Two weeks ago today, Apple approved and posted my first foray into app development in the form of QuickUnits. I had the idea for this app last summer and worked on it sporadically since then. Leading up to the launch I put a lot more time into it. It seemed that the closer I got the more motivated I became. I have to say, I haven’t had this much fun “working” in a very long time. I can’t wait to start on the next project, which is currently in the planning phase.
Marco Arment, the creator of Instapaper, posted an update to his beloved iOS app today. In the notes he listed a new feature that instantly grabbed my attention and gave me one of the first, “Ah ha,” moments I have had in a very long time. The feature was listed as follows:
New Open-Dyslexic font to increase legibility for readers with dyslexia.
Upon reading that line I realized something, in my six years of creating websites I have tried to think of every accessibility issue I could imagine and account for it. Most issues, such as having large enough fonts for people hard-of-sight and mixing tones in addition to color in order to account for colorblind-ness, come second nature to me now. But, I have never once thought (I am ashamed to admit) that dyslexia was something I could help with. I always thought dyslexia was something that fell into the abyss of, “I can’t do anything about it.” Happily, thanks to Mr. Arment, I now know I can do something about it.
- Instapaper – iTunes Link
- Instapaper 4.2.5: iPhone 5 support, Open-Dyslexic font option – by Marco Arment
- Open-Dyslexic Font by Abelardo Gonzalez
I think it’s really sad when a scientist seems to have a much better solution for solving this country’s problems than any of it’s politicians. However, in this case it’s the truth. This inspiring and passionate speech by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson from the 28th National Space Symposium explains how investing in space could solve many of the nations problems. Our economy would be spurred, our schools would flourish and the jobs we send overseas would no longer be a problem if only we doubled NASA’s budget. Dr. Tyson’s vigor oozes from this speech, do yourself a favor and get inspired by watching it. You won’t regret it.
Amazing apps like this are the reason I want an iPad. I think it’s about time.
I should mention, it’s a free app with paid upgrades. Grab yourself an iPad and get drawing on Paper. More info on their website.
Macfusion is an app for OS X (obviously) that allows you to mount FTP and SSH connections as though they were drives on your Mac. Though not a heavy use tool, Macfusion is quite nice for making quick and dirty updates to websites. When “mounted” all the files on your web server act as though they are on your computer, which means you can directly edit them. Just make sure you download a backup first, because that is a very quick way to screw up a website.
Did I mention it’s free?
I hear there are some problems with Lion, but if you follow the trail on the Macfusion Github page it will work just fine. They recommend downloading and installing the only dependency, MacFUSE from this site, rather than the copy from Google.
As a side note, FTP seemed quite sluggish for me, to the point where it was nearly unusable, but when connected with SSH it’s quite speedy,
I was perusing Abduzeedu when I stumbled on the fantastic artwork of Tony Riff. The video is really well done too.
Check out Tony’s Flickr photostream for more of his great works.
I wasn’t even looking talks on career advise, but upon hitting the play button on Charlie Hoehn’s TEDx presentation I was hooked. YouTube was kind enough to offer the second gem from Jenny Blake after I finishing the first. If you want great career advise, don’t take it from me, but these two folks seem to have figured something out.
Charlie Hoehn — The New Way to Work
Jenny Blake — The Career in the Age of the App
Since I can remember, I have had to wrestle Apple’s Mail.app to submission in order to get it to work right for me and Gmail. The default settings just seemed clunky; archiving when it should be deleting, multiple junk mail folders, and list goes on. It always worked, but a lot of time I preferred using the Gmail web interface better. But a new player is in town and they are filling that gap quickly.
Just earlier this month Sparrow’s first beta was released and it is already taking over my workflow. Upon downloading and installing the first beta, I was very pleased with its clean iPad like interface, but ultimately had some issues with it. I wasn’t able to see my archived mail, only what was in the Inbox. I sent them my concerns along with a couple of bug reports and have been pleasantly surprised. Within weeks they have already cleared up the bugs I mentioned, and added support for the “All Mail” function of Gmail. Of course I can’t take credit for that suggestion, they were already working on it.
Now in the forth beta of their wonderful Gmail client, the Sparrow team leaves me very impressed. I have been using it for the past few days and have not even looked back to Apple’s mail client. If your interested you too can download the latest beta here.
I decided it was time to learn the 960 Grid System for coding web sites. And what better way to learn than to make my own cheat sheet. Let me know if you find this useful and maybe I’ll make a 16 column cheat sheet as well.
I turned it into some wallpapers and have them included after the break.