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HTML AppCache and WordPress

In issue #350 of A List Apart Jake Archibald writes a great article about the HTML AppCache. Yes, the article is long. Your reptile brain will scream TO LONG! WATCH YOUTUBE VIDEOS INSTEAD!! but don’t listen to it. If you do any kind of web development, you should read the article. AppCache can really be […]

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The purpose of a critic

I believe a good critic is a teacher. He doesn’t have the answers, but he can be an example of the process of finding your own answers. He can notice things, explain them, place them in any number of contexts, ponder why some "work" and others never could.1

This quote is from film critic Roger Ebert and to me it perfectly explains what a critic should strive to be, and why.

I found the quote via The Ihnatko Almanac, another one of the many great shows on the 5by5 podcast network. It is hosted by Andy Ihnatko, who I’d managed to never heard of before Ihnatko Almanac launched. If you haven’t either, head over to Andy Ihnatko’s Celestial Waste of Bandwidth, or start listing to the podcast to get to know him.

Ihnatko is an interesting part of the 5by5 Network because he tends to be very humble, in a way that my other favorite hosts (John Siracusa and Marco Arment) are not. He seems more thoughtful, less focused on being right and more open-minded. Siracusa’s show Hypercritical is still my favorite podcast, but Ihnatko Almanac is a welcome contrast.

Happy Birthday WordPress

Happy Birthday WordPress

YouTube, H.264, WebM and Flash

(Or, how YouTube managed to turn my MacBook Pro into a vacuum cleaner.) So apparently Safari without flash misses the old vacuum cleaner mode so much that it now randomly does it for mp3 and mp4 content. 🙁 1 That quote is from my, via twitter, a few weeks ago. I had started noticing that […]

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How does different browsers handle media queries and assets downloading?

Tim Kadlec has compiled the result of his research into Media Queries and assets handling. My only question is, why doesn’t he use the ”Mobile First” approach that seems to be the preferred way these days?

Bye bye Draw Something

Until recently, the Pictionary-like game had only run spammy banner ads in its free mobile app that, including the paid no-ads version, has amassed a staggering 50 million downloads in five months. Now, with a direct-sales force that’s been on the ground for a whole eight weeks, Draw Something is inserting advertisers’ paid terms into the game for players to literally draw brands.

Here’s how the game works: Pick a word from a list of three, then create a drawing so a Facebook friend can guess that word and you can win points. For the ad product, imagine inserting words like "Doritos" or "Coca-Cola" in among "golfer," "bikini" or "fireworks."1

I played Draw Something quite intensely for a few days some time ago, but it’s been lying dormant on the springboard since then. Now this news definitely makes me feel that me and Draw Something is not a suitable match.

The only question is whether I should just delete the app or launch it one last time to attempt to remove my account.

Macworld demonstrates some workflows with Launchbar

Coincidentally, Macworld published two screencasts titled ”Be More Productive with LaunchBar” while I was writing my post on what Alfred is and why you should use it. So if my post got your attention, but you want to check out alternatives to Alfred. you should definitely spend a couple of minutes watching these.

Alfred – what it is, why you should use it and a useful php development workflow

For a long time I questioned the purpose and need of dedicated application launchers1 in Mac OS X. ”The dock is fine”, I always thought. Especially after the release of Leopard which allowed me to put folders in the dock. Using this technique I put the entire Applications Folder in the dock and used it […]

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Make iOS apps using Ruby

Unlock the power of Ruby for iOS

RubyMotion is a revolutionary toolchain for iOS. It lets you quickly develop and test native iOS applications for iPhone or iPad, all using the awesome Ruby language you know and love.1

This seems really interesting. The idea of learning Ruby suddenly became a whole lot more appealing.2