March 2010

March 26, 2010

Walk

I like our guy. It looks like he’s doing the robot. Plus, no hands or feet:

Walk

via Devin Castro

March 26, 2010

Next Steps

I just used Southwest’s iPhone app to check in for a flight. You enter your confirmation number and your name, then you select the reservation, and finally you’re brought to the “Boarding Pass” screen.

And then you’re on your own. Do I need to print and bring the email I got when I made the reservation? Do I need to visit a kiosk at the airport before going through security? It would have been nice if their app had given me a hint as to what to do next.

Posted from my iPhone.

March 19, 2010

Nike+

David:

I’m a couple generations behind on the NikePlus experience, so I plugged it in this morning to see how it had evolved. The iPhone app and web dashboard are completely new to me, and entirely for the better.

Ben:

I totally agree! I haven’t been running for the past couple of years, either, but I started up again a couple of weeks ago, just casually, and NikePlus has gotten even better than it used to be.

+1!

Nike+ is phenomenal and probably my favorite new feature of the iPhone 3GS. I’ve been using it at the gym for a little while and it’s been a lot of fun to track my progress. And, since it can be configured to automatically update Twitter it’s easy to include those updates in my little Microfeed project. :)

Over time I’ve accumulated a bunch of little accessories including the sensor, a sensor case so I don’t have to buy special shoes, an armband, and some control-less earphones (sweat unfortunately wreaks havoc with Apple earphone controls).

The last one is a little unfortunate as it’s a huge pain to adjust the volume or change tracks without earphone controls but I haven’t found a better solution for this yet. If you’ve got one, please let me know.

I also want to try RunKeeper at some point. I’ve heard good things.

March 17, 2010

Avatar Disc Release Date Logic

Avatar is coming to Blu-ray on April 22 rather than waiting until the holiday shopping season:

Why not wait until the most propitious time of year to release such a monster title in order to maximize sales? Because it would be against the law in France to wait beyond June 1. And if you release it in France, under EU rules, you’ve effectively released it throughout the EU. And if you release it in the EU, you’ve effectively released it throughout Blu-ray’s Region B, which includes Africa and the Middle East as well as Australia and New Zealand, where they speak a version of English. And if you’re going to release a movie with an English soundtrack in Region B, you might as well release it in Region A, which includes the United States, because it’s going to end up on the Internet sooner or later, probably sooner.

Welcome to life under France’s new three-strikes regime.

via The Media Wonk ← via Jonathan Anderson ← via Chris Messina ← via mastooo ← via Yann

Craziness. Still, I’m looking forward to getting Tabitha’s take on Avatar. Thanks France!

March 8, 2010

Valve Announces Steam and Source for Mac

Steam for Mac

Sweet:

Valve announced today it will bring Steam, Valve’s gaming service, and Source, Valve’s gaming engine, to the Mac.

Steam and Valve’s library of games including Left 4 Dead 2, Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike, Portal, and the Half-Life series will be available in April.

And…

Portal 2 will be Valve’s first simultaneous release for Mac and Windows. “Checking in code produces a PC build and Mac build at the same time, automatically, so the two platforms are perfectly in lock-step,” said Josh Weier, Portal 2 Project Lead. “We’re always playing a native version on the Mac right alongside the PC. This makes it very easy for us and for anyone using Source to do game development for the Mac.”

I’m looking forward to finally playing Portal. I’ve heard good things.

March 6, 2010

Snow Day

Snow Day

Our quasi-impromptu one-day ski trip was a great success.

Posted from my iPhone.

March 4, 2010

HTML WG Working Drafts

Noted for future studying:

Time to shorten your doctypes.

March 2, 2010

Android Browser UI Scaling

If you find that your Android phone’s browser is scaling down your web app’s UI even though you configured your viewport with the standard “width”, “initial-scale”, and “maximum-scale” configuration, try setting the “minimum-scale” as well.

You wouldn’t think it would be necessary, yet here we are. :)

Posted from my iPhone.

Previous Month
Next Month