The Secret of Steve – Kevin Ashton on Medium

“For several years I was a member of the research advisory board of a company that made cell phones. Every year it gave me its latest phone. I found each one harder to use than the last, as did other board members. It was no secret Apple might make a phone: The risk was always dismissed, since Apple had never made a phone. A few months after Apple’s phone became available, the board met and I asked what the company thought of it. The Chief Engineer said, ‘It has a really bad microphone.’” via The Secret of Steve | Kevin Ashton | Medium

Why can’t we read anymore? – Hugh McGuire on Medium

I read Hugh McGuire’s post Why can’t we read anymore? yesterday, and last night I was inspired to not watch TV, avoid the Internet, and read a good book before bed. I dare you to click over, start reading, and see if you don’t feel compelled to at least finish his post before moving on to something else. Then, if you find Hugh’s words inspiring, convicting, or something else, I’d love to hear back from you.

BTW: I get the fact that me posting a link to Hugh’s piece on my *tumblog* has an irony to it.

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Links of Interest – April 24, 2015

I’ve got several great links that I haven’t found the time to post individually. It’s time to shake the dust off and share them with you in a nice big batch:

45 Years after Apollo 13 – What went wrong and why? – Ars Technica provides a look at the real story behind Apollo 13:

Space industry insiders have a love-hate relationship with Ron Howard’s 1995 film Apollo 13. On one hand, the movie depicted many aspects of NASA’s Apollo program with an extremely high degree of accuracy, and it did so in a positive light. The film also helped elevate the Apollo 13 mission and the tremendous engineering work that occurred during its seven days to near-mythical status.

On the other hand, Apollo 13 the film is rife with Hollywood-isms—mostly focused around “amping up” the interpersonal relations between characters. Astronauts Jim Lovell, Jack Swigert, and Fred Haise never raised their voices or yelled at each other on the far side of the moon; no one was ever worried about Swigert’s piloting abilities; and grounded astronaut Ken Mattingly didn’t actually lock himself in a simulator and personally devise a solution for the spacecraft’s power issues. [Read more…] – an album on Flickr – a thorough gallery of screenshots of the home page. (HT: Daring Fireball/John Gruber)

George Lucas wants to build affordable housing on his land – I like this guy. I hope his plan works out for all those concerned:

Lucas has decided to bankroll the project himself. “George Lucas said, ‘If I’m not going to do what I wanted to do there, what can I do that would be really beneficial to this community?’” Marin County Supervisor Steve Kinsey told KCBS.

Quadruple Rainbow – Fast Company updates us on the science behind “quadruple rainbows” and explains that this viral tweet from Tuesday isn’t one of those, but it’s a cool shot nonetheless:

Photo credit: PEEKSPACE – curated free-to-use space photography – A Full-Fledged WordPress Cloud IDE

WordPress development takes to the cloud with WPide. The new service provides you with a cloud-based development environment that takes care of your code editor, development server, and more.

Given that I prefer to roll my own development setups, this service doesn’t interest me that much. However, I can see how this might be useful if you’re just getting started with creating your development workflows.

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Responsive Tables in Pure CSS

We recently overhauled our payment statement tables for mobile web in Merchant Center. Our goal was to meet the following requirements:

  • No javascript. You can find all sorts of plugins to but it’s nice to go with a pure CSS solution if at all possible.
  • The text must be localized so no storing plain text in the stylesheets, nullifying Chris Coyer’s recommendation though the end result is built upon his idea. Plus it’s nice to keep the content in the views where it belongs.
  • No adjusting the font-size to 8px and cramming everything in 🙂

via Responsive Tables in Pure CSS – LivingSocial’s Technology Blog.


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