Alfred Version 3

From the Alfred blog:

This week, Alfred celebrates his 6th birthday. While eating birthday cake is always exciting, it’s with even greater excitement that we can finally announce that Alfred version 3 is on the way, and we have a great deal for everyone!

The new features and improvements are shaping up beautifully; Vastly more flexible workflows, significantly improved clipboard history and snippets, and a fully overhauled theme editor, amongst the many changes you’ll see.

I love Alfred, and am happy to see a great new version coming out soon. I might even write a review.

An Interview with Una Kravets | CSS-Tricks

Una Kravets:

…a lot of time people hear these new terms in the dev world and they get kind of worried because the more people are talking about them the more it seems like everybody is using them and you’re just behind. But really, people are just talking about new things because they’re new. Making that distinction is kind of freeing because you realize that it’s okay to not have all the answers immediately and take a second to understand why people are using something instead of jumping in because it’s “the new hotness.”

Just one of the gems from this interview. I recommend it.

Spark Launches on iPad | MacStories

Federico Viticci:

With all the email clients we’ve seen launch to great promise and eventually be abandoned for something else, it’s difficult to make the case that Spark will be around for years to come when the business aspect is still up in the air. While companies like Microsoft and Google release their email client for free to get users into their ecosystems, Readdle doesn’t have an ecosystem of web services to lock users into, and yet everything is still available for free, for everyone.

A compelling reason not to use Spark. Quality apps that stick around are funded by loyal customers or big companies that justify the expense. When an app doesn’t have either, why fall in love only to be heartbroken?

The 10 Most Popular Web Fonts of 2015 (And Fonts You Should Consider Using Instead) | Typewolf

Jeremiah Shoaf:

Welcome to the third annual edition of the ten most popular web fonts of the year as featured on Typewolf. Based on font usage data from 365 websites featured over 2015, these are the ten fonts that were used the most often…

While reviewing the data for this year, I noticed something a little disconcerting: this year’s top ten list is almost identical to the top ten list from 2014. Other than swapping out Franklin Gothic with Brown, these are exactly the same ten fonts that were featured the most on Typewolf last year.

Feels like we’re taking the easy way out with all these geometric, sans-serif typefaces, peeps.

Reeling Rockets Reportedly Looking to Deal Howard |

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After another listless, desultory effort in a loss at Portland that sent them staggering into the All-Star break with a record below .500 and out of the Western Conference playoff seedings, interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff said his team was “broken.”

So the response might be to break the Rockets up completely.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports is reporting that general manager Daryl Morey is reaching out around the league about trading center Dwight Howard.

Here’s a story I saw back in Mexico, and couldn’t write about it. The trade deadline came and went; no deal. And I mean, c’mon, who would take it? Howard had made it clear that he was going to opt out of the final year of his contract. No team was going to send some quality players and maybe some picks for a few months with him.

Come June, Dwight will leave yet another team, only solidifying the fact that he is the problem. With age, injuries, and a skill set that leaves a lot to be desired, we’ll see what city will get to complain about him next.

Light Frames, Great Content |

Uncle Dave:

Abiding in “light frames, great content” means I’m not limited by an arbitrary number of kilobytes. Some content needs to be bigger, commented, zoomed-in on, animated, felt, sung, interacted with, played. It’s not a zealous adherence to metrics, but a single question: “Does the content justify the kilobytes?”

I love this. Instead of being dogmatic about rules, we do what’s best by the content and those who visit the sites we build.

NBA Shoe Deals

Nick DePaula writing for Yahoo Sports takes you on an eye-opening experience about shoe deals in the NBA:

To start, there’s a common misconception among casual fans that only star players have shoe deals. When I tweeted out last month that Nick Young was signing a new shoe deal with adidas, the first response was, “Why is adidas giving Nick Young his own shoe?”

The truth is, only 10 players currently have their own signature shoe with a U.S.-based brand, but literally every player in the league has some level of relationship with a footwear brand.

I’m Done with MacBooks |

Khoi Vinh:

What I’m starting to believe is that desktop operating systems like OS X might not be all that well suited for these away-from-your-desk use cases, that in spite of the overwhelming success of laptops as a form factor, they’re really not what we should be using on the go. Granted, it’s true that iOS has a ways to go before it can replace OS X for everyone, but that doesn’t mean that OS X is the really the right long-term solution for mobile productivity.

Fascinating post. Personally, I’m not yet in a place to say “I’m done.” But in just the past six months I’ve started doing things I only used to do with my Mac. My inclination is that list will only grow.