Tag Archive for ‘Web’

Itty Bitty ➝

A nifty little service that lets you create webpages that are contained entirely within their own link.

Txt.fyi ➝

A nifty little web service that lets you quickly and easily publish text. There’s no user accounts, tracking, likes, or comments. You just type into a text box and it spits out a URL.

I think most people would be better off setting up their own domain name and installing WordPress, but at the very least, this is a lot cooler than publishing on Medium.

(Via Brad Frost.)

Mentions ➝

Brent Simmons, with a brilliant app idea:

Ten years ago or more we had several blog-specific search engines and services: Technorati, BlogBridge, and others.

One of the great things about these services was not just being able to search for something but being able to set up _persistent* searches: that is, you’d get a search as an RSS feed, and in your feed reader you’d get results from all over the place on the thing you’re searching for.

In the obvious and common cases, you’d set up searches for people linking to your blog, writing about the apps you work on, mentioning the place where you work, and mentioning you.

I’d like to see something like this for today, but where the scope is just the Apple/Mac/iOS community. It would crawl the obvious sites (such as Daring Fireball and Loop Insight) and it would crawl the many blogs and microblogs that make up the community.

I would absolutely love a service like this. I’d like to see it in the form of an iOS app, but that might not be the right fit — after all, it is designed to notifying you when websites mention your search term. Building it as a web service would be more than suitable, though, and it could offer integration with IFTTT or Zapier to give it more reach and allow users to bend the service to their will.

Support BirchTree ➝

My good friend Matt Bircher, on his newly launched Support BirchTree page:

If you are a regular around these parts, I’d like to say THANK YOU! You are the reason I write here, and I can’t thank you enough for taking some time out of your day to read the site. If you enjoy the site and want to support its continued development, please consider donating a few dollars […]

I’ve known Matt for a couple of years and he’s always publishing some of the most interesting pieces in this Apple-centric slice of the internet. I wholeheartedly encourage you to throw a couple of bucks his way if you’ve ever enjoyed one of his articles and are interested in supporting independent web publishers.

In addition to helping support his writing and other various projects, you’ll also receive a nifty BirchTree sticker as a thank you. He sent the first batch of stickers out last Thursday and I expect I’ll be receiving mine later today.

Using the iPad for Web Development ➝

Matt Gemmell:

Responsive testing, though, is something you actually can do on the iPad, up to a point, with Web Tools. It lets you resize the viewport, or choose from a set of popular device sizes, and it also has a rudimentary built-in web inspector with DOM tree and editable CSS attributes (and a JavaScript console, as an in-app purchase). It’s basic, but you can readily use it to see how your site responds as the browser window resizes, or on different screen sizes than your own.

I hadn’t heard about Web Tools until reading this piece, but it looks like a great app. I’ll have to give it a try next time I’m in front of my iPad with some time to kill.

How the Web Became Unreadable ➝

Kevin Marks, writing on Medium:

There’s a widespread movement in design circles to reduce the contrast between text and background, making type harder to read. Apple is guilty. Google is, too. So is Twitter. […]

My plea to designers and software engineers: Ignore the fads and go back to the typographic principles of print — keep your type black, and vary weight and font instead of grayness. You’ll be making things better for people who read on smaller, dimmer screens, even if their eyes aren’t aging like mine. It may not be trendy, but it’s time to consider who is being left out by the web’s aesthetic.

I’ve always found this trend troubling, why wouldn’t designers want their text to be crisp? Instead, they settle for muddy grays on slightly-less-muddy light gray. I think it looks like trash and is difficult to read.

Opera Browser Sold to a Chinese Consortium for $600 Million ➝

I was a huge fan of Opera in the mid-2000s, but I probably haven’t touched the browser in over five years. I’m not surprised they had to sell — the writing’s been on the wall for a while. There just isn’t much room for them when Chrome and Firefox make up nearly 90% of the market.

Google Chrome to Phase Out Adobe Flash Later This Year ➝

Interestingly, I started using Google Chrome as a way to phase out Flash in 2010, upon the recommendation of John Gruber.