1. Solitaire Win by Skrekkøgle.

    Solitaire win sculpture by skrekkogle

    Solid work (pardon the pun) from Lars Marcus Vedeler and Theo Veterås. Discovered through Kottke and judging from the photos on the site they appear to play around just a few blocks from where I live.

  2. Instagram is far from Instant.

    It is not their fault and I’m proposing the preposterous: For Apple to add a button.

    The first digital cameras were painfully slow. Digital SLR’s were ready in an instant and made photography fun again. And when compact cameras were closing in on a decent speed; they were displaced by our smartphones and the roller coaster that is camera responsiveness hit another dull.

    These days your camera is never ready when you are. Multifunction devices have to subdivide its limited resources and that makes for a lot of overhead; switch mode, launch app, initialize camera. And the train has long since left the station –so to speak.

    Your smartphone needs dedicated hardware for camera operations, the photo sensor must be ready at all times1. This inevitably leads to increased costs and likely to lowered battery performance –Not to speak of one more of the appalling buttons. But it is all worth it; facilitating a grab of the total compact camera market.

    The new button will be context aware but always devoted to the camera. The iPhone volume-up button may go back to focus on just that; no more moonlighting as a shutter button (as per iOS 52).

    • When the camera app is inactive, a press on the new button will launch it.
    • Every press captures a photo, even outside the camera app. As a remedy for the most fleeting of photo ops; you shoot instantly from the hip, and when the app is ready, you may review the results or continue to shoot assisted by the viewfinder.
    • Press and hold the button momentarily to record video. The subsequent press stops recording.

    The entire photo app ecosystem will benefit from this and what is more: Instagram becomes instant.

    1. Motion sensing could potentially be used to regulate power consumption, activating the hardware when it detects motion, like an eager remote.

    2. iOS 5 will make the camera app more accessible but it will not improve the response time.

  3. An inconvenient precaution.

    Protecting your phone with a passcode is sensible and it is very inconvenient and I do not secure my devices for that reason. I know I should –and I would– if only we could pick what apps to protect. I’d require a passcode for Mail and for my notes app and keep most other apps unprotected. When someone nab my iPhone at least they may use the calculator.

    A per-app based passcode lock is enabled in the settings. Apps would be protected by default and you may choose what apps to have accessible without passcode. Described in the context of an iOS device but the concept is applicable to any platform.

    • When locked and the active app is protected, you are required to enter the passcode.
    • You may bypass the passcode by going to the home screen.
    • Entering the correct passcode once make all apps accessible until the lock is reinstated.
    • When locked, protected apps are indicated with a badge on their icon.
  4. Chrome and Safari extension to rehabilitate disruptive footnotes.

    Anchor-linked footnotes always disrupt your page position and consequently your flow when reading. Footnotify is a Browser Extension to display footnotes as a pop-over. All that without upsetting your point of reference. 1 ← Go ahead, click the footnote!

    Nice footnotes on Wikipedia

    Chrome: Click here and install Footnotify for Google Chrome.

    Safari: Download the extension bundle. Double click the the downloaded file to install to Safari.

    Footnotes on major sites like Wikipedia, Daring Fireball and Brooks Review are enhanced with this extension.

    Appreciate the idea? Follow @hpeikemo for more inspiration and ideas.

    Update: Johan (@kottkrig) created a Firefox port.

    1. It was initially created as a bookmarklet and an embeddable script. The script is currently employed on this page.

  5. Remember me now.

    You sign in and you forget to click remember me and you think, oh well, better check that next time. But you never do.

    Muscle memory is great and all that but it makes you go username-tab-password-enter before another thought ever enters your mind and the nuisance of the frequent sign in is sustained.

    For when you forgot to remember.

    So I plead for every decent site to let us ask to be remembered at any time after sign in. Ideally somewhere near the Sign Out button.

  6. Introducing: Footnotify Safari Extension.

    Until now, proper footnotes have required bookmarklets or scripts embedded on individual pages. But with this new extension; beautiful footnotes are automatically enabled on any page where the footnote-markup is parseable.

    Nice footnotes on Wikipedia

    Try before you install1 ← Go ahead, click the footnote!

    Install: Download the extension bundle. Double click the the downloaded file to install to Safari –and enjoy a better footnotes experience on many sites. 2

    This early release is not thoroughly optimized. It’s not much worse than anything else out there but I would like to find a way to defer loading of jQuery and more until actual footnotes are detected on a page. Presently I have not found a way to conditionally inject scripts.

    Find bugs? Let me know. If you’d like to port this extension to other browsers. Just do that; more details in this post.

    Update: A Chrome Extension have been published.

    1. With the Footnotify extension more sites get pop-over footnotes.

    2. Footnotes on major sites like Wikipedia, Daring Fireball and Brooks Review are enhanced with this extension.

  7. Tap to copy –click to paste.

    Having a piece of information on the phone when you need it on the computer and vice versa is an increasingly recurring problem. And it becomes more prevalent the more devices you use. (I’m on four.) All sort of exotic gestures are developed to solve this. Palm/HP does touch-to-share. Google is experimenting with Deep Shot.

    But why not do it simply. Most people are familiar with the clipboard metaphor and the infrastructure for a Cloud Clipboard is already1 in place for some platforms.

    Copy data between devices

    Once you enable your devices to use Cloud Clipboard anything you copy to the cloud is available on all devices. That be snippets of text but also photos, videos, and anything the clipboard supports.

    If cloud clipboard is released as an open protocol it becomes possible to copy/paste between Androids, iPhones, webOS, Mac OS X, Windows, and more. There will still be a need to transfer information to friends and devices outside of your private cloud. And for that we will need some sort of standardized handshake2. Until then a private cloud clipboard solves 95% of the use cases.

    What do you think? I’m not in the position to implement this but Apple is. And I would love to hear your comments and ideas.

    1. Once iOS 5 and iCloud is released that is.

    2. Eventually an open protocol employing Bluetooth, Bumping or most probably NFC should make it possible to do ad-hoc transfers between devices.

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