March 2011

March 19, 2011

Anne Smiles

I love this kid. :)

March 17, 2011

Fireproof Blogging

Brent Simmons:

And so, even in the year 2011, if your weblog gets Fireballed, there’s a good chance it won’t be able to handle it. That seems crazy.

That is crazy. But here’s some anecdotal evidence that suggests going back to static publishing isn’t necessarily the answer.

I got Fireballed last year and TypePad (the app that serves my blog) didn’t so much as break a sweat.

I don’t know all the ins and outs of how TypePad handles load balancing, caching, and so forth but I know a lot of great engineers put a tremendous amount of work into building a platform that can handle that kind of traffic.

(I should probably also mention that I’ve been working for the company that owns TypePad for almost seven years.) :)

Update: Sam runs with it. (I have nothing but love for Brent and everything he’s done, but Sam makes some good points.)

March 12, 2011

Stellar

Jason Kottke:

People favorite things on all sorts of services across the web and the services don’t really do anything with them. They take the stuff that people love the most and ignore it. And that’s a damned shame. So I built Stellar.

Awesome. Surfacing this information is exactly why I started tinkering with the my little Microfeed/Mobile whatsit. But take that, blow it up a bit, add following, and cha-ching. Very nice work.

You can follow me on Stellar, if you’re so inclined.

March 7, 2011

Device-Optimized Apple Touch Icons

I completely missed this when iOS 4.2 came out but it looks like iPhones, iPads, and the like will look for Apple Touch Icons that are optimized for the device before falling back to the (now) generic option. I was going to look into using link tags, media queries, and resolution values to guess the device, but this is much better. And it’s great news for people with icons that look terrible when they’re automatically resized. :)

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