Swamped

Icon Factory is now open for business. — I thought the typical path was to go from many clients to none, not the other way around. It just goes to show you, there’s nothing wrong with having clients.

Google search is constantly getting smarter. Well, it has been smart for quite some time. This autocomplete of search results feature was added way back in 2009. I swear, I just noticed this in the wild last week. And the Google Operating System blog only reported on it recently.

Carl Icahn just recently saved my father-in-law’s job at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City. Not just his job, but thousands of jobs. That doesn’t mean I like the guy. Icahn, that is. My father-in-law is fantastic. But, there is a lot of work to be done around the house, so perhaps letting the Taj go bankrupt wouldn’t have been the worst thing to happen. At any rate, it turns out Icahn is one of Apple’s 10 biggest shareholders. So that’s where his wealth is coming from.

The Making and Effectiveness of an App Preview — David Smith dives into the sales numbers of his iOS app, Pedometer++ after adding an preview video.

Apple Watch developers discuss their plans.

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

Mavericks and MySQL

After upgrading to Mavericks (os X 10.9) my install of MySQL never wanted to work properly. While it may not have been necessary, I chose to uninstall MySQL and then reinstall, with the latest version. It turns out it was much simpler than the several hours lost on troubleshooting the existing installation.

Note: This removed all of my local MySQL databases, which was OK with me, but if that’s a problem for you, back those up first.

Completely uninstall MySQL. Note: Make a copy of /etc/my.cnf if there are some settings that you’d like to add back in.

Follow the uninstall steps here:

And then follow the MySQL installation steps here:
http://www.macminivault.com/mysql-mavericks/

The iPad 3 and Moore’s Law

The iPad 3 and Moore’s Law

Interesting read from Quirks Mode, on how the iPad 3’s display will actually hurt the mobile web in particular, by creating a demand for larger downloads to accommodate for the hi-resolution screen.

In order to display properly on the iPad 3, all graphics of both web apps and native apps must be doubled in pixel density, which means their size roughly quadruples. Clever compression will solve part of that problem, but not nearly enough.

The problem is even worse with the mobile web. Jason Grigsby delved into the way Apple itself serves Retina-optimised images to its new iPad site. Essentially, they download the normal images first, and if a check for the iPad 3 is positive it then downloads the optimised images.

BBEdit10 color schemes

A couple of years ago, I created three color themes for use with John Gruber’s BBEdit plugin, BBColors. With the release of BBEdit 10 last week, they rolled his theming functionality into BBEdit itself. If you were previously using BBColors, your themes are automatically recognized by BBEdit.

BBEdit 10 now provides a native interface to create, switch, and save your own color schemes. That sure doesn’t suck. I packaged all the older themes, U23D, Gentle Honey and Zen and Tea, along with four brand new schemes, inspired by the colors used in Version 3 to the latest, Version 6 of the 2A site (2Advanced.com).

bbcolors-2a-themes

Download the color schemes (.zip)

To install, unpack the .zip and place the contents in BBEdit’s color scheme directory; ‘users > username > Library > Application Support > BBEdit > Color Schemes’. (your ‘Library’ directory is most likely hidden by default)

Update: I’ve also been collecting several BBEdit Color Schemes and keeping them in this BBEdit-Color-Schemes-Pack github repository. Feel free to fork, add your own, and send a pull request.

Multitasking on the iPad, run safari and NPR at the same time

iPad multitasking, NPR and Safari

I figured out how to run NPR and surf the web at the same time on the iPad. Multitasking, months before iPad iOS 4 is slated for availability.

  1. Open up Safari and surf to your favorite site (I chose my Delicious.com network page, great links in there).
  2. Buy an $8.00 radio from your local bodega and tune it to NPR.

The greatest thing about this hack is that you can continue to use NPR outside of available wifi zone’s (note: most iPad apps will cease working). You can also tune your NPR to MLB for the latest baseball game. No monthly, extra, or one-time fees required.