Marco is spot on here. The New York Times article he’s responding to is filled with a weird Stockholm syndrome—the one bit of the web that’s still free of invasive tracking and surveillance is where they wish a centralised power (like Apple) would come in and lock down. Madness!
Ted has snuck a blog post out from behind Apple’s wall of silence, and it’s good news: WebKit is not going to use vendor prefixes for new features.
While many challenges remain, the good news is … it’s progressive. Developers can already see the benefits by sprinkling in these technologies to their existing websites and proceed to build on them as browsers and operating systems increase support.
Paul compares publishing on the web to publish on proprietary platforms, and concludes that things aren’t looking great right now.
Performance is the number one selling point for each of these new content platforms.
Incredibly, you have to manually download and run this patch for Shellshock on OS X: it’s not being pushed as a security update.
But the new U2 album? That’s being pushed to everyone.
This is absolutely delightful, nicely weird, and thoroughly entertaining.
Paris Review – “One Murder Is Statistically Utterly Unimportant”: A Conversation with Warren Ellis, Molly Crabapple
Molly Crabapple interviews Warren Ellis. Fun and interesting …much like Molly Crabapple and Warren Ellis.
An interesting observation on the changes in Apple’s advertising campaigns: it’s no longer about “here’s how great you (the user) can be”, instead it’s increasingly about “here’s how great we (the company) can be.”
A good history lesson in rendering engines: KHTML, WebKit, and now, Blink.
There is an elephant in the Microsoft store.
A good overview of making Huffduffer play nicely with podcasting software on iOS.
Huffduffer is a niche tool that, for me, solves a recurring problem. I can now save episodes from any device without having to subscribe to an entire show if I’m just interested in a a single episode.
Well, this is quite something. Matt will be interviewing the creators of Bloom in London this Friday. You might have heard of that Eno chap.
Wow. This might be the stupidest behaviour from a browser that I’ve ever come across: mobile Safari behaves differently depending on the top level domain of the site! Madness!
Mind you… it’s kind of poetic justice for having a ridonkulous .mobi domain in the first place.
A nice visualisation of Apple’s transition From desktop to mobile over ten years, one Daring Fireball article at a time.
Oh, and happy birthday, Daring Fireball.
When Art, Apple and the Secret Service Collide: ‘People Staring at Computers’ | Threat Level | Wired.com
A good long read that tells the story behind an art piece that used the built-in cameras on Macs in the Apple Store, and the subsequent visit from the Secret Service.
A spot-on analysis by Khoi of the changing perception of the value in product design, as exemplified by Apple.
If you make inaccessible iOS apps, you really only have yourself to blame.
There are also some handy tips here for getting to know VoiceOver.
Wallow in nerd nostalgia and experience the Proustian rush of rebooting old operating systems.
Everyone has their bullshit. You can simply decide whose you’re willing to tolerate.
An excellent article that examines the supposed benefits of publishing through someone else’s app store instead of the web.
John pushes back against the idea that browser innovation is moving too slow.
A handy little applescript that takes care of the automation of creating localhost sites on the mac.
What a difference an autocorrect makes.
Leonard has some handy tips for protecting yourself against Firesheep and its ilk.
John Allsopp calls bullshit on the notion that native apps are intrinsically better than web apps. I concur.
An emotionally affecting endorsement of the accessibility features on the iPhone.
Adam Greenfield is spot-on here, dismantling Apple's "imitate real world objects" design guideline for iPhone and iPad apps.
Paul doesn't need an iPad. Neither do I. Neither do you. Paul is spending his money elsewhere.
Charles Stross peers into his dilithium crystal ball and tells tales of the future as decided by Apple.
A self-documenting explanation of why John Gruber doesn't have comments on his site.
Cute covers for Macbooks to give them that bookish look.
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.
A detailed document from Apple on their products' total carbon footprint.
A hands-on account of the new accessibility features in the iPhone. Sounds like a great experience.
Neil explains how you can have your Safari cake and eat it.
Bean is a free word processor for OS X. Looks nice and simple.
This guy is sooooo busted.
