Here’s a wonderful quote from John Kolko of Frog Design. John is sharing thoughts about the transition from old, traditional media to the highly specialized digital world of today:
Our memories are crafted by experiences, and the richest experiences I recall have a multisensory and substantially real – physical – foundation. Until the niche style bloggers can find a way to offer this resonate physical quality, I can’t see it offering the same richness of the old media. Even in a customized, personalized, and direct way, digital news reporting still lacks the human quality of the analog.
Very sweet JQuery plugin that supports simple gestures. As the world goes more tablet, this stuff will become more relevant.
The NY Times app for the iPhone has sucked since it came out. It was slow, buggy and crashed a lot. The new version 2.0 is a big improvement. It’s faster and more reliable. It even has some new features. Nice job!
Readability, the bookmarklet that everyone loves (or hates) has just been updated. The main focus of this update is effectiveness.
The mad scientists at the Arc90 lab have just updated Readability to make it even more diabolically effective. Details on the update are available here. No re-install is required if you’re already using it. It just gets automatically better (like wine).
I was about to sit down and put together a nice Photoshop template for creating iPhone wallpapers. Then I realized that everything has already been done on the Internet. No complaints here. Nice work.
I’ve pointed to color scheme makers before but this is completely badass (well, as badass as a color scheme tool is going to be). Color Scheme Designer let’s you mess around with color schemes, try them on a mockup Web page and then export the CSS. Many options. Really impressive.
I am a hypocrite.
First I share with the world that I hate all Mac users. One year later, I cave in and buy a Macbook Pro. Around the same time I picked up my beloved Macbook Pro (and simultaneously began hating myself), I said this about Twitter:
[Twitter is] inherently evil. It combines two things I despise: unnecessary noise and people who need to be acknowledged every three minutes. It’s as if we didn’t exist unless we twittered.
Bzzzt! Wrong again. Follow me on Twitter.
My goal is to condense insights into a highly-concentrated, fully pasteurized 140 characters. I’ll use it sparingly and wisely. And for now, I will use it with just a tinge of shame.
Above all else, I want to learn more about it. It’s proving to be a great way to make “announcements” around your company or product. RSS was supposed to do this but it never stuck. It also seems to be a great way to get a question answered. And last but not least, there’s Twitter search, which seems to have mind-blowing potential.
I’m wary of fads and trends. I’m also very wary of speaking to the same ol’ technically inclined audience and getting stuck there. I’m also fairly certain (nearly 100% certain) that you don’t care to know what I had for breakfast.
Readability, our sinister plan for world domination (or a humble attempt to make reading easier on the Web, depending on your perspective) really took off this week. Thanks to the nods from the blogging elite ( Swiss Miss, Lifehacker, Kottke, Daring Fireball and ReadWriteWeb among many others pointed the way) the bookmarklet has been hit nearly 100,000 times (and counting). Pretty insane.
The inherently evil Readability bookmarklet is now on Google Code. Mangle it. Rewrite it. Add to it. Host it yourself. Licensed under Apache License 2.0.