Gone Phishin’

Last summer, Gmail added support for Latin characters. It turns out, they’re pretty useful for spammers getting their phish on.

Be careful with this message. Someone might be trying to trick you by using similar-looking characters (such as Σ and E) in the email addresses contained in this message.

So let me get this straight. I’m not only supposed to read an email’s from address, but I’m supposed to pay special attention to each character?

My father once left himself logged in to Paypal on a library computer, losing all of $30. God knows what he’s been clicking on these days.

A Few

Apparently people have been using pinch-to-zoom on their desktop browsers? Which actually may not be that crazy, since those Apple laptops sell pretty well. Not surprisingly, Chrome’s pinch-to-zoom wasn’t as smooth as Safari’s. The latest Chrome Canary aims to fix that.

Also news to me, the Internet Archive has an entire Archived Software Library, which is pretty rad, if you’re into that sort of thing. It looks like now, those archived pieces of software (read: games) are now embeddable. Pretty rad, again, if you’re into that sort of thing. Note: The embedded games seem to have mixed results. But what a concept! Next on their list: Export a game as HTML5. Just kidding.

If you didn’t buy the in-app purchase of the full toolset in Paper, way back when, all the Paper tools are now available for free.

Is the iPad Not Mobile?

The popular iOS app, Flipboard, aims to elevate content layout and interaction on the web.

Flipboard for mobile web is a case study in pushing the browser to its limits. While this approach may not be suitable for all applications, for us it’s enabled a level of interaction and performance that rivals native apps.

Flipboard.com’s approach largely involves eschewing traditional HTML, CSS, & Javascript, in favor of HTML5’s canvas element.

While interesting (and a bit over my head), why is it that when visiting Flipboard.com on the iPad, we’re presented with a roadblock page, instructing us to use the iPad app for “the best Flipboard experience”?

Where’s the mobile canvas experience that rivals native apps?

flipboard-ipad-screenshot

Input type=email, Most Commonly Used Advanced Input Type

Poll results: popular input types

The results are surprising, while I expected date and number to end in first and second place, the most popular type was actually email.

Personally, I would have guessed that type="tel" would be leading the charge. Not for telephone entries specifically, but any input that is expecting a number of any kind, the type="tel" attribute invokes the number keyboard on iOS devices; Minus the finicky limitations that are associated with type="number".

Grunticon

Grunticon – A Flexible SVG Workflow

Grunticon is a Grunt.js task that makes it easy to use SVGs for crisp, resolution independent icons, logos, illustrations and background images. SVGs aren’t supported everywhere so Grunticon auto-generates bitmap (PNG) fallback images and loads the right format for compatibility with pretty much any browser

If you’re just getting started with SVG’s, this may be a bit intense. Otherwise, this grunt task looks like it contains some useful options, such as auto-generating fallbacks for that sometimes-we-still-need-to-support IE8.

Safari iOS Bigger Than Firefox

Safari iOS bigger than Firefox; non-Google Chromia bigger than Safari Mac

  • Safari on iOS is now bigger than Firefox.
  • The non-Google Chromia are now bigger than Safari on Mac.
  • Mobile is at 31% of overall browser market share. That’s nearly one third.
  • The Blink rendering engine is now at 43% market share.

Non-Google Chromia is the open-source Chromium, which is often installed on mobile devices by default, for example, on Samsung phones.

Today, on This, a Friday

Criminal: Stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.
The title name alone may lead you to believe that this podcast started before the blockbuster Serial Podcast, but in fact it’s been around for quite some time. A great, quick listen.

A Chance to Salvage a Master’s Creation
A landmark in my hometown of Goshen, NY, faces demolition. It’d be a shame to not bring this unique building back to life.

Wild Cherry – Sublime / Zsh theme
This is so god damn colorful, I couldn’t help myself and am now using the color schemes in iTerm and Sublime Text. The nifty repository status emoji’s are for Zsh only.

Days Before Xmas

Richard Pryor, A Comedy Pioneer Who Was ‘Always Whittling On Dynamite’
This story opens with a poignant look at racism from the 70’s which is incredibly relevant, still today.

Chris Rock On Finding The Line Between Funny And ‘Too Far’
Chris Rock is fantastic.

How Girls Are Developing Earlier In An Age Of ‘New Puberty’
Super interesting, particularly if you’re raising a girl.

Delicious Tools Chrome Extension, Release notes V.1.7

Delicious Tools Chrome Extension: Version 1.7 (5/2/2014):

Finally fixes a serious issue where bookmarks were not being saved to your Delicious account unless you saved them twice, or were logged in to Delcious.com in a seperate tab. Such requirements are pretty counter-productive. Rather than taking the time to investigate, I chose to stop using the extension for quite some time and let the angry reviews pile up. Angry reviews be damned, the time for a fix has come! BTW, Pinboard.in is a great alternative, and I use ifttt.com to keep Pinboard and Delicious in sync. The bookmarklet works well, as does the Delicious bookmarklet, which I resorted to using. They’re not nearly as convenient as an extension though, am I right? With this fix, I can now return to the convenience of this delicious bookmarklet disguised as an extension provides.

On a technical note, the biggest change in this realease is I’ve updated the save URL, as per delicious.com that is used to save links. Using this new save URL, you’re now redirected to a page that confirms you’ve successfully saved a bookmark, and presumably, if link saving fails. This functions just like a Delicious.com bookmarklet would. Also updated was the security policy, which fixes any issues you may have seen with altering the keyboard shortcut.

Delicious Tools in the Chrome Web Store