Monthly Archives: September 2011

September 28, 2011


The site’s name stands for if this then that. Replace this with a action performed on a popular online service and that with a task to perform on another service, and ifttt makes it happen. For example: if i get a new email labelled “urgent” in Gmail then send me a text message.

I’m having one of those “why didn’t I think of that?” moments. A genius service.

September 22, 2011

Bad opinion generator

A random sampling of history’s most clueless predictions — from faulty scientific forecasts to sweeping political statements.

I can’t help clicking for just one more quote. (via mental_floss)

September 13, 2011

BUILD Windows

In case you missed it, you can watch the entire keynote here.

Hands on with Windows 8

From the BUILD conference. Very in-depth, with lots of information on how the revamped Start menu and overall Metro UI work.

But even in this early state, Windows 8 is unambiguously a first-class tablet operating system.

Update: you can read the press release from the Build Windows event on Microsoft’s website.

September 9, 2011


Keymaster is a simple (100 LoC or so) micro-library for defining and dispatching keyboard shortcuts. It has no dependencies on any libraries so you can just drop it in your app and it will work, cross-browser.

Thinking of using this on the website.

September 8, 2011

Lessons from Valve – How to build a designer’s paradise

An absolutely astounding piece about how Valve hires and operates; written by a designer who has worked on Steam.

Their recruiting is equally enigmatic. Colleagues of mine far more talented than I mentioned how they had sent in resumes, but never heard back … Internal documents include long target lists, where Valve employees add names of the best and brightest innovators in the industry, and if/when they will be available.