Monthly Archives: November 2014

November 28, 2014

Apple’s site for the new Retina iMac is quite slick. A good use of transitions and effects highlighting the product’s number one feature.

November 27, 2014


Charted is a tool for automatically visualizing data, created by the Product Science team at Medium. Provide the link to a data file and Charted returns a beautiful, interactive, and shareable chart of the data. Charted is deliberately sparse in formatting and data transformation options, and instead gives you a few powerful core features:

  • Rendering well on all screen sizes, including monitors
  • Re-fetching the data and updating the chart every 30 minutes
  • Moving data series into separate charts
  • Adjusting the chart type, labels/titles, and background

This is just awesome. There’s a hosted version available at in case you don’t want to run the software yourself.

Word of the Day

suspiration, noun
The act of breathing, not necessarily for a sustained period (compare respiration, which is sustained)

(via Wiktionary)

November 24, 2014
November 22, 2014

Let's Encrypt

Let’s Encrypt is a free, automated, and open certificate authority (CA), run for the public’s benefit. Let’s Encrypt is a service provided by the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG).

The service is due to launch in summer 2015, but unless all browser vendors choose to include it as a trusted CA, it will be dead in the water. So far, I haven’t been able to find out if such an agreement has been made. Maybe they are using IdenTrust as a cross-signing partner.

November 20, 2014

"Vape" is named Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2014

vape, verb
Inhale and exhale the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device
vape, noun
An electronic cigarette or similar device; an act of inhaling and exhaling the vapour produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device

Last year’s word was selfie.