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Paul Ford on HTML5 and the World of Web Standards
24 Nov 2014 6:28pm GMT You might have read that, on October 28th, W3C officially recommended HTML5. And you might know that this has something to do with apps and the Web. The question is: Does this concern you? Paul Ford, writing for The New Yorker: The answer, at least for citizens of the Internet, is yes: it is worth understanding both what HTML5 is and who controls the W3C. And it is worth knowing a little bit about the mysterious, conflict-driven cultural process whereby HTML5 became a...

iPhone 6 Pixels
24 Nov 2014 6:09pm GMT Bryan Jones put the iPhone 6 (regular) display under a microscope: When the iPhone 5 came out, Apple bonded the display to the glass in an effort to get the pixels closer to the surface and Apple has appeared to make the pixels in the 6 even closer still. .”Some of what we are seeing with the iPhone 6 may be a polarizing filter underneath the glass, but even so, the glass appears thinner and required less focus distance adjustment to get from the surface of the glass to the pixel on...

Retina OS X on the Original Macintosh
24 Nov 2014 5:57pm GMT Mike Solomon, writing at The Cleverest: I saw this great post about how tiny the original Macintosh screen was compared with the current (and enormous) Retina 5K iMac screen. So I thought I’d take the opposite approach. Below are 1-to-1 pixel mockups of how Mac OSX Yosemite would have appeared on the original Macintosh’s 512×342 pixel screen.  ★ 

Desk
22 Nov 2014 3:35pm GMT My thanks to John Saddington for sponsoring this week’s DF RSS feed to promote Desk, his blogging app for the Mac. Saddington has been blogging for more than a decade, but never found a blogging app that stuck. So, he built one for himself, focused on what matters most: writing. It’s called Desk, and it’s exclusively for OS X. (And it has one of the best app icons I’ve ever seen — perfect metaphor, beautifully rendered.) Desk has a simple, writing-focused UI. It...

The Secret Life of Passwords
21 Nov 2014 11:41pm GMT Terrific feature by Ian Urbina for the NYT Magazine: Several years ago I began asking my friends and family to tell me their passwords. I had come to believe that these tiny personalized codes get a bum rap. Yes, I understand why passwords are universally despised: the strains they put on our memory, the endless demand to update them, their sheer number. I hate them, too. But there is more to passwords than their annoyance. In our authorship of them, in the fact that we construct them so...

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