Apple have gathered all their resources about accessibility into one handy site. I sense the work of James Craig.
Sometimes Apple gets it wrong and Microsoft gets it right. That's certainly the case for users with low-vision.
Apple admit that they totally screwed up the roll-out of MobileMe and offer a 30 day extension for free. Now if only it were as easy to make up for the craptastic markup underlying the web-based MobileMe apps.
Garrett's in-depth look at Silverback, the Mac app that we've been cooking up at Clearleft.
A handy Mac app from Google that allows you to record from your iSight and upload directly to YouTube.
The asking price of $49 for all these apps together is a bargain. CSSEdit alone is easily worth that much.
A step-by-step guide to hacking your iPod Touch even if you've already upgraded to the new firmware.
If you want to install the beta of Firefox 3 on OS X but you still want to keep a copy of Firefox 2, John will show you how.
A comprehensive list of all the CSS properties supported in Safari including "a number of properties that are not supported for developer use."
Chris mocks up an interface idea for Apple.
Looks like Apple are trying to redefine the term "web app" to mean sites created for the iPhone. The revisionism is completely barefaced.
An interesting product designed to catch the thieves after your Macbook gets stolen.
Early adopters of the iPhone now get a $100 of Apple Store credit. Nice bit of customer management.
Peter Merholz takes a trip down memory lane with pictures from the first Mac user manual.
A profile on Apple.com of Flash designer par excellénce, Josh Davis.
Apple Developer Connection - iPhone for Web Developers - Optimizing Web Applications and Content for iPhone
Straight from the horse's mouth, advice for web developers on how the iPhone's browser renders pages. I'm very intrigued to find out how it handles liquid designs with no set min-width.
David Pogue gets down and dirty with the iPhone. The good: "It feels amazing in your hand." The bad: "Typing is difficult."
Got Safari? Try resizing this page.
Apple's variant of Myriad has a very nice "ff" ligature.
A dashboard widget for Twitter courtesy of Ben Ward.
There's a new Apple reseller in the heart of Brighton. Very handy.
How to set up iChat to use your Gmail address for a Jabber account (useful for Twitter). I set this up a while back but recently a few people have been asking about this.
Apple are chasing companies that use the word "podcast", even though they have no claim to that word. Asshats.
Jonathon has found some circumstantial evidence of an API for searching the iTunes music store. That could be really interesting. It might be fun to mash it up with Amazon's API.
He has decided to prove that he can walk to Cork -- the location of the nearest Apple repair center -- faster than Apple can arrange for the pickup of his broken Mac.
Ridley Scott's seminal superbowl ad for Apple... in Lego.
Jon's mock-ups of how microformat detection and display might work in Safari are spot on. It would be so cool if this idea was picked up by browser developers.
Use your Mac laptop's motion sensor to get lightsaber sound effects.
The successor to the iBook is here and it looks sweet.
Best. Help menu. Ever.
This is priceless... but my iPod feels somehow dirty now.
Google Earth is now available for the Mac. Get downloading.
A man risks his life for his iPod.
Jonathan Ive is getting a CBE.
There's a page on the Apple website devoted to Mac mini mods, including one in a Millennium Falcon casing.
You can skin Adium using just XHTML and CSS. Who knew?
Cute baby wear for geek parents.
The fascinating story of an application built by ex-employees sneaking into Apple.
A nice app for browsing and buying audiobooks - but why isn't it a website?
A nifty app for OS X that allows you to browse your iTunes music by album cover.
Clever. This gives me a warm tingly feeling.
This excellent little plug-in allows you to search your Del.icio.us links from Spotlight.
Weep not, Ethan! SVG lives... possibly in Safari and Dashboard.
Scroll down to the end - Apple are offering a command line tool for adding chapters to podcasts. You can also add images which will show up in the artwork window of iTunes.
Coolest use of Automater ever. Send an SMS form your phone to your POP account and your Mac will call you back over Skype to play you an MP3.
A handy little AppleScript by Tantek that turns your iChat buddy list into an XHTML file with an unordered list of hCards.