This is absolutely delightful, nicely weird, and thoroughly entertaining.
Thursday, October 31st, 2013
Tuesday, October 29th, 2013
From the lovely people behind Editorially comes STET:
A Writers’ Journal on Culture & Technology
I’m going to miss having Paul around at Clearleft …and it sounds like he’s going to miss us too.
In many respects, Clearleft can be regarded as a family. Andy and Rich are the parents while perhaps Jeremy is the fun uncle sending postcards from his adventures around the world.
By the way, we’re hiring (two roles, because that’s what it’ll take to fill Paul’s unicorn shoes).
Monday, October 28th, 2013
Dan Bricklin—co-creator of the original VisiCalc spreadsheet—turns his attention to responsive design, specifically for input-centric tasks.
Monday, October 21st, 2013
Sunday, October 20th, 2013
Rachel talks about some of the old-fashioned technologies and business practices driving Perch.
This reminds of a talk by Marco Arment at Webstock a few years back when he described the advantages of not using cutting-edge technologies: most of the time, “boring” well-established technologies are simply more stable.
The case may be a little overstated, but I agree with the sentiment of this. The web is always playing catch-up to something. For a while, it was Flash; now it’s native.
Flash was a great stopgap measure. But it outlived its usefulness and has been reduced to niche status.
Today, we’re seeing the nearly exact same scenario with native apps on mobile devices.
Native mobile apps are a temporary solution. We’re just over 4 years into the Appstore era and this has already become apparent. Open web technologies are catching up to the point that the vast majority of web apps no longer need a native counterpart.
Saturday, October 19th, 2013
A love letter to HTML, prompted by the line-mode browser hack event at CERN.
Wednesday, October 16th, 2013
Henri gives an overview of the DRM-style encryption proposed for HTML. It’s a very balanced unbiased description, but if you have the slightest concern about security, sentences like this should give you the heebie-jeebies:
Monday, October 14th, 2013
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Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
Dan gives some insight into what it took to make his personal site responsive. Stay tuned: there’ll be more of this.
Monday, October 7th, 2013
This is the worst idea for a W3C community group ever. Come to think of it, it’s the worst idea for an idea ever.
Saturday, October 5th, 2013
This gives me a warm fuzzy glow. The Mefites are using Radio Free Earth to find out which stars are receiving the number one hits from their birthdays.
Thursday, October 3rd, 2013
This is a great explanatory piece from James Bridle in conjunction with Mozilla’s Webmaker. It’s intended for a younger audience, but its clear description of how web requests are resolved is pitch-perfect primer for anyone.
The web isn’t magic. It’s not some faraway place we just ‘connect’ to, but a vast and complex system of computers, connected by actual wires under the ground and the oceans. Every time you open a website, you’re visiting a place where that data is stored.
Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013
Wonderful photos from Science Hack Day San Francisco, courtesy of Matt B.