Archive: On this day

July 28th, 2021

One-offs and low-expectations with Safari -

If I could ask for anything, it’d be that Apple loosen the purse strings and let Webkit be that warehouse for web innovation that it was a decade ago.

July 28th, 2020

Replying to a tweet from @slightlylate

I concur that impact is more important than motive.

That’s why I was surprised that you ascribed motive in your blog post (a motive that contradicts Apple’s stated motive).

Replying to a tweet from @slightlylate

I’m trying to make of it what you will, but you won’t tell me. 🙂

They claim one motive (privacy). You claim another (not wishing to expand the web platform).

Which one is true and which one is false?

Replying to a tweet from @slightlylate

Nowhere in published policy documents do Apple or Mozilla say that they do not wish to expand the web platform.

You wrote a blog post stating that Apple and Mozilla do not wish to expand the web platform.

Replying to a tweet from @slightlylate

So you’re not accusing them of lying?

You claim that they do not wish to expand the web platform.

What they have written published in policy documents is that they have privacy concerns.

Is what they are saying true?

Replying to a tweet from @slightlylate

You should be a politician.

It’s a “yes” or “no” question.

Are they lying?

Replying to a tweet from @slightlylate

Are they lying about their motives?

You say their motivation is that they do not wish to expand the web platform.

They say their motivation is privacy.

Is that a lie?

Replying to a tweet from @slightlylate

So you think they’re lying?

Replying to a tweet from @slightlylate

They also gave their reasoning (privacy concerns). You’re claiming their stated reasons aren’t their real motives.

Someone at Google, of all places, should know better than to ascribe shadowy motives to a company’s actions.

Replying to a tweet from @slightlylate

I agree. Competition is good. What isn’t good is talking about the competition using the language of conspiracy theories:

There is a contingent of browser vendors today who do not wish to expand the web platform…

Replying to a tweet from @stshank

I wrote about the differences in priorities here:

Google’s Top Search Result? Surprise! It’s Google – The Markup

I’ve been using Duck Duck Go for ages so I didn’t realise quite how much of a walled garden Google search has become.

41% of the first page of Google search results is taken up by Google products.

This is some excellent reporting. The data and methodology are entirely falsifiable so feel free to grab the code and replicate the results.

Note the fear with which publishers talk about Google (anonymously). It’s the same fear that app developers exhibit when talking about Apple (anonymously).

Ain’t centralisation something?

July 28th, 2019

The Atlas of Moons

Take an interactive tour of our solar system’s many moons.

July 28th, 2018



Checked in at Murmur. 🐟 — with Jessica map

Checked in at Murmur. 🐟 — with Jessica

Big waves in Brighton.

Big waves in Brighton.

Manton Reece - Anchor on free podcasting

Anchor seems to be going for the YouTube model. They want a huge number of people to use their platform. But the concentration of so much media in one place is one of the problems with today’s web. Massive social networks like Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube have too much power over writers, photographers, and video creators. We do not want that for podcasts.

A Talk with the Pioneering Internet Art Collective JODI -ARTnews

“It’s almost too easy now, and too unsatisfying that you only can put your work in a community full of advertisements and full of tracking,” she said. “I think there will be this urge, on the one hand, to have a local internet of small communities, and, on the other hand, a decentralized internet again.”

“You can still make websites nowadays,” Heemskerk said. “People think it’s complex, but it isn’t —you just register your domain and make your website and that’s about it.”

July 28th, 2017

Distributed and syndicated content: what’s wrong with this picture? | Technical Architecture Group

Hadley points to the serious security concerns with AMP:

Fundamentally, we think that it’s crucial to the web ecosystem for you to understand where content comes from and for the browser to protect you from harm. We are seriously concerned about publication strategies that undermine them.

Andrew goes into more detail:

The anchor element is designed to allow one website to refer visitors to content on another website, whilst retaining all the features of the web platform. We encourage distribution platforms to use this mechanism where appropriate. We encourage the loading of pages from original source origins, rather than re-hosted, non-canonical locations.

That last sentence there? That’s what I’m talking about!

July 28th, 2016

Listening to @seb_ly geek out at @AsyncJS in @68MiddleSt.

Listening to @seb_ly geek out at @AsyncJS in @68MiddleSt.

Sushi with @tea_ivanova and @lottejackson.

Sushi with @tea_ivanova and @lottejackson.

“Monetary Jack cheese” may be my favourite menu misspelling yet.

Monetary Jack should be the name of a sleazy financial advisor.

Megnut – I’ve been thinking a lot

Sixteen years on, this still rings true.

I realized there are dot-com people and there are web people. Dot-com people work for start-ups injected with large Silicon Valley coin, they have options, they talk options, they dream options. They have IPOs. They’re richer after four months of “web” work than many web people who’ve been doing it since the beginning. They don’t have personal sites. They don’t want personal sites. They don’t get personal sites. They don’t get personal. Web people can tell you the first site they ever saw, they can tell you the moment they knew: This, This Is It, I Will Do This. And they pour themselves into the web, with stories, with designs, with pictures.

Web Design in 4 minutes

This is a wonderful way of progressively explaining the layered approach to building for the web that Charlotte was teaching in her Codebar workshop.

July 28th, 2015



Deep Time : A History of the Earth

This infographic offers a visual way to explore the various stages of the Earth’s history using a 12 hour clock analogy.

