Gmail’s Buggy IMAP Implementation ›

Gmail’s Buggy IMAP Implementation

Gmail’s labeling system could integrate marvelously with IMAP clients if only it used IMAP keywords. Instead, IMAP mailboxes are used to represent labels. All messages (sent and received) are always available in the “Gmail/[All Mail]” mailbox, so any time a message is labeled, a duplicate message is added to the label’s IMAP mailbox. IMAP clients then receive several copies of the same message, none of which integrate with the client-side labeling system. If Gmail had instead used IMAP keywords, only one message would be needed and integration would be seamless.

Agreed. This is how I thought Google would implement IMAP rather than in the manner they have. Either way I still use it, but I hope they let me choose whether or not I want the All Mail folder to be subscribed to.

(Via Daring Fireball.)

iPhone Mod ›

I came across this on my lunch breakan absolutely awesome iPhone mod.

When I initially read the headline I was some what amazed that anyone would want to mod their iPhone. Then I saw the pictures. Then I saw they do it to Nano’s. Then I wanted to do it to my Nano. Then I saw the price. Then I didn’t want to do it quite as much.

Either way it’s a pretty stylish looking mod to an already stylish device. I’d like to see Apple take note and add this to their design, or at least to the iPod’s. I’m still confused as to why they switched back to the chrome rear for the current Nano.

Sidepath URL Redirection App released for FREE

Sam Brown’s URL redirection app Sidepath has been released for free.

I have sold to date a couple of hundred copies of Sidepath and recouped what I believe is about the right amount of money that I would have charged a client for creating a little app such as this. Thus, today I am releasing Sidepath for free for everyone to enjoy.

Sidepath is a little app that has come across my path roughly every 6 months. This time I’ve decided to give it a try (Now it’s free I can try it out and if I get a lot of use from it I’ll officially buy my license).

John Gruber: A Mix of the Technical, the Artful, the Thoughtful, and the Absurd ›

John Gruber: A Mix of the Technical, the Artful, the Thoughtful, and the Absurd

I’ve wanted to link to this since I saw it pop up in my feed reader, but I’ve only just finished reading it. It’s just a very interesting, insightful interview from Shawn that I found very easy to read. I had planned to quote a favourite piece, but I’m afraid I’m copping out, I couldn’t pick one! I was struck by some of John’s answers though, they really demonstrated to me just how deeply he thinks, which is in turn rather thought provoking.

My Last Portfolio Sucked, Yours Might Too ›

Kyle Meyer presents a view of web portfolio’s.

A very interesting look at the errors designers make in building their web portfolio. I entirely agree. He makes some very good points, of which I am guilty of.

I would like to echo his point about sites that play background music, it’s insanely irritating. I’d also like to add another point. Sites that resize and move my browser window are also insanely annoying. In fact 99% of websites that do this cause me to close the window (or tab) straight away.

Shawn Blanc on Superduper ›

Shawn continues his excellent series of reviews on great Mac shareware. This time taking a look at backup application Superduper.

What I like about Shawn’s reviews is that he puts the app into a real life situation. The way he reviews them allows you to relate to the apps and to see how you can make use of them. Great stuff.

Interestingly I’m about to upgrade my iMac to Leopard, and I will be making use of this little app before the upgrade takes place. But after Shawn’s littl(?!) review I might make use of it more long term.

Tumble-log Design ›

I’ve just come across this awesome design for a Tumblr tumble-log.

It steps away from the traditional stream down the page and moves into a block style presentation. I really like the simplicity and style, but also the way the designer has not been afraid to step away from the norm.

Quality Content

When I first started writing this post, it was about RSS and how I’ve been taking stock of the websites I subscribe to and culling the ones that didn’t meet my objective of quality content. It turned into a post that documented my thoughts on what quality content is. Either way it was triggered by my feed reader and the way I could weed out the chaff. It ultimately rested on how can I sort out the feeds I want to read rather than feel I need to read because I’m subscribed to them.

So rather than tell you about my cull of feeds, I wanted to concentrate on the criteria I used. I came up with a definition of what I feel quality content is and I’m sure many of you will agree with it. It runs along these lines:

Quality content comes in two forms.

  1. I enjoy reading it. It’s a blog that when I see has new content I like to read it in NetNewsWire, and it’s one of the blogs I begin reading in NNW and then arrow out to Safari to save for a bit later when I can read it, enjoy it and digest it.
  2. It’s relevant. I have many different interests so if a blog is to remain in my feed collection it has to be relevant to me. Most importantly though, it has to make me think. If I’m challenged by what I read and makes me consider an aspect of my life or my blog or an issue in the world, then it’s worth keeping.

I guess most of all, I have to connect with it.

Whilst I went about the cull it made me think about my own blog. The last few days I’ve been very conscious that all I’ve done is post some links with my own thoughts. Whilst this is perfectly acceptable I want to be more than just a link poster, I want to create that content that would ensure I stay in my own feed reader. So I’ve managed not to get too worried about my lack of longer more considered posts and instead focus on making sure that when the time comes the posts I do write are well thought out and engaging.

At the end of the day it all boils down to the same thing. I want quality content. I want in on my own blog, but I want it in my feed reader. The best way to get that quality content, is to start providing it on your own blog and then rewarding those that are already providing it by subscribing. Either way, if you are giving others quality, they will give it to you.

BBC iPlayer to hit Macs in 2008 ›

BBC iPlayer to hit Macs in 2008

The BBC will launch a download version of its iPlayer online video service for Apple Mac users by the end of 2008.

Finally, some progress, although I like how they say 2008 and not a specific time in 2008. I guess we will be seeing this in December then?

On the other hand, I’m interested in how they are going to sort the DRM side of the downloads. As far as I know the Windows players uses Microsoft’s DRM and the videos expire after a week (or along those lines). Does this mean there is a new DRM on it’s way, or are the BBC going DRM free?

3 Things Humans Don’t Talk About ›

In his post urging people to go vote Cameron came up with this great little quote that I wanted to share.

I normally don’t talk about politics; it’s one of the three important topics that humans will never agree on. The other two are religion and operating system.

Obviously, I’ve heard that politics and religion won’t be agreed upon, but the geek in me liked the twist at the end. Maybe it will amuse you as much as it did me.

Typesites ›

Typesites has just been launched by Astheria owner Kyle Meyer. The about page best describes it:

Typesites is a biweekly showcase of websites with interesting typographic design

Each week two sites will be analysed by various guest writers and it certainly seems to be off to a good start with two well written articles under it’s belt. Definitely worth a subscribe.

(Via Cameron.)