It’s a bit early in the cycle, but it feels like these rumors about an Apple “smartwatch” are snowballing a bit faster this time around than Apple HDTV rumors. Remember, rumors of the latter have come and gone at least since 2006.
The watch chatter feels different, and I think it’s because the…
Ina Fried reporting on HBO’s Eric Kessler talking at AllThingsD’s D: Dive Into Media conference:
As for why the company doesn’t just get directly on Apple TV, Kessler said, “We will get on Apple TV, as we’ve said all along.”
I get why there would be a hold up putting HBO Go on Apple TV — Apple fully controls the apps that appear on that device and negotiating with Apple is never easy. But why did it take HBO this long to enable AirPlay in their app when rivals did it months ago? Leverage against Apple, I have to assume. (And now that it’s already been reported that HBO Go is coming directly to Apple TV, no more leverage required…)
It will be great to be able to watch HBO content on the Apple TV. But don’t forget that you still need that cable television subscription to get access to HBO Go in the first place. Which is fucking lame.
Love the idea of Jekyll. The packaging is great, too. Simply install it as a rubygem. From their GitHub page:
Jekyll is a simple, blog aware, static site generator. It takes a template directory (representing the raw form of a website), runs it through Textile or Markdown and Liquid converters, and spits out a complete, static website suitable for serving with Apache or your favorite web server.
This is also the engine behind GitHub Pages, which you can use to host your project’s page or blog right here from GitHub.
Just install this little gem on OS X Mountain Lion. It’s a fantastic little piece of code written in Ruby:
gem install terminal-notifier
Will be useful in so many small scripts — big and small ones. This way, you are guaranteed to be able to give your user feedback.
Great examples of when this code might come in handy:
when a backup or
system maintenance just finished
(You might have to sudo gem install, depending on how your Ruby environment is setup.)
These are all excellent things to do behind the scenes, via the Terminal and its command-line — you just run some simple code. But now, you can alert your user too — about anything — via OS X’s built-in Notification Center.
One example (stolen from the article) — a notification can open URL addresses as well as applications, if the user clicks on it:
terminal-notifier -message "Time to summarize the day.
Open a new text document now?"
-title "You will probably soon leave the office"
(Without the line breaks in the example above, of course…)
Great, free service for all Instagram users. Description (from their website):
Copygram — share, print & back up your instagram photos
Access, share, and secure instagram content by using your favorite device – may it be your desktop, laptop, or ipad – we’ve got you covered.
View and share Instagram photos anywhere on the web
Go social - Follow, Comment, and Like your favorite photos and feeds
Back up your entire feed and worry no more
Print and share the grams you love the most in our brand new print shop
Browse with ease - Copygram is iPad and desktop compatible
Sign in with your Instagram account to get started, or discover the Instagram network pronto by typing your favorite username or hashtag into the explore box.
Updated: Some Markdown errors were corrected, so now there’s spacing between the sentences above. The header, bullet list and pararagraphs were one single big lump of text, without row breaks… Apparently, Tumblr seems to dislike when you mix HTML and Markdown…
A graphical tool for all (HTML5) web designers. I haven’t tried it yet, but if I would summarize it I’d say it’s a non-bloated and more modern version of Dreamweaver.
You can write your own code from scratch and see how it visually links to elements on the web page. A little bit like Xcode’s Interface Builder.
According to their website:
Flux is an advanced HTML5 Web Design application, capable of creating stunning sites from scratch. Flux isn’t a template based solution, it’s a creative design environment. Flux has comprehensive support for HTML and CSS, including Image Maps, CSS Gradients, custom fonts, and almost everything else.
However — is it worth 899 SEK (approximately 129 USD or 99 EUR)?
Great way of installing Ruby (and all wonderful RubyGems) without having to touch the Terminal. Instead, JewelryBox provides a graphical interface and a complete overview.
According to their website:
JewelryBox allows you the freedom to manage your rubies, gemsets and gems from a graphical environment. Take advantage of the native OS X application interface with a 100% pure objective-c code base. Out of the box, JewelryBox runs natively on Mac OS X Lion and Mac OS X Snow Leopard.
And it’s free! (Although – as always – please donate if you find software useful…)
Great initiative, and an addictive game — especially if you like typography.
I sincerely hope the art of good kerning, leading and tracking never will be forgotten. Besides beautiful fonts, in the end really what makes great typography great.