Archive for October 2013

famo.us 2D template demonstration

Famo.us is similar to Twitter Bootstrap, but instead of being a framework for building websites, it’s a framework for building apps in 2D (like normal apps) or 3D. The big thing famo.us solves is PERFORMANCE for web app development.

via famo.us 2D template demonstration – YouTube.

some very cool things happening here and very curious to see what comes out of this.. they have the chops to pull it off… some FAQ answered here

Google Has Gone ‘Dark’

And they’re angry, because the data that has been switched off is the “organic” search data, not the paid search data generated when people click on search ads. In other words, the only data Google is now providing about exactly what words generate incoming traffic is for people who pay to advertise on Google.

via Google Has Gone ‘Dark’: The Search Giant Just Ended A Bunch Of Free Data And People Are Freaking Out – Yahoo Finance.

I’m surprised more is not being made about this.. this is a major shift in what Google is doing and it is truly and obviously a business decision to force people into supporting their falling off ad business and not a security issue like they are claiming.

Rudderless Microsoft

I’m a little surprised at the relative lack of concern over the fact that Microsoft is effectively leaderless right now. Part of this is because so many thought it was time for Balmer to go. But think of the amount of virtual ink that has been spilled pondering the oh-so-concerning “news” that Tim Cook (are you sitting down?) is not, in fact, Steve Jobs.

Meanwhile, Microsoft doesn’t even have a CEO.

via Rudderless Microsoft « John Moltz’s Very Nice Web Site.

Uh-oh people are starting to notice.. Don’t look at the man behind the curtain!

also a reference in the article to the quote that taught me to never ever listen to anything Gartner or pretty much any other analyst has to say, a strategy which has done very well for me.

Increasing component costs and pressure to cut its prices mean Apple’s best bet for long-term success is to quit the hardware business and license the Mac to Dell, analyst firm Gartner claimed on Tuesday.

Same Old Amazon: All Sales, No Profit

Now we have a fresh example of this living, breathing corporate contradiction. Amazon just posted a healthy $17.09 billion in net sales during its third quarter, a 24 percent jump compared with the same period a year ago. But the company lost 9¢ per share. This is what amounts for good news to Amazon shareholders: Analysts had predicted sales of $16.77 billion and accurately predicted that 9¢ loss.

Naturally, shares rose about 1.5 percent in after-hours trading.

via Same Old Amazon: All Sales, No Profit – Businessweek.

the Teflon Don of the Stock Market

Long Press in Android’s App Picker to Jump to App Info

Android: The app picker in Android has always been one of the best features, allowing you to choose which app you want to use to accomplish a certain task. A hidden feature, though (at least in newer versions of Android) allows you to long press an app to jump to App Info.

via Long Press Apps in Android’s App Picker to Jump to App Info.

Cool.. never knew this

Historical Software Collection : Free Software

This collection contains selected historically important software packages from the Internet Archive’s software archives. Through the use of in-browser emulators, it is possible to try out these items and experiment with using them, without the additional burdens of installing emulator software or tracking down the programs. Many of these software products were the first of their kind, or utilized features and approaches that have been copied or recreated on many programs since. (historic software, vintage software, antique software)

via Historical Software Collection : Free Software : Download & Streaming : Internet Archive.

Dang i’m old! I remember too many of these

Internet Plus: Comcast Offers HBO Without Basic Cable

The nation’s No. 1 cable operator confirmed that it has launched trial offer of “Internet Plus,” which includes broadcast TV, video-on-demand, HBO (and HBO Go) and 20- or 25-Mbps broadband. Subscribers also get access to Streampix, Comcast’s Netflix-style multiscreen VOD service.

The bundle is priced at $39.99 or $49.99 per month for 12 months (depending on market), which is $15 less than the starting price for bundles with Comcast’s expanded basic cable lineups. The price goes up to $69.95 or $79.95 monthly after the first year. The limited-time is being promoted across Comcast’s footprint to new residential customers, but may not be available in certain areas.

via Internet Plus: Comcast Offers HBO Without Basic Cable | Variety.

Yes!!! More of this

You won’t fix the latest MacBook Pro yourself

iFixit also warns to stock up on RAM at the time of purchase, because the memory units are soldered to the motherboard. Users have “no chance” of upgrading the RAM on the 2013 MacBook Pro, iFixit says.

via No surprise here: Teardown reveals you won’t fix the latest MacBook Pro yourself | Macworld.

Unfortunately, the thinner & lighter they make them, the more difficult and expensive repairs become.

Snap.svg

Snap.svg is a brand new JavaScript library for working with SVG. Snap provides web developers with a clean, streamlined, intuitive, and powerful API for animating and manipulating both existing SVG content, and SVG content generated with Snap.

Currently, the most popular library for working with SVG is Raphaël. One of the primary reasons Raphaël became the de facto standard is that it supports browsers all the way back to IE 6. However, supporting so many browsers means only being able to implement a common subset of SVG features. Snap was written entirely from scratch by the author of Raphaël (Dmitry Baranovskiy), and is designed specifically for modern browsers (IE9 and up, Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and Opera). Targeting more modern browsers means that Snap can support features like masking, clipping, patterns, full gradients, groups, and more.

via Snap.svg – Why Snap.

Mail in Mavericks Changes the Gmail Equation

However, it seems Apple didn’t entirely think through the implications. Most seriously, with All Mail enabled, Mail periodically gets into a state in which, according to the Activity panel (choose Window > Activity), it’s synchronizing my Gmail Archive (that is, All Mail) and updating the cache directory for my Gmail account. That’s all well and good as long as it happens in the background. But when one of these syncing fits starts, changes to messages in my Inbox made in other clients or on the Gmail Web site aren’t reflected in Mail. Not even if I quit and restart Mail, or rebuild the Inbox, or force a synchronization! There appears to be nothing I can do but wait, and sometimes that wait is hours. Worse yet, sometimes the syncing ends — Mail’s Activity panel shows zero activity — and still my Inbox is out of sync for a long time. (For example, as I write this, Gmail shows I have no unread messages in my Inbox, but Mail shows 10, including some I filed more than two hours ago.) It’s not like this happens all the time; sometimes Mail syncs up with Gmail instantly, as it should. But this is the behavior that makes me truly crazy — if I have to keep Gmail open in a Web browser to make sure I’m getting all my messages, I might as well not be running Mail at all.

via TidBITS: Mail in Mavericks Changes the Gmail Equation.

I’ve started to notice this as well since i installed yesterday