An excellent tale of performance optimisation …complete with a coda on looking behind the numbers when it comes to analytics data.
Monday, December 31st, 2012
Investigating the options for off-world backups.
Data is only as safe as the planet it sits on. It only takes one rock, not too big, not moving that fast, to hit the Earth at a certain angle and: WHAM! Most living species are done for.
How the hell is your Twitter archive supposed to survive that?
Sunday, December 30th, 2012
A fascinating blog documenting the secrecy around nuclear weaponry, past and present, by Alex Wellerstein of the American Institue of Physics.
Thursday, December 27th, 2012
Here’s a treasure trove of web history: an archive of the www-talk list dating back to 1991. Watch as HTML gets hammered out by a small group of early implementors: Tim Berners-Lee, Dave Raggett, Marc Andreessen, Dan Connolly…
Saturday, December 22nd, 2012
An ever-timely call-to-arms from Eric:
Sir Tim Berners-Lee envisioned the web as open and accessible for everyone, no matter where they comes from, what speed their connection is, how capable their browsers are or how good their eyes or hands or both work. I feel proud every day to make that vision reality, and it is the job of web developers to make it a reality.
He’s right. We have tremendous power and privilege, and correspondingly tremendous responsibility.
The best review of The Hobbit.
Friday, December 21st, 2012
Eight of Jan White’s excellent books on graphic design are now available for free online, licensed under CC0 …they’re in the public domain now.
All he asks in return is that you might buy one of his books still in print, and maybe make a donation to the Internet Archive.
Jan V. White is a mensch.
Excellent journalism combined with excellent art direction into something that feels just right for the medium of the web.
Wednesday, December 19th, 2012
This might well be the best thing Wired has ever published. I wish every article were in this format.
Why you should say HTML classes, CSS class selectors, or CSS pseudo-classes, but not CSS classes - Tantek
I love that Tantek is as pedantic as I am …although I don’t think “pedantic” is exactly the right word.
Beautiful thoughtful work from the BERGians.
A well-reasoned argument for tackling image optimisation on the server, using content-type negotiation.
Tuesday, December 18th, 2012
A short film about interaction design.
This is simply wonderful! Get all of your This Is My Jam songs condensed down into one mix.
Here are all my song choices from 2012 compressed into three minutes. I love it!
Monday, December 17th, 2012
A really nice interactive timeline of data from ten years of scrobbling music to Last.fm.
The slides and audio from Andy’s exceptional talk earlier this year at Southby, combined into one video.
It really is excellent, although he does make the mistake of pulling the “dogma” card on those who woud disagree with him, and he really doesn’t need to: his argument is strong enough to stand on its own.
Saturday, December 15th, 2012
VC funding that actually makes sense, from the always-sensible Maciej Cegłowski.
Friday, December 14th, 2012
Tantek has put together a wiki page to document the arguments for and against adding a new “main” element to HTML.
Thursday, December 13th, 2012
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.
In a very mundane take on the cliché of a climactic showdown, I’ll be having a chat with Paul Boag at the top of Spinnaker Tower in February. Come on by if you’re in the neighbourhood.
Tuesday, December 11th, 2012
A great breakdown of mobile traffic to The Guardian website over time.
Monday, December 10th, 2012
The best “Mobile First” strategy is an “API First” strategy:
“Mobile first” companies really are just a front end selection accessing a solid API driven backend infrastructure.
I think Luke would agree. He built a command line interface for Bagcheck, for example, before there was even a UI—mobile or otherwise.
Sunday, December 9th, 2012
Gorgeous pictures from the Suomi satellite, just released by NASA
A part-time postman documents all the cats he meets on his round:
Includes long haired mogs, short haired mogs, lazy mogs, active mogs, bashful mogs, brash mogs, brushed mogs, grand mogs, great mogs, wee mogs, twee mogs, affable mogs, unsociable mogs, mean mogs, clean mogs, smelly mogs, incarcerated mogs, liberated mogs, liberal mogs, loud mogs and quiet mogs.
An excerpt from Mark’s forthcoming book, which promises to be magnificent.
Code Club + Raspberry Pi + Hack Day = Awesomeness from Josh
On Open Platforms, Wifi, Home Automation, and Kitty Litter | John Battelle’s Search BlogJohn Battelle’s Search Blog
This echoes Scott Jenson’s call for more open standards when it comes to networked devices. We’ll need it if we want “If This, Then That” for an internet of things.
A handy step-by-step guide to scraping HTML to get data out. Useful for services (—cough—Twitter—cough—) that keep changing the rules of their API use.
Saturday, December 8th, 2012
A really nice explanation by Todd Kloots of Twitter’s use of progressive enhancement with Ajax and the HTML5 History API. There’s even a shout for Hijax in there.
Friday, December 7th, 2012
Ethan’s excellent talk from last year’s An Event Apart.
In this session Ethan reviews strategies for handling trickier elements that would make even the most seasoned designer quail: stuff like advertising, complex layouts, deep navigation patterns, third-party media, and, yes, actual, honest-to-goodness content.
Here’s an interview I did during the Smashing conference in Freiburg.
Beauteous and true.
Real design is political.
Wednesday, December 5th, 2012
I am giddy with excitement at the prospect of a new Shane Carruth film:
A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism.
Don’t do it. Don’t click that button just one more time. Don’t.
Monday, December 3rd, 2012
All the talks from this year’s excellent Full Frontal conference in Brighton, available in audio form for your huffduffing pleasure.
Saturday, December 1st, 2012
This makes me so happy! Matt is using Huffduffer. Specifically, Matt is using Huffduffer together with Instacast and this is how he’s doing it.