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Google’s dropping H.264 from Chrome a step backward for openness

Maybe Google views themselves as adept as Apple, and are convinced that cutting off any “weaker alternatives” is the only way to get, what they believe to be, the superior WebM codec into the real world. I bet they even believe that someday this decision will be heralded as a great step forward. Like Apple with the floppy drive.

A nice tidbit on Google’s “openness” stance:

If openness is so important that Google is willing to remove features from Chrome, there is no way that the company should be shipping Flash in Chrome.

And:

… <video> will now become: the iOS fallback tag. Flash will remain the preferred solution for “real” browsers, and the only people using <video> will be those catering to iOS.

Fallback tag? With the way things are going, iOS will NOT be considered the fallback!

financial thingamajig

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Inside Job – Fantastic episode of This American Life, “the inside story of one company that made hundreds of millions of dollars for itself while worsening the financial crisis for the rest of us”.

A hedge fund named Magnetar comes up with an elaborate plan to make money. It sponsors the creation of complicated and ultimately toxic financial securities… while at the same time betting against the very securities it helped create.

Great photographs of New York / He Took a Polaroid Every Day, Until the Day He Died / Google makes a grand entrance into the embedded font game / The Only Summer-TV Guide You’ll Ever Need

On this Tuesday. Links from me to you.

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Duh… eat real food and don’t drink soda: Princeton researchers find that high-fructose corn syrup prompts considerably more weight gain. It’s pretty amazing though, to think that this stuff is in nearly every single thing that you buy. It really takes a conscious effort to avoid, which we all should be doing. / MapQuest Brings Free Voice Navigation to the iPhone / WPilot – A space journey in your browser – Proof of concept game built using HTML5 technologies. / Stay Focused – East coast skateboarding is the best in the world, naturally. Free video download. / Striking anti-war posters / Abstract City, Christoph Niemann art / http://www.jenniferdavisart.com / Facebook’s Plan To Automatically Share Your Data With Sites You Never Signed Up For / Twision, the first ever twitter television show makes a splash in Spain

more links

Darren Rigo
Find the best pint of Guinness / Run IE7 inside of IE8 via Developer Tools / Interlopers on the Skyline / Search free icons / LastHistory Graphically Visualizes your Last.fm History Through Time / NetBalancer Prioritizes Network Traffic by Application / Google Is Working On Letting Users Link Their Gmail And Google Apps Accounts / Recently, I’ve found that using CalDav on your mac and iPhone is the best way to keep your calendars in sync across your devices/apps/web. / NYC Restaurants Required to Post Cleanliness Grades / Hands down, the best way to validate forms with jQuery/Javascript. I’ve been using this for quite some time and fall more in love with each implementation. / Hex is sooo PRE2K, Working With RGBA Colour

some links from my delicious inbox

css2-font-face

Nate Duval

Font Squirrel appears to be a great font generator that will create the various formats needed for the cross-browser use of @font-face. Some colleagues and I have recently been waxing poetically on the legality of using purchased fonts using this CSS2 based method of font embedding. Especially when deployed for clients, in a commercial environment. While @font-face is a bit overdue to go mainstream (A List Apart was touting it as the next big thing in 2007), now that the browsers are coming of age, the tipping point is near. It will dominate other options that are currently bridging the gap, like http://typekit.com. However, we have come to the conclusion that now is the time to pay more attention to a fonts use policy. Some will explicitly forbid the designer/developer from exposing the font file online. Some will encourage it, and I assume,many more will not mention it. This means web shops should start gathering and using libraries filled with the fonts that encourage the use of @font-face. Here’s where I’m starting. As linked in the previous ALA article: Dieter Steffmann offers up a slew of freely usable fonts and I’m sure several more lists like this, @font-face and 15 Free Fonts You Can Use Today, exist.

Here’s a great explanation of the licensing issue we’re facing with @font-face:

…foundries don’t actually claim copyright in the typefaces themselves. Instead they claim copyright on the .ttf file (or whatever) as a piece of software. Then, when you buy the right to use the software, they make you click “Agree” to an EULA which prohibits you from uploading the file to your website. If you want your users to see your font over the web, then you need to send them that file, and the EULA says you can’t.

