Archive for November 2013

Airmail – The eMail client I didn’t know I was missing

“Lightning fast mail client for OSX. Email like you want to be”

via Airmail.

Seeing as how Apple is unable to fix their email client (which i used to love) I was forced to try another email client. And a coworker showed me Airmail. I was skeptical at first, but for $1.99 figured worth a shot and reviews were all very positive. Boy am I glad I did. Even if apple ever fixes their mail client, not sure if I’m switching back, so many cool little features tucked into this app. And I love the picture badges.

The state of HTML email and CSS

The Campaign Monitor guys did a great breakdown of css support here:

All I have to say is Google you should be ashamed of yourselves at not allowing style tag in the head, in this case you are the problem for most of the crappy email code workarounds.

And Microsoft.. seriously even Outlook 2013 is missing background-image and padding support?

The Ink Framework that the ZURB guys rolled up seems to be one of the only automated ways of dealing with the frankenstein of support, but alas like most frameworks tends to be overly complicated to deal with and debug when things don’t show like they should.

The best approach for now seems to be aware of the CSS support from the link above and don’t use non-supported styles. Write all your css in the style tag in the head.. do your media queries there as well to support some responsive make sure those use the !important tag… then run it through ZURB’s Inliner to move the styles down to be inline on the html tags directly (for gmail support)

TinyPNG – Compress PNG images

What does TinyPNG do?

TinyPNG uses smart lossy compression techniques to reduce the file size of your PNG files. By selectively decreasing the number of colours in the image, fewer bytes are required to store the data. The effect is nearly invisible but it makes a very large difference in file size!

via TinyPNG – Compress PNG images while preserving transparency.

Tresorit now on all Devices (Dropbox Alternative)

Mac, Windows, Android, iOS

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Like DropBox but security built in.

Why I’ve all but given up on Windows

My experience of Windows on tablets closely resembles that of my ZDNet colleague James Kendrick. Bottom line, they let me down too much to want to bother with them. Why would I trade a reliable iPad or Android tablet for an unreliable Windows 8.1 tablet? Why trade a tablet that just works for one that regularly sends me on quests, roaming the Internet looking for the right elixir to fix the system?

Any hopes I had that x86 versions of Windows would be more stable on tablets have gone. In fact, in my experience, the user experience is worse. Sure, most of the time the problem comes down to a rogue drivers or a configuration thrown out of whack, but a problem is still a problem, and these are problems I don’t experience with iOS or Android.

Bill Gates was right, there was a market for tablets. Unfortunately, most of those tablets would be powered by operating systems made by Apple and Google. But then, Apple and Google didn’t try to shoehorn a desktop operating system onto tablets.

Windows RT is certainly a better choice for tablets, but that’s because what you have is the illusion of Windows, rather than the real thing. If Windows RT had come out at around the same time as the iPad, and the software ecosystem matured at the same pace, then Windows RT would be a real contender, but as it stands right now there’s little reason to choose it over iOS or Android.

via Why I’ve all but given up on Windows | ZDNet.

Dead On..

Adobe Replacement Tools

I’ve been replacing some tools in my arsenal that was previously handled by the Adobe Creative Suite, mainly due to the cost and licensing approach Adobe has decided to pursue.

Sketch ($49.99) – InDesign, Fireworks Replacement. Layout and Vector Tool, I can’t say enough good things about this and how far it has improved in this last year. I have been happily using it for all my Mobile, Website, App design layouts as of late.

Some 3rd party support for this too

Pixelmator ($29.99) – Photoshop Replacement. If it had a true history pane it would be totally PS killer.

iDraw ($24.99) – Illustrator Replacement

OmniGraffle ($99.99) – Visio Replacement. Ok technically not an Adobe product but sometimes you need this tool to make Wireframes and Document Diagrams and figured I’d throw it in since I use it in the same capacities quite often.

New IE Zero-Day Used in Watering Hole Attack Targets Memory

The vulnerabilities are present in Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9, and 10, running on Windows XP or Windows 7. While the current attack targets the English version of Internet Explorer 7 and 8 running on both Windows XP and Windows 8, the exploit could be changed to target other versions and languages, FireEye said.

via New IE Zero-Day Used in Watering Hole Attack Targets Memory.

This is the problem with Microsoft leaving all these old unpatched versions of their browser in the wild. Finally releasing IE11 for Win7 is a good start, now how about automatically upgrading it for folks?

Clown-Based Computing



Great now this is all I’m going to think of when someone says cloud from now one.

Apple maps: how Google lost when everyone thought it had won

But a year on, a total of 35m iPhone owners in the US used Apples maps during September 2013, according to ComScore, compared to a total of 58.7m Google Maps across the iPhone and Android.Of those, about 6m used Google Maps on the iPhone, according to calculations by the Guardian based on figures from ComScore. That includes 2m iPhone users who have not or cannot upgrade to iOS 6, according to data from MixPanel.That suggests Googles efforts to offer a stand-alone app since December have gained little traction with iPhone users.”Google has lost access to a very, very important data channel in the North American market,” commented Ben Wood, mobile analyst for CCS Insight, a research company based in London. “But Apple was adamant that it wasnt going to give up on doing its own maps, even when it had problems. This is a war of attrition.”

via Apple maps: how Google lost when everyone thought it had won | Technology |

Google Apps Drops support for IE9

Internet Explorer 9 users

As previously announced, Internet Explorer 11 launched on October 17, 2013, and as a result, we’ve discontinued support for Internet Explorer 9.

via Supported browsers – Google Apps Administrator Help.