From the top: Chapter 1, Part 1 of The Internet History Podcast.
Joel Spolsky announces the public beta of HyperDev, “a developer playground for building full-stack web-apps fast.”
Likely the canonical review of Mr Robot, Season #1. By Matt Zoller Seitz.
As announced at WWDC 2016, Macworld summarizes the new things in iOS 10. Among them are voicemail transcription, a new Home app for HomeKit-enabled devices, and a redesigned Control Center.
Lately I’ve noticed an irritating profusion of paid-in-kind reviews on Amazon—see Is Amazon Doing Anything To Fight Latest Wave Of Fake, Paid-For Reviews? in The Consumerist. I think that allowing this is a huge mistake on Amazon’s part—the first I can remember seeing them make. It essentially makes their incredibly valuable review functionality—even other retailers include it in their web sites—valueless. Worse, it’s irritating and draining, because you have to scan to the end of a review to find out if it’s been subsidized by the vendor. See “How to Snag a Deal by Writing an Amazon Review” in USA Today. The current antidote? fakespot.com.
Nicely presented on Vimeo, Jen Simmons of The Web Ahead podcast gives a 1-hour talk on web design at a 2016 An Event Apart conference entitled Modern Layouts: Getting Out of Our Ruts. Lots of nice slides of magazine layouts, where she suggests web designers should be returning for inspiration.
Centralized or distributed computing? It’s a pendulum.
Hoefler & Co provides a wad of typography tips for mobile.
Ben Thompson on Apple: if they really want to become a services company they’ll have to change their fabled organizational structure.
MindBody is a web-based management system widely used by yoga studios. Using MindBody’s SOAP-based API, eeMindBody provides an easy way for a studio’s ExpressionEngine web site to access its MindBody data.
Send an email without using a form from within an ExpressionEngine template.
This free plugin lets you send an email from within an ExpressionEngine template without the user submitting a form. It works in both EE v1.x and v2.x.
It’s probably most likely to be useful when placed within an embedded template that is loaded using ajax by some user action in the parent template.
Michael Rog has written a similar plugin: Email-from-Template.