My Daughters Art

The Delicious Tools extension for Google Chrome now has over 10,000 users and has been maintaining a rating of 4 out of 5 stars! Most recently we’ve added a customizable keyboard shortcut, making this a fantastic option for personalized, unobtrusive and simple bookmark saving in Chrome, on both the Windows and Mac platform. Thanks to pix0r for some big time contributions on this fun little open source extension.

View and share Flickr photos in the style of The Big Picture, Boston.com’s excellent photo blog, with the The Big Pictr Flickr mashup. A beautiful way to browse photos, here’s a set from a Susan and I tagged with ‘camping’ on BigPictr.com, a bit buggy but a great idea. If you’re like me, we now expect all photography online to be as big as the Big Picture these days. It’ll be tools like BigPictr.com that will bring that possibility to fruition. Speaking of photography, Divvyshot.com looks like a promising tool to pool your photos together based on a particular event. Round up your family’s digital shots in a single spot.

Randomness: Following up on 2008′s “Growing Up Online” comes Frontline’s “Digital Nation” good stuff / The best looking sites using Typekit / The New York Public Library Jazz Loft Project exhibition opened this week at NYPL for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center and will run through May 22, 2010 / Great television still exists, you just need to turn off your TV to find it: Party Down, available on Netflix Watch Instantly / ShadyURL.com, a great tool for making your URL’s suspicious and frightening / Take screenshots below the fold with the Webpage Screenshot Chrome extension / Chrome 4 now natively supports Greasemonkey / Pretty darn basic, easy to use, handy framework for iPhone web app projects: iWebkit / Constantly forget which veggies and fruit are most important to buy organic? This handy Shopper Guide to Pesticides iPhone app cuts right to the chase and gives me a list, plain and simple.

To express my hate for Facebook I created a couple of poorly designed, badly kerned T-shirts. Because just like Facebook, I too can offer up worthless crap: Facebook: Cultivating Meaningless Relationships and Facebook: The Cure For Culture. If you’re not afraid to express hate on an American Apparel Tee, then here’s your chance.

2010

Parking Garage

In Google labs we have Living Stories “an experiment in presenting news, one designed specifically for the online environment…” Interesting. I recall being excited about Wikipedia’s News coverage, take the entry on Hurricane Katrina for example. The format steps away from the ‘old fashioned’ model of news as a series of historic articles and stepped into the future of news as a single, always evolving, article. Living Stories’ The War in Afghanistan for example. The future is now.

NPR visits a parking garage exhibit at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Just a hair more interesting than it sounds. / The Japanese Addressing system, and other opposites / Some sounds from The Jazz Loft Project / New art from vasco mourao / Subscribe to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Artwork of the day RSS feed. If only they’d get to the point and offer up large images right off the bat, their subscribers would really really enjoy it. A for effort. / I dig the HTML layout of this Nolan Johnson article from the Skateboard Mag. All print-like on the web. Nice link in the second headline. Print is dead, long live print. / Movie title screens, a set of illustrations on Flickr. / Nerd alert: Optimizing HTML, some fantastic tips to steer you towards “having a solid and robust foundation to build upon”. Well said, well done. Kinda. Things get a bit carried away towards the end and they end up promoting some bad practices. Look for the gems.

riddled with links

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Looks like great effort went into this childrens iPhone app: ABC Oddity / Nice infographic on The Effects of Bike Commuting on Obesity. I’m actually pretty surprised that even the fitter countries have obesity rates as high as 34%. / Calling all Cars – remote engine slowdown, auto maintenance alerts, remote door unlocking, the cars of the future are upon us and they’re pretty darn sophisticated. / Principal researcher at Microsoft, Bill Buxton gave a talk at last weeks Future of Web Design which was certainly one of the more interesting ones (progressive enhancement using CSS3 was just given too much stage time, and that’s coming straight from the mouth of a CSS lover) / Tintin, nice sketchbook on Flickr / Madelyn’s invite to her very first birthday / Susan and I have been hooked on brussel sprouts this season, but usually of the roasted variety. Looking forward to giving this shaved brussel sprout salad a go. / Ember Media Manager seems to be the most stable app for managing cover art and .nfo files for your XBMC installation.