A wonderful bit of spelunking into the annals of software interfaces by Elise Blanchard.
Tuesday, August 31st, 2021
Wednesday, January 6th, 2021
This is a very thoughtful and measured response to Alex’s post Platform Adjacency Theory.
Unlike Alex, the author doesn’t fire off cheap shots.
Also, I’m really intrigued by the idea of certificate authorities for hardware APIs.
Sunday, July 1st, 2018
Monday, October 9th, 2017
I quite like the idea of broadcasting my URL from a friendchip bracelet.
Tuesday, September 13th, 2016
mozilla-magnet/magnet-client-desktop: A simple Physical Web menu-bar app for URL discovery and broadcast
This should be a lot more straightforward than process I linked to before.
Thursday, July 21st, 2016
Well, this is interesting! It turns out you can turn your laptop into a beacon for broadcasting a URL to devices that support The Physical Web.
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
An early look at the just-in-time interactions that Scott has been working on:
Nearby works like this. An enabled object broadcasts a short description of itself and a URL to devices nearby listening. Those URLs are grabbed and listed by the app, and tapping on one brings you to the object’s webpage, where you can interact with it—say, tell it to perform a task.
Thursday, February 7th, 2013
I think this is kind of brilliant.
Thursday, January 31st, 2013
Spimify your household with these bluetooth location stickers. Now you can google your shoes.
Saturday, September 24th, 2011
Scott writes up some of the things he talked about at the Breaking Development conference: the just-in-time interactions that are inevitable in a heavily-instrumented world.
Thursday, March 31st, 2011
This is why, when a child posits something ridiculous-sounding, you should encourage them.
Monday, September 3rd, 2007
Cameron's plea for social network transparency and portability is one of the most lucid and succinct yet.
Thursday, August 16th, 2007
There’s been a lot of buzz lately around a new CSS framework called Blueprint. It’s basically a collection of resources pulled together from other sources: Khoi’s grids, Richard’s vertical rhythm, Eric’s reset and more.
Some people—including contributors to the CSS—have expressed their reservations about the non-semantic class names used in the framework. That’s a valid concern but, as Simon pointed out in the comments to Mark’s post, you don’t have to restrict yourself to those class names: you can always add your own semantics to the markup.
I don’t see myself using Blueprint. It just seems too restrictive for use in a real-world project. Maybe if I’m building a grid-based layout that’s precisely 960 pixels wide it could save me some time, but I’m mostly reminded of the quote apocryphally attributed to Henry Ford about the Model T:
The customer can have any color he wants so long as it’s black.
Unless I’m creating cookie-cutter sites, I don’t think a CSS framework can help me. That said, I think a framework like Blueprint has its place.
I may be a bit of a control freak, but I’d no sooner use a CSS framework for a live site than I’d use clip art for images. I firmly believe that creating good markup is a craft that, like good design, takes time. It may seem unrealistic to some, but I don’t want to compromise that quality without a very good reason.
That’s my hard-nosed attitude when it comes to creating documents for the World Wide Web. If the documents are intended purely as wireframes for internal use, then my attitude softens considerably. Then I think a framework like Blueprint could really shine.
Sunday, August 5th, 2007
Pulling together a bunch of CSS tricks from a range of sources: reseting, baseline typography and grids (fixed width, unfortunately).
Saturday, May 19th, 2007
Wintec WBT-201 Bluetooth Data Logger GPS Receiver (Auto on/off, WAAS, Bluetooth, USB, Push to Log, Google Earth Integration with Photo) (Bonus Bottle Cap Tripod) (Your Choice of Free Mount)
I gotta get me one of these. Just think of the mashup potential!
Microformats 1:01—Exporting microformats via bluetooth
The video is one minute and one second long. It’s a quick demo of John McKerrell’s bluetooth version of the Tails plugin.
- Watch the video on YouTube.
- Watch it on Viddler.
- Here it is on Vimeo.
- Download the video from the Internet Archive.
Here’s a transcript of the 1:01 minutes of video:
This is my website. This is my mobile phone. My website has microformats. This is a version of the Tails plugin for Firefox. It exposes all the microformats I have on my website. I can convert and export those microformats as vcard, iCal, whatever I want. With this version of the plugin I can also export to bluetooth. So let’s take an event for example. I click on bluetooth. My computer asks me which device to export to. I have previously paired up my phone. So now I’m going to send the event to that device. And there we go. I have now exported from the World Wide Web onto my mobile phone. Easy!
The video is released under a Creative Commons attribution license. You are free to share, remix, caption and translate this video (as long as you provide attribution).
Monday, March 26th, 2007
Dave has made some icons — very nice ones.
Friday, December 22nd, 2006
Calculate your Web Coolness, courtesy of Cameron. Of course he couldn't resist one more jibe at me in there.
Thursday, December 14th, 2006
Dave redesigns. And before I could bash him for his wide fixed width layout, he went and added a Jeremy Keith Button® on his about page that toggles between liquid and fixed. Cheeky bugger.
Wednesday, June 7th, 2006
Cameron shares his thoughts on Ajax, Hijax, libraries and having fun.