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A More Usable Skype 5 Mac Beta

The new Skype for mac has so many problems. Better video quality but serious UI issues. Full screen mode and partial screen sharing are gone but this skin solves the too-much-whitespace issue.

This skin is easy to install and does a great job.

after A More Usable Skype 5 Mac Beta

We’ve created a quick and simple custom style named “RocketTheme.SkypeChatStyle” that incorporates the following:

  • Smaller font sizes
  • Reduced paddings and margins
  • Visible avatars and names for all members of the conversation including yourself
  • Lighter borders and colors

via A Prettier More Usable Skype 5 Mac Beta.

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Dr. Seuss does Star Wars

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The Star Wars universe blends with the goofy, strangely-named world of Dr. Seuss pretty easily.

via Not only, but also.: Dr. Seuss does Star Wars.

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Building an HTML email is not like building for the web

A great article about the challenges of building HTML for email clients. I had banged my head on many of these challenges and want to reiterate his point below to “keep it simple”.

While web browsers continue their onward march towards standards, many email clients have stubbornly stayed put. Some have even gone backwards. In 2007, Microsoft switched the Outlook rendering engine from Internet Explorer to Word. Yes, as in the word processor. Add to this the quirks of the major web-based email clients like Gmail and Hotmail, sprinkle in a little Lotus Notes and you’ll soon realize how different the email game is.

via 24 ways: Rock Solid HTML Emails.

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TextExpander vs Typeit4me: one bug to rule them

I am trying out “TextExpander” because I was having a problem with Typeit4me where it would stop working often with no reason. The TextExpander folks got back to me quickly with an explanation and I have to assume it is affecting many people. There is a bug in Firefox and Chrome where they enable secure input but don’t disable it.

This bug is particularly infuriating because it doesn’t seem clear to the end user what causes it. However, it does have a cause, a workaround, and it does seem to be getting some traction from the Mozilla folks.

When these browsers display a password field, they turn on secure event input so that no one, including TextExpander, can peek at your passwords. Problem is, if you use the Return key to submit a form from within its secure field, they won’t turn secure event input off. This appears to be a bug they’ve inherited from some Firefox code they use.

The workaround is to use the submit button rather than using Return in the password field. 1Password is similarly affected by this bug. The workaround there is to turn off auto-submit and just use auto-fill then press the button to submit.

THE SOLUTION: Usually when you quit the application that enabled secure input (permanently) it will be disabled and all will be back to normal.

When editing a password field on the Mac, Firefox ultimately calls EnableSecureEventInput to prevent other input managers from sniffing the user’s password. If I exit the password field by clicking in another field, or by clicking the “submit” button, then Firefox properly calls DisableSecureEventInput. However, if I exit the password field by hitting return (thereby submitting the form), then DisableSecureEventInput is not called, and other input managers on the system are permanently locked out of keyboard input.

Steps to Reproduce:

  1. create a form that has an input field of type “password” and an input of type “submit”
  2. use Firefox, and type in the password form
  3. set a breakpoint on DisableSecureEventInput
  4. exit the form by hitting return

Actual Results: DisableSecureEventInput is not called, and other input managers are locked out of keyboard input

via Bug 556873 – exiting a password field by pressing return fails to disable secure entry mode.
Feel free to vote it up….

and after I use TextExpander a while longer I will comment in more detail about how it compares. so far it seems to be faster and not stumble on replacements when I type fast.

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PayPal iPhone app review: deposit check with a photo

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Another innovative feature from PayPal. This is free. Deposit a check just by taking a photo of it with your iPhone camera.

I tried it and it took 7 days for the check to clear. Not exactly warp speed so I hope that will improve over time. But still feels “futuristic”.

Simple to do:

  1. Launch the PayPal app, click Tools, and choose Add Money From Checks.
  2. View your previous check status or click Capture New Check.
  3. Take a picture of both sides—make sure all the information is clear.
  4. Set the amount of your check and click Process Check.

via PayPal iPhone app now lets you add money to your account for free.

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Exhibition: SFMOMA ShadowShop

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I’ll have a couple items in this big store-in-the-gallery at SFMOMA. On display till May 1, 2011.

1)
I’ll have a small book:
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2)
…and a series of pens—an older “artist multiple” project.