Library of Babel

This is simply wondrous! A microcosm of Borges’s story made real on the world wide web.

We do not simply generate and store books as they are requested — in fact, the storage demands would make that impossible. Every possible permutation of letters is accessible at this very moment in one of the library’s books, only awaiting its discovery.

July 28th, 2014

A Maintainable Style Guide - Ian Feather

The challenges of maintaining a living breathing front-end style guide for an always-evolving product (the Lonely Planet website in this case).

GitHub’s CSS · @mdo

Mark Otto talks through the state of Github’s CSS and the processes behind updating it. There’s a nice mix of pragmatism and best practices, together with a recognition that there’s always room for improvement.

July 28th, 2013

Inge Druckrey: Teaching to See on Vimeo

Sit back, relax, and enjoy this classic documentary on graphic design, courtesy of its producer Edward Tufte.

July 28th, 2011

Page Speed Service Home

Performance shit just got real.

You can now sign up with Google to have your site pass every request through them and get your documents served up optimised.

Lava Lamp Installation on Vimeo

Brighton hacker Jason Hotchkiss demos his music-generating lava lamps in this promo video for the Brighton Maker Faire taking place the day after dConstruct.

July 28th, 2009

Questionable Characters | Home

A beautifully presented site wherein Ben and Frank endeavour to answer your design-related questions.

July 28th, 2008

Fun (and Fraud Detection) with Benford’s Law | Data and the Web

Benford's law blows my mind. Be sure to watch the video. This is all related to network theory and power law distributions ...I'm just not sure how.


It’s been a busy week for Clearleft. I wasn’t in the office for the start of the week though; I was in up north delivering some Ajax training to the good people at the Library of the University of Liverpool. Alas, due to construction work, I didn’t have the chance to peruse the world-famous science fiction collection. I’ll just have to return to Merseyside sometime when the builders are gone.

I made it back to Brighton in time to press the proverbial button and launch the website of Silverback, the project that’s been keeping a portion of Clearleft very busy for a while now.

It’s been fascinating to watch Silverback take shape from the spark of an idea from Andy to the conflagration that is desktop software development. It’s been a learning experience for everyone involved. If you want to delve into all the details, be sure to read Garrett’s in-depth look at Silverback.

I didn’t have that much to do with the development. In fact, all I did was mark up and style the website (oh, and integrate the PayPal stuff …joy). Still, I’ve found myself caught up in the excitement of an honest-to-goodness product launch. We’ve all been tracking the feedback on Twitter and on blogs. On the whole, it seems like people really, really like it. But what’s far more important than whether people do or don’t buy this piece of software is the fact that people are talking about usability testing.

Silverback is all about usability testing — Rich has summed up exactly what Silverback does nicely. It’s a Mac app that we built to scratch our own itch. We wanted a way to be able to run usability tests quickly and cheaply.

Usability testing is one of those things that always seems to be amongst the first to get cut from projects, usually because of cost or time concerns. Maybe Silverback can help tip the balance back in favour of doing at least some usability testing even if it’s really quick’n’dirty.

I’m constantly amazed by just how far a little user-testing goes. The analysis of the results needn’t be time-consuming either. Having a handful of people try out your wireframes can lead to forehead-slapping revelations of obvious issues.

So I’m really happy that, if nothing else, Silverback will encourage more people to think about doing some quick usability tests. I guarantee that after just one round, the benefits will be so self-evident that usability testing will become indispensable.

There’s one other forthcoming release that I’m hoping will spur on the growth of usability testing. It’s not another piece of software. A little birdie tells me that Steve Krug—author of the classic Don’t Make Me Think—is writing a new book on… yup, quick and easy usability testing.

The rewards of usability testing are within reach for the price of one book and one piece of ~$50 dollar software.

July 28th, 2004

Day of the t-shirts

Yesterday the postman delivered not one, not three, but TWO t-shirts.

The t-shirt I designed for The Session looks pretty smart. I’m very pleased with the quality. The range of colours on offer enabled me to get a t-shirt with a colour that matches the background colour of the website fairly closely.

The other t-shirt is from Daring Fireball. I’m now a card-carrying, snazzy t-shirt wearing member.

two t-shirts, one yellow and one grey

July 28th, 2003


The Skillswap talk is over and I’m recovering with a drink at the Wi-Fi’d Grand Central pub (Andy Budd on one side of me, Jon Hirsch on the other).

There was a nice American chap at the talk that I got to talking to afterwards. It turned out to be Ryan from BD4D.

It turns out there’s going to be a BD4D event here in Brighton in September. Hopefully I’ll get to do a three minute madness.


I’m at the Skillswap event on PHP Objects and Patterns (mostly a sneak peak at PHP5).

My brain is full already.

Canterbury Gallery

My trip to Canterbury was a great success. Not only did I get to explore the magnificent cathedral grounds in depth, I also posted my first moblogged entry to this journal (using GPRS over Bluetooth).

Here’s a gallery of pictures from Canterbury cathedral I put together.

I also wanted to record some of the sounds of Canterbury. Specifically, I wanted to record the choir that was practicing for evensong. But on reflection, it would have been too intrusive to whip out a laptop in a church.

I had no such qualms about doing some field recording outside the church, however. At least, I didn’t until it started to rain.

Still, I managed to record the distant sound of church bells calling the faithful to service.

Sound File