You’ve all heard the stories about the extremely sensitive surface of the iPod nano. It’s almost getting scratched by merely looking menacingly at it. Yet somehow, we all seem to like the shiny little carebear while resisting the urge to examine just how fragile it really is in a bare-knuckles fight. What we all want to know is: can it withstand the crushing power of German automobile engineering? Have a look at the destructive stress testing.
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For all wine lovers out there, there is a new site in town. Cork’d is created by Dan Cederholm and Dan Benjamin, two well-known design profiles in the blogosphere, and done in Ruby on Rails. It is a community, note book and shopping list for people who like wine. Simple as that, really.
Hatched two weeks ago, Vitamin is a resource for designers and developers, with several well-known names in the ranks. For starter, have a look at Dave Shea’s excellent article Stop CSS Hacking, or be Stopped.
Today, the SXSW conference is wrapping up and the crowds are leaving the Austin sun. For those of you who doesn’t have the time, need or greed to read hundreds of reports and presentations, I have selected a few of them for your bedtime reading.
I usually don’t write about site redesigns, but this is an exception. Veerle has done a major redesign of her blog and the result is absolutely stunning! A perfect example of how one can skip common design rules such as “dark text on light background” and achieve something truly awesome. Prepare your design senses to go zoiiing.
The San Francisco-based company Balthaser Online has been granted a patent on “Methods, systems, and processes for the design and creation of rich-media applications via the internet”. They claim it covers tools such as Flash, Ajax and XAML when they are accessed over the net. Interesting, since Balthaser was formerly a VP of strategy at Macromedia and used Flash 3 in the late nineties, a couple of years prior to receiving the patent.
Grown tired of the ancient ICQ web client but doesn’t have the time or need to setup a Sharepoint server? Have a look at the brand new Campfire tool. The admirable 37signals has released another great tool along the lines of Basecamp and Backpack. Simple speaking, it’s like a group chat for business. Being a slick web client, is is used directly in your browser (unless you still use IE 5.x) with cool technology such as Ajax and Ruby.
Adaptive Path has sold Measure Map, a tool for blog statistics, to Google, even though it is only in beta state. This will be a great addition to Google Analytics. I wonder what they will do with them, perhaps a merge to get a Swiss army knife for stats analysis?
I have read a lot of blog entries concerning web development and more during the last year, most likely over several dozen each day. It sums up to quite a lot of hours invested, and since I unfortunately don’t have unlimited time on my hands, rather the other way around, I have to choose carefully.
A few days after the launch of Google Analytics, the web is buzzing all over about it. Due to an unexpected amount of users the service was temporarily crippled, but now it seems to be up and running.