A report on the growing trend of banning laptops from meetings. We never have laptops at the Clearleft Monday morning meetings but it wasn't a policy: it's just common sense/courtesy.
Archive: March, 2008
Monday, March 31st, 2008
Live in San Diego? Interested in web standards? Come along tomorrow to the inaugural San Diego Web Standards Group meetup. You won't regret it.
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.
Worst. Business Idea. Ever. A CD of office sounds so that homeworkers can impress clients on the phone with the sounds of industriousness. "Instant credibility for home businesses!"
A handy little RESTful ping service to answer the eternal question: "is it just me or is my site really down?"
Friday, March 28th, 2008
David has no sense of humour.
A great narrative by Peter Nixey detailing the ups and downs of launching a web app (Clickpass in this case).
Andrew gave a peak under the skirts of The New York Times in his presentation at the Web Apps Summit. Here's a list of the demos he showed.
Thursday, March 27th, 2008
This looks like it could be a fun simple little service: upload MP3s to make an online mix tape ...that's it.
Not all communities are created equal. The web needs Metafiltering and less YouTubing.
Monday, March 24th, 2008
Quotably offers a nice well-ordered interface onto Twitter conversations.
A holding page for Malarkey's upcoming series of workshops. Add you name if your interested.
Here's a very handy CSS technique for floating a group of objects edge to edge. I've been in this situation quite a few times in the past.
Here's another CSS framework for grids. It could prove to be very useful for wireframing.
Saturday, March 22nd, 2008
Documenting typographical abuse, specifically when single primes are used instead of apostrophes.
Friday, March 21st, 2008
Intrepid adventurer Ben Saunders is off again. This time he aims to to set a new world speed record from Ward Hunt Island to the Geographic North Pole. He is armed with a beautiful website courtesy of Colly and the lads at Erskine.
I know it's childish but I think this may be my favourite 404 page ever.
Dan Hon's very extensive notes from Alex Wright's great talk at South by Southwest, The Web That Wasn't.
The story of Professor Myers' foiled attempt to see the creationist propaganda movie, Expelled.
Wednesday, March 19th, 2008
The first of the We Tell Stories series is online. It's a clever piece of storytelling using Google Maps to full effect.
Translation From MS-Speak to English of Selected Portions of Joel Spolsky’s “Martian Headsets” [dive into mark]
Mark Pilgrim fisks Joel Spolsky. He's not greedy either: there's still plenty of straw men left in Spolsky's screed for the rest of us to skewer.
Quite a few people got sick after South by Southwest. There seems to be some kind of virus going around. Inevitably, the virus now has a Twitter account.
Tuesday, March 18th, 2008
Aral points to what is possibly the most egregious password anti-pattern implementation yet: a new startup called Spokeo http://www.spokeo.com/public/join
George Clooney watches '2 Girls, 1 Cup': "Clooney puts his hand over his mouth like he's going to throw up. He bolts from his chair and walks out of the room."
Monday, March 17th, 2008
Tony Haile—erstwhile traveling companion to Ben Saunders—has started a new project called Chi.mp which already has Josh Porter and Brian Oberkirch on board. Here's the accompanying blog.
Revenge is a dish best served pink.
Sunday, March 16th, 2008
This was the best part of the best presentation at South by Southwest this year: Merlin Mann gives his spiel during Andy Baio's "Worst website ever."
oh hai. paper cat is paper. i can haz ceiling cat?
Plants that Twitter when they need to be watered | Geek Gestalt - A blog by Daniel Terdiman - CNET News.com
Check out this cool arduino project: input from the moisture level of a plant sends an SMS to Twitter so you know it needs to be watered.
A recap of an excellent presentation at BarCamp Brighton 2 on data visualisation.
Aleks pointed me to this sort-of ARG involving authors in London. Could be good fun.
Liveblogged notes from a discussion I participated in at BarCamp Brighton 2 about Social Network Portability.
Saturday, March 15th, 2008
Yahoo is now actively indexing microformats. You are now permitted to throw your hat into the air and cry "Hurrah!"
kottke.org is 10. Many happy returns, Jason.
Friday, March 14th, 2008
This is pretty freakin' awesome: an accessible interface onto Second Life.
A cautionary tale that explains just why the password anti-pattern needs to die. Coding horror indeed: in this case, 1,777 GMail accounts were compromised.
A nice summary of the technologies presented at my SXSW panel.
A short video Q&A I did with New Riders. The camera does not flatter.
A brilliant piece of mindhacking for a good cause. Take the test for yourself and see if you can figure out where it's all leading.
Saturday, March 8th, 2008
Here's the first initiative from the WaSP Street Team: labeling outdated webdev books in libraries as hazardous material.
Monday, March 3rd, 2008
Praise Jeebus! The IE team are doing the right thing regarding the default behaviour of version targeting in IE8. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
An iPhone-optimised schedule for South by Southwest.
Another "barnacle app" built on Twitter: answer a question, view the results. Cute.
An open source project for parsing hCards to add to sign-up forms.
Look what Taylor made: a handy schedule of everything going on at South By Southwest. Smart kid.
I've seen plenty of engagement announcements but I believe this may be the first ever proposal via Twitter. She said "yes".