Tags: software

Curiosity Hub

This nifty place in Brighton is just down the street from me:

Our classes allow kids to get creative with exciting, cutting-edge technology and software.

Photography, hello — Software ate the camera, but freed the photograph by Craig Mod

Craig recently had a piece published in the New Yorker called Goodbye, Cameras. It’s good …but this follow-on piece on his own site is truly wonderful.

Read. Absorb. Ponder.

Being close to the network does not mean being on Facebook, thought it can mean that, too. It does not mean pushing low-res images to Instagram, although there’s nothing wrong with that. What the network represents, in my mind, is a sort of ledger of humanity. The great shared mind. An image’s distance to it is the difference between contributing or not contributing to that shared ledger.

Silicon Valley through a PRISM · Ben Ward

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.

Ghostlab

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.

Execution in the Kingdom of Nouns by Steve Yegge

A classic of writing on the fundamental differences between programming languages.

Shadow is now Adobe Edge Inspect | Adobe Edge Inspect Team Blog

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?

Digital Scarcity | Tuhin Kumar

This starts out a bit hand-wavy with analogue nostalgia, but it wraps up with some genuinely good ideas for social software.

Satellite Eyes

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.

The Farmer & Farmer Review. Modern Medicine by Jonathan Harris

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.

ImageAlpha — lossy compression for 24-bit PNG images

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.

Clear for iPhone (Coming Soon!) on Vimeo

Nik demos the neat interactions in Realmac’s latest piece of iOS software in this cute little video.

impress.js | presentation tool based on the power of CSS3 transforms and transitions in modern browsers | by Bartek Szopka @bartaz

A competitor to Prezi built with HTML, CCS and JavaScript.

Don’t Be A Free User (Pinboard Blog)

Maciej delivers a rant worthy of Paul Robert Lloyd.

GitHub for Mac

This Mac desktop GUI should go some way to making designers less fearful of getting stuck in with GitHub.

Latin Text Generator for Mac OS X - LittleIpsum

A cute little lorem ipusm generator for the mac.

Kod

This code editor for OS X looks interesting.

Bulkr - Download Flickr photos in batches (Mac, Windows & Linux)

This looks like it could be a handy tool for backing up Flickr photos.

Radi

A Mac app for creating animations with canvas and video.

Modifiable Futures: Science Fiction at the Bench by Colin Milburn

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.

Sweet Talking Your Computer - WSJ.com

Personality in software. Pieces of technology are people too.

GodBlock - Protect your children

A filter (for Mac and PC) to block violence, misogyny, superstition and other mainstays of religious content.

The real reason why Steve Jobs hates Flash - Charlie's Diary

Charles Stross peers into his dilithium crystal ball and tells tales of the future as decided by Apple.

Don’t listen to Le Corbusier—or Jakob Nielsen : Cheerful

A beautiful call to arms against engineerism in design. Software cries out for love.

QuirksBlog: Apple is not evil. iPhone developers are stupid.

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.

Whatcha Readin' For? - Handy TextMate tips for working with HTML & CSS

Some very handy Textmate tips from Emil ....especially the bit about doing calculations for vertical rhythm.

Biscuit Tin - Random is good.

The iPhone App of Magnetic North's wonderful serendipitous Flickr photo viewer is now available for free. It's lovely.

Make Photoshop Faster

Two little tips courtesy of Dan.

Stellarium

A free open source planetarium for your computer.

Google Quick Search Box

A Quicksilver rival from Google.

Tom Taylor : Projects : Clarke

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.

Tea Round - Democra-tea at work

It looks Wheel of Tea is going to face some stiff competition from this iPhone app.

StupidFilter :: Main / HomePage

Because the internet needs prophylactics for memetically transmitted diseases.

How to run Safari 4 beta and Safari 3 on the same mac: BeatnikPad Journal

Neil explains how you can have your Safari cake and eat it.

Bean: An OS X Word Processor

Bean is a free word processor for OS X. Looks nice and simple.

Last.fm – the Blog · Last.fm for iPhone and iPod Touch

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.

“Gorilla” Usability Testing | GarrettDimon.com

Garrett's in-depth look at Silverback, the Mac app that we've been cooking up at Clearleft.

Lustro - milkcarton

A cute little Mac app that exports your address book contacts in multiple formats ...including an HTML file with hCards!

vidnik - Google Code

A handy Mac app from Google that allows you to record from your iSight and upload directly to YouTube.

Camino. Releases. 1.6

Camino 1.6 is out. Get it while it's hot.

ScreenReader.net: freeware freedom for blind and Visually impaired people

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.

NextUpdate.com Home | Next Update

Garrett's bug tracking software is one step closer to completion.

MacHeist » Bundle

The asking price of $49 for all these apps together is a bargain. CSSEdit alone is easily worth that much.

Surfin’ Safari - Blog Archive » WebKit Does HTML5 Client-side Database Storage

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.

The Marble of Doom

Contribute to the pool of data by inputting how much time you've wasted watching the spinning beachball of death.

Cruciforum: crucially simple

A super simple lightweight piece of forum software from Stuart in just one PHP file. Drop it in a directory and you're done.

Validator S.A.C. - Stand-Alone W3C HTML Validator Application for Mac OS X

For those times when you need to validate your markup but you don't have a 'net connection.

Orbicule | Undercover

An interesting product designed to catch the thieves after your Macbook gets stolen.

Global Nerdy » Blog Archive » The World Needs More Dialog Boxes Like This

Best. Dialogue box. Ever.

movabletype.org: Welcome to MTOS: the Movable Type Open Source Project

This is the secret I've been keeping ever since I visited Six Apart a few weeks back: Movable Type is going open source.

Medallia Blog: jQuery Reference Widget Archives

Use jQuery? Use a mac? Here's a handy dashboard reference.

Color Oracle

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.

Panic - Coda - One-Window Web Development for Mac OS X

This looks like an interesting new piece of software from Panic. And the site's got some lovely JavaScript flourishes.

PawSense helps you catproof your computer.

Ingenious.

Daring Fireball: 'Beta' Is Not an Excuse

"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 Project

S5 has a posse.

CcPublisher 2 - CcWiki

This is a tool for embedding licensing information in files (like MP3s). I'm going to try this out and see how it goes.

Cork'd

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.

iSquint's 'help' on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Best. Help menu. Ever.

Friendster lost steam. Is MySpace just a fad?

Danah Boyd writes an essay that would've been a blog post but it got too long.

Newsvine - Comments on community

In a very meta move, I've seeded Newsvine with my post about comments (and Newsvine) with an eye to soliciting comments.

"G/localization: When Global Information and Local Interaction Collide"

Danah Boyd's talk at ETech 2006.

Camino - Mozilla power, Mac style.

Camino 1.0 is out. Come and get it.

Eric's Archived Thoughts: Adium: Chatting With Style

You can skin Adium using just XHTML and CSS. Who knew?

CoverFlow

A nifty app for OS X that allows you to browse your iTunes music by album cover.