium crystal ball and tells tales of the future as decided by Apple.
A beautiful call to arms against engineerism in design. Software cries out for love.
PPK offers a rebuttal to Paul Graham's attack on Apple's App Store policies by placing the blame firmly at the feet of developers who refuse to embrace web technologies.
Some very handy Textmate tips from Emil ....especially the bit about doing calculations for vertical rhythm.
The iPhone App of Magnetic North's wonderful serendipitous Flickr photo viewer is now available for free. It's lovely.
Two little tips courtesy of Dan.
A free open source planetarium for your computer.
A Quicksilver rival from Google.
A sweet little Skyhook/FireEagle desktop app from Tom. It updates your FireEagle location every five minutes by pinging Skyhook's API to triangulate your position. A small piece, loosely joining two small pieces.
It looks Wheel of Tea is going to face some stiff competition from this iPhone app.
Because the internet needs prophylactics for memetically transmitted diseases.
Neil explains how you can have your Safari cake and eat it.
Bean is a free word processor for OS X. Looks nice and simple.
If, like me, you were going cold turkey on Mobile Scrobbler after updating your jailbroken iPhone/iPod Touch, you can stop sweating now. The official Last.fm app is really, really nice ...and it's free.
Garrett's in-depth look at Silverback, the Mac app that we've been cooking up at Clearleft.
A cute little Mac app that exports your address book contacts in multiple formats ...including an HTML file with hCards!
A handy Mac app from Google that allows you to record from your iSight and upload directly to YouTube.
Camino 1.6 is out. Get it while it's hot.
A free screen reader. If this turns out to be any good, it could be a game-changer: a long overdue kick in the behind for Freedom Scientific.
Garrett's bug tracking software is one step closer to completion.
The asking price of $49 for all these apps together is a bargain. CSSEdit alone is easily worth that much.
I just learned from Kelly that Webkit is supporting local storage and database queries, as proposed in HTML5. Kinda like Google Gears. Potentially excited for the iPhone/iPod Touch.
Contribute to the pool of data by inputting how much time you've wasted watching the spinning beachball of death.
A super simple lightweight piece of forum software from Stuart in just one PHP file. Drop it in a directory and you're done.
For those times when you need to validate your markup but you don't have a 'net connection.
An interesting product designed to catch the thieves after your Macbook gets stolen.
Best. Dialogue box. Ever.
This is the secret I've been keeping ever since I visited Six Apart a few weeks back: Movable Type is going open source.
Use jQuery? Use a mac? Here's a handy dashboard reference.
A very handy little app that sits in your menu bar on OS X and can instantly show you how your screen would look if you were colour blind.
"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."
S5 has a posse.
This is a tool for embedding licensing information in files (like MP3s). I'm going to try this out and see how it goes.
From Dan Cederholm and Dan Benjamin: a lovely looking piece of social software all about wine. I've been trying it in pre-release and it's really, really nice. This is my kind of website.
Best. Help menu. Ever.
Danah Boyd writes an essay that would've been a blog post but it got too long.
In a very meta move, I've seeded Newsvine with my post about comments (and Newsvine) with an eye to soliciting comments.
Danah Boyd's talk at ETech 2006.
Camino 1.0 is out. Come and get it.
You can skin Adium using just XHTML and CSS. Who knew?
A nifty app for OS X that allows you to browse your iTunes music by album cover.