HTML5′s <track> Element

After reading this article you’ll understand how to add timed media tracks like subtitles to your media files. Also, you’ll get to know how these add to the SEO value of the web page.

What Twitter Isn’t Telling You About GIFs

The 13 year old in all of us rejoiced when Twitter started supporting GIFS! Yaayyy, but I’m here to crush your dreams, Twitter’s GIFs are actually displayed as looping videos.

Stop Asking Me to “Sign Up”

Take this example from a great company I work with. Like many startups, Scalyr—a log aggregation and monitoring tool—asked its visitors to “sign up.” I suggested that we test a version of the button that gives and compels: “Try it Free”. Here’s what happened:

Asking visitors to Try it Free increased clicks by 212%.

The Dirt Whispered - Rise Against (Guitar Cover)

the dirt whispered from Stephen Ausman on Vimeo.

Equipment used

  • Gibson Les Paul Studio
  • Blackstar HT60 Soloist
  • MXR EVH90 Phase 90
  • Audix i5 mic

Fat Lip - Sum 41 (Guitar Cover)

Pencil / Surface Pressure

Paper is such a cool app. Makes me want to learn to draw.

Pencil / Surface Pressure from FiftyThree on Vimeo.

Gruber on the iPhone 5C and 5S

Here’s the thing. The iPhone 5C has nothing to do with price.

It’s just that instead of putting the year-old iPhone 5 in slot #2, they’ve created the 5C to debut in that slot. The 5C is, effectively, an iPhone 5. Same A6, same camera, same just about everything — except for the most obvious difference, its array of colorful plastic shells. … The prices of the iPhone tiers remain the same as last year. What changes with the 5C is that the middle tier is suddenly more appealing, and has a brand of its own that Apple can promote apart from the flagship 5S.

In marketing, what looks new is new.

This move is about establishing the iPhone as a two-sibling family, like how the MacBooks have both the Airs and the Pros. Think of the 5C as the Air, and the 5S as the Pro. Or iMac and Mac Pro. The iPhone is growing up as a product family.

Great analysis.

Blind Browser

If only they had a browser that did the opposite. Until then I’ll keep saving for a Retina MacBook Pro…

Startup Edition

This is really cool. I just subscribed.

Startup Edition is a curated gathering of bloggers in the startup community, sharing their wisdom and response to a single question each week.

iOS 7 Animations Take Too Long

The Springboard animations take far too long.

It’s pretty cool the first time we see all of the icons fly in. But do we really need to sit through that every time we unlock the phone or leave an app?

Animation can be impressive, instructive, and delightful when done right. But when it’s too heavy-handed, it becomes annoying and patronizing: You think you’re impressing me, but you’re wasting my time.

Cut the animation durations in half.


The Job

The entire article is a great read, but I love this quote in particular:

I need to relate the problem to a situation in order to understand it. The reason I am making a product is to give people capability they lack. That’s why they pay for it. The gap between the person’s current situation and the situation they want to be in defines value for them. They hire your product to do a job. The job is their definition of progress from here to there.

Yahoo Tops Google As Biggest Website (Even Without Tumblr)

Don’t these stories normally read the other way around?

Tridiv: A web-based editor for creating 3D shapes in CSS

Very cool. One of those apps I could never make.

Packer v0.1

A new open source project from Mitchell Hashimoto, creator of Vagrant.

Packer is an open source tool for creating machine images, such as AMIs, VirtualBox images, Vagrant boxes, etc. Packer uses a single portable input format – a template – to generate the images for multiple platforms in parallel, so you can create identical AMIs, VMware machines, etc. all at once. This unlocks a lot of interesting use cases.

Vesper App

I’ve been using Vesper for the past week. It’s a great app, especially for a 1.0 release. My only big request is a way to use it when I’m not on my phone.