This is a terrific spot-on piece by Rachel. I firmly believe that healthy competition and diversity in the browser market is vital for the health of the web (which is why I’m always saddened and frustrated to hear web developers wish for a single monocultural rendering engine).
Saturday, September 1st, 2018
Tuesday, March 20th, 2018
Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17623 for Skip Ahead - Windows Experience BlogWindows Experience Blog
Well, Microsoft really buried the lede in this announcement:
…we will begin testing a change where links clicked on within the Windows Mail app will open in Microsoft Edge…
Yup, no matter which browser you’ve chosen to set as your default, hyperlinks will be hijacked to open with Edge. This is disgusting. It feels like a return to the shitty old days of Microsoft’s strong-arm tactics, just when Microsoft were gaining trust and respect.
Saturday, October 8th, 2016
Finally! Apple are being sued for refusing to allow any non-Webkit browsers to be installed on iOS.
I’m not usually in favour of legal action but in this case, there doesn’t seem to be any other recourse.
We would be delighted at Nexedi to create a Web browser for iOS with better HTML5 support based on a recent version of Blink library for example. But as soon as we would publish it, it would be banned from Apple’s AppStore. Many developers have experienced this situation already. Many companies are being hurt by this situation. Some companies have already begged Apple to improve HTML5 support in iOS with little significant results.
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016
The 10K competition—spiritual successor to Stewart Butterfield’s 5K.org—is back. This time there’s no escape clause with web fonts or jQuery. You can lazy-load in more content after the initial 10K payload …but whatever you’re building needs to be usable in that first 10K.
Give it a go. There’s nothing like having a constraint to really get the creative juices flowing.
Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
First, the browsers competed on having proprietary crap. Then, the browsers competed on standards support. Now, finally, the browsers are competing on what they can offer their users.
Friday, February 8th, 2013
Local music shop Resident Records ran a competition to win 20 pairs of tickets to an exclusive warm-up gig by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. To be in with a chance, you had to recreate an album cover. These are the winning entries.
You’ll spot Jessica’s creation in amongst them. We’re off to see Nick Cave tonight!
Thursday, July 29th, 2010
I'll be sitting in judgement on the entries to this neat competition which harks back to the good ol' days of 5k.org.
Friday, May 21st, 2010
Use Gowalla? Want a copy of my book? Jeffrey has the details.
Saturday, June 6th, 2009
For those about to spacehack, we salute you. 2009-07-14, the Mojave desert.
Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008
A team competing in NASA's beamed power climber competitionâ€”a race to provide one of the technologies needed for building a space elevator. I doff my hat to these guys.
Monday, November 24th, 2008
The Napoleon Dynamite problem at Netflix: basement hackers and amateur mathematicians are competing to improve the program that Netflix uses to recommend DVDs â€” and to win $1 million in the process.
Tuesday, July 17th, 2007
Want tickets to dConstruct? If you're a girl geek, here's your chance.
Monday, March 19th, 2007
Manage This » Blog Archive » Helvetica documentary world premier haiku contest - The Extensis Community Blog covering Font Management, Digital Asset Management and info for Creative Professionals
Helvetica poster. It can be yours; Haiku required.
Sunday, December 3rd, 2006
Web Directions North in Vancouver is shaping up to be the conference highlight of next year. I’m extremely happy that I’ll be speaking. If it’s just half as good as its Australian predecessor it will be awesome in its rockitude.
‘Scuse my usage of words like “awesome” and “rockitude” but I’m trying to get in the mood for the aprés-conference weekend of snowboarding. Sound good? Why don’t you join me.
You’ve got a couple of options for securing a ticket (aside from the obvious option of actually buying one). If you’re quick off the mark, you can just about make the closing deadline for the competition from Digital Web magazine:
To win, submit your very own snowboard design! In the grand tradition of pro snowboarders and classic boardsmiths like Burton, Lib Tech, and Sims, we invite you to put your design skills into the most radical snowboard ever! Make it geeky, make it awesome, make it classic—whatever you want, it’s your design.
There are already some great entries. Even if you don’t win a ticket, there are tons of runner-up prizes.
The other way of earning a ticket is very cool indeed. You can participate in the Web Directions affiliate program:
Join our affiliate program and get 4 people to sign up for the conference and we’ll give you a free ticket for youself.
All you need to do is get your unique affiliate URL from us, and then you can spread the word in whatever way you think is right for you.
This is an excellent idea and something I’d like to see more conferences offer. It’s a great way to ensure that enthusiastic, passionate bloggers get to attend, regardless of their financial situation. Seeing this kind of innovation three months before the event bodes well for the conference itself.
Tuesday, November 21st, 2006
Send a six word message to Twitter prefixed with "smithmag" and you could win an iPod nano. Go on, give Earnest Hemmingway a run for his money.
Friday, March 17th, 2006
Check out the origami nazgul and alien.
Friday, March 3rd, 2006
If you take a picture of anybody at South by SouthWest, be sure to tag your picture on Flickr with stylemastersxsw. You could win an iPod nano.
Friday, January 27th, 2006
Vote on your favourite Britsh design. It's a tough call but I might plump for the Penguin paperback.