Today (March 31st) is World Backup Day. Remember to back up your files and check your restores.
I needed something to represent that journey. To give it edges, for me. For the company. So I did what I do — I flip-flopped the data. I made a book.
I haven’t used it yet, but the FontFont Subsetter, for optimizing web fonts, looks like a great tool.
David Chartier hopes Apple gets ‘back to the basics’ with iOS 6. I’ve jailbroken my phone to get some of these features and fixes. For instance, FolderEnhancer makes folders on iOS actually useable for me.
Here’s a great list of improvements in Photoshop CS6. The vector pixel snapping alone is worth the cost of upgrading (which hasn’t been announced yet, by the way).
Why AirPlay just wrecked your responsive media strategy. Craig Villamor:
We can no longer presume that the content accessed through mobile devices will also be viewed on them.
The problem: media served to mobile devices is typically of less-quality, so when those devices then “beam” the media to larger screens via AirPlay, it looks like crap.
Here’s a good counter-point to the argument I made about navigation labels not always needing to follow convention. While I found myself nodding as I read, I also realized I had (again) bought into the premise, that:
if users cannot find the information they are looking for, chances are they will abandon their track, never to return.
Seems like a reasonable assumption, and it might be anecdotally true. But I believe users have become extremely resilient to varying interfaces, labels, and navigation. Just look at Chris Pirillo’s dad trying to use Windows 8. Most UX professionals (myself included) would have guessed he would give up trying to get back to the “tiles” interface after 30 seconds. Instead, he kept clicking around for three minutes.
Don’t misunderstand me, though. I’m not saying we should throw out good practices. Our job is to make the experience less frustrating, not more. I just don’t think we should blindly follow convention, automatically apply UX solutions without first clearly identifying the goals and problems. As Wilson Miner so eloquently charged: we have the opportunity to build the new digital world. Let’s not default in doing so.
This just blows my mind.
I have a love/hate relationship with the Mac OS X Dock. I’m sure I’m not alone. The Dock has been around since the very first OS X version, and continues to be both marginally functional and frustratingly useless. I keep mine empty of non-running apps, but use it often for opening documents via drag-and-drop. It’s also nice for badge notifications and remains the only way to (easily) view what’s in Trash. So, like I said, love/hate.
I’ve flirted with just about every Dock arrangement there is: right, left, bottom (even top). I’ve pinned it to the start and end for every side. I’ve used it with auto-hide enabled and not. For the most part, I’ve enjoyed it on the right and pinned to the end (so, bottom-right), and shown all the time. Lately, though, I’ve found myself enabling auto-hide so the Dock stays tucked away, out of view. The one thing that bothers me about this setup is the animation speed when it appears and hides. Well, with a little terminal command, my problem was solved. And now, I shall share with you.
To speed up the Dock show/hide animation, use this command in terminal:
defaults write com.apple.dock autohide-time-modifier -float 0.5;killall Dock
You can set the timing to anything you want, even zero to disable the animation completely; default is
1. I tried
0.25 and felt it was almost too fast and didn’t feel right. Your mileage may vary.
True push for Sparrow for iPhone. The rub: gotta jailbreak.
Update: here’s another method for enabling push in Sparrow, specifically designed for it.
“Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs”: a direct op-ed piece in the NY Times from Greg Smith, a former Sachs executive, who feels the company culture has eroded.
The firm has veered so far from the place I joined right out of college that I can no longer in good conscience say that I identify with what it stands for. […]
These days, the most common question I get from junior analysts about derivatives is, “How much money did we make off the client?” It bothers me every time I hear it, because it is a clear reflection of what they are observing from their leaders about the way they should behave. […]
I hope this can be a wake-up call to the board of directors. Make the client the focal point of your business again. Without clients you will not make money. In fact, you will not exist. Weed out the morally bankrupt people, no matter how much money they make for the firm.
More of this kind of conviction on Wall Street, please.
Federico Viticci is killing it lately. His latest piece compares iOS text editors with the fury of a thousand suns.
Panic co-founder Steven Frank recently republished his request for a ‘dream notes app’. I think he originally wrote it before the onslaught of new, Markdown-supporting iOS notes apps. But because he re-posted it, I assume he still feels it applies. I found it interesting his tone was similar to mine in ‘Plain text in a field’ – jaded and frustrated.
In their complaint, Yahoo alleges that Facebook’s News Feed violates “Dynamic page generator,” a patent filed in 1997 by their former CTO related to the launch of My Yahoo, one of the first personalized websites. Every web application, from Twitter to Pinterest, could be said to violate this patent. This is chaos.
Chaos indeed. (Via Daring Fireball.)