1. John Nye: Barnaby Walters last time I used mozilla it was poor experience (2011), but validation of extensions was a manual process by someone.

    .@john_nye all the stores I’ve submitted extensions to do manual reviews. Mozilla:

    • gives two review options (fast and slow),
    • runs loads of automated tests in a web interface to suggest things to fix,
    • gives you the choice of which review to use, and creates a public URL from which the extension can be installed while the review’s in process

    Safari and Opera have fairly basic, boring forms for uploading stuff, and are extremely picky and unclear about exact image sizes for screenshots and icons. There’s also no “review in progress” page, but otherwise acceptable.

    Obviously I’ve not been able to actually submit an extension to the Chrome store, but I’d hope that it’s a damned good experience for $5. If they are doing automatic reviews, then the price becomes even more counter-intuitve. If they’ve automated it, surely it’s cheaper and quicker for them?

  2. A 2003 iSight sitting on top of a 2012 iPad:

    The iSight was built to work with a great many products, and as a result is extensible. The lead is a standard Apple firewire lead nested inside an adapter which can fit onto many different attachments. On the attachment, there’s a thumbscrew, so that same clear plastic hook can join onto items of many different thicknesses (such as the iPad). That’s four levels of modularity.

    The iPad was built to be useful for two years, tops, before being replaced. Its dock connector is already out of date. Its case is incompatible with the previous model.

    Which is better designed? Which will retain its value longer?

  3. # I'm sorry to have to inform you of this ## But what I am about to tell you is backed up by solid evidence. ## It took many long and complicated trials ### Using equipment developed specially for this task. ### Millions of research dollars #### and countless man hours. ## But the result is solid. #### Worth the expense # **Irrefutable.** ## The sad, but real, # *truth*. ## … The smart cover is *no more intelligent* that it's 'dumb' predecessor. #apple #ipad

    I'm sorry to have to inform you of this

    But what I am about to tell you is backed up by solid evidence.

    It took many long and complicated trials

    Using equipment developed specially for this task.

    Millions of research dollars

    and countless man hours.

    But the result is solid.

    Worth the expense

    Irrefutable.

    The sad, but real,

    truth.

    The smart cover is no more intelligent that it's 'dumb' predecessor.

  4. Figured out the bit of js that provides Safari with a custom top sites preview site, a la iCloud: if(window.navigator&&window.navigator.loadPurpose==="preview") { window.location.href="ADDRESS OF TOP SITES PREVIEW" }; #webdesign #apple #safari #javascript #js

    Figured out the bit of js that provides Safari with a custom top sites preview site, a la iCloud:

    if(window.navigator&&window.navigator.loadPurpose==="preview") { window.location.href="ADDRESS OF TOP SITES PREVIEW" };