Archive for June, 2009

Annoyingness Rating Scale

Monday, June 29th, 2009

  1. Meh.
  2. Pf.
  3. Meh.
  4. Tuh.
  5. Kuh.

If You Say You’re Gonna Play Nice, Play Nice!

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Campaign Monitor:

Outlook is broken, let’s fix it.

Microsoft:

There is no widely-recognized consensus in the industry about what subset of HTML is appropriate for use in e-mail for interoperability. The “Email Standards Project” does not represent a sanctioned standard or an industry consensus in this area.

Dave Greiner:

The only problem is that “broadly adopted standards” already exist for HTML email. They are called web standards, and almost every email client on the market meets these standards.

Dave Dudley (is Awesome)

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Who Cares

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Kim Krause:

People always ask, “What do you think of my site?” I want to say back to them, “Who cares what I think. Does it meet your site requirements? Has it been tested? Has each requirement been validated? Are your site guidelines being adhered to? Have you checked your logs? Do you have it set up for data analysis and tracking so you know for sure what’s not working as per your requirements?”

Bullhonkey on AT&T

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

I just wanted to help fuel the flames a little bit in the general internet atmosphere of being pissed at AT&T and their dropping the ball with the new iPhone 3GS.

Apple goes and throws out $199 and $299 price points on the new models and we ooooh and ahhhh and start dreaming of standing in line. Then the fanfare is over, the new phones are up on Apple.com, and we are able to check our plans to get ready to buy them. This is when we all find out that if we already had an iPhone 3G, we were ineligible for the upgrade pricing. In my particular scenario, It gave me price points of $399 and $499 with an upgrade date of 12/13/2009.

So this means that any old customer off the street can walk in and get a phone for 3/5 of the price that me, a loyal customer for years and years can. That just doesn’t feel right.

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Design Trend: Random Lines

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Mental Models

Sounds of the Universe

You Never Know

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Chris: It was great, it’s all real muscians, no drum circles. Not that there is anything wrong with that…
Sarah: Oh, yes there is. Especially if you are trying to nap.

It Changes People

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

Amy: Since I’ve moved to Brooklyn I’ve turned into kind of a bitch.
Chris: What do you mean, do you like shake newspapers and yell at cabbies and shit?
Amy (slowly and surely): I go out of my way to ruin other people’s good times.

The Worst Bike Lock Ever

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

Chris: It just came without one?! How do you lock it up?
Azure: With hope.

Protecting Your Coda Saved Sites

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Somewhat randomly, after a hard crash on my system, I opened up Coda to find that it was unregistered and all my saved sites were gone. I wasn’t too happy about it, since there were probably 20 in there that I would have to dig through all kinds of old emails again to dig up the info, if I was even able to.

As it turns out, there is pretty much one file responsible for this: com.panic.Coda.plist – which is located at ~User~/Library/Preferences. Apparently it got lost or corrupted somehow. I was using Time Machine, so I should have been able to just notch back in time a little and grab an old copy. [Long unimportant story], I was unable to do that at the current time.

Thanks to a nice little Facebook conversation with Rahul Bansal, I have some tips to share to prevent it from happening again.

There is a secondary awesome feature of using Transmit as your master-source for all saved sites. Transmit syncs with .Mac. So if you have .Mac, all your computers will have the same saved sites on them in Transmit. When I first got my laptop, I was bewildered how it automatically knew all my saved sites, but this is clearly why. For the record, I have since stopped using .Mac because I think it’s over-priced and under-valued.

Dixieland Delight

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Hard Times, Good Times

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

Nearly every single incredibly great memorable experience in my life, in retrospect, has something to do with hard times. Rigging up an old fridge in college into a kegerator since buying beer by the barrel was clearly the economical way to go. Playing cards by candlelight all night long when the power went out after a thunderstorm. Camping in an open field for a week with my mandolin, but not so much as a sleeping pad or pillow. Not exactly “hard times”, but times when something went wrong or something was lacking. It brings people together.

None of them are moments like installing a refrigerator that delivers crushed ice through the door panel or waxing a car.

So it’s funny we spend so much time and effort working toward luxury when all the best times happen in squalor.

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