  • YOUR INHERITANCE WILL BE PLASTIC
  • RECYCLE EVERYTHING BUT THE PAST
  • FORGET TO REPRODUCE
  • YOU ARE GRATEFUL FOR YOUR SUPER POWERS
  • WE THOUGHT BEAUTY WOULD BE ENOUGH.WE WERE, OF COURSE, WRONG.

UPDATE: now that the sale is over, buy the pens directly from me

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Events:
Friday, November 19, 2010 from 7-10: MEMBER OPENING RECEPTION. Please note that Shadowshop is not itself an exhibition but is one work amongst many in a much larger show. If you look for it online you won’t find it listed on its own.

Saturday, December 2, from 7-9:45pm is the SHADOWSHOP ARTIST PARTY!
All are welcome with half-price museum admission, or free with Membership. I’ll be there.

FAQ
What is Shadowshop?
A temporary vending project by Stephanie Syjuco embedded within the galleries of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Shadowshop sells affordable artist wares and attempts to create an access point for the distribution of Bay Area creative production. Shadowshop is part of the exhibition “The More Things Change” and is sponsored by the SFMOMA Live Art program. Special commissioned projects by Packard Jennings, Imin Yeh, and Juan Luna-Avin will explore issues of art, labor, and capitalism.

What are your hours? Open during normal museum hours
Monday – Tuesday: 11:30am -5pm
Wednesday: closed
Thursday: 11:30am – 8:45pm
Friday – Sunday: 11:30am – 5pm

Please visit the SFMOMA website for specific hours and directions. ShadowShop is closed during museum holidays.

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Redesigning the Boarding Pass

An interesting discussion of why current boarding pass designs are badly designed and don’t serve their users well. With a wide variety of sketches to stimulate the eye.

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It was like someone put on a blindfold, drank a fifth of whiskey, spun around 100 times, got kicked in the face by a mule (the person who designed this definitely has a mule living with them inside their house) and then just started puking numbers and letters onto the boarding pass at random (yes, I realize that a human didn’t lay this out, if a human had, judging by the train-wreck of design, they would have surely used papyrus). There was nothing given size or color importance over anything else, it was a mess.

via Redesigning the Boarding Pass – Journal – Boarding Pass / Fail.

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Exhibition: Scene Unseen

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Scene Unseen, a group show at Rayko Photo Center
November 11 – December 12, 2010
reception: November 11, 6-8pm, Free

Photographed or created spaces and places that haven’t been seen like this before. I’ll have 4 large panoramic images from Kyoto and elsewhere in southern Japan.

View reception and installation photos on Flickr
Read review in SFWeekly

11 artists: Erik Auerbach, Adam Ekberg, Lee Fenyves, Christine Laptuta, Daniel Marchand, Mary Parisi, Ari Salomon, Philipp Striebe, David Wasserman, Lane Wilson, and Eric Zeigler. Also on view are images by Marna Clarke, Victoria Heilweil, Una Hayes Ingram and Richard Man from our Photographer’s Marketplace.

Reception: I’ll be there. Come have a glass of wine, and listen to some live music between 6-8pm. RayKo is located at 428 Third Street close to Giants’ Stadium…and now that baseball season is over, you can find a parking spot! Street parking is free after 6.

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Cool Tools: The Best Magazine Articles Ever

This is a great collection of articles covering a wide range of topics. I’ve made my way through half of them and have not been disappointed.

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The following are suggestions for the best magazine articles in English ever.  Stars denote how many times a correspondent has suggested it.

This is a work in progress. It is a on-going list of suggestions collectively made by readers of this post. At this point the list has not been vetted or selected by me. In fact, other than the original five items I suggested, all of the articles mentioned here have been recommended by someone other than me.

via Cool Tools: The Best Magazine Articles Ever.

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Plugin notes: Riffly video comments

Riffly:
It’s a module/plugin that integrates with an online service that will host video and audio comments. It lets you add video or audio to a comment or to a blog post – or any node. It uses a flash interface that looks for a mic or webcam attached to your computer.

But this plugin is pretty old and seems to not be updated. Might be another case of a company that could not deliver on the fremuim model. Anyone know of something similar?

WordPress plugin is here.
Drupal module is here.

Demo was here – but not working now so i removed the link:

http://drupal.hyrme.com/mods/node/7#comment-74

Note there are ads on the video. Not very intrusive, though.For users who get a premium account advertising is removed (up to the limit of the chosen plan) as well as additional features.

Drupal development notes: you might need to “switch to plain text editor” when leaving multimedia comments.

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