I recently had to reformat my Windows PC and do a fresh install of Windows 10. One of the primary uses for this PC is to run my home iTunes server, but soon after the reformat, it became clear that something was not right with iTunes.
When did touch icons get so complicated? It had been a while since I last made a touch icon, so when I recently wanted to add one to a project, I decided I better double check the sizes of icons that I needed to make.
I remembered reading a useful article about touch icons in the past called “Everything you always wanted to know about touch icons”, which I was able to find again. I had thought there were only two sizes of icons that I needed, but I was surprised to find that the article had been updated with a recommendation to produce nine icons to account for various versions of iOS and Android.
In order to make this easier on myself (both now and in the future), I decided to make a handy Sketch template that I’ve linked to below. The final code needed in the HTML
<head> should look like this:
<link rel="icon" sizes="192x192" href="touch-icon-192x192.png"> <link rel="apple-touch-icon-precomposed" sizes="180x180" href="apple-touch-icon-180x180-precomposed.png"> <link rel="apple-touch-icon-precomposed" sizes="152x152" href="apple-touch-icon-152x152-precomposed.png"> <link rel="apple-touch-icon-precomposed" sizes="144x144" href="apple-touch-icon-144x144-precomposed.png"> <link rel="apple-touch-icon-precomposed" sizes="120x120" href="apple-touch-icon-120x120-precomposed.png"> <link rel="apple-touch-icon-precomposed" sizes="114x114" href="apple-touch-icon-114x114-precomposed.png"> <link rel="apple-touch-icon-precomposed" sizes="76x76" href="apple-touch-icon-76x76-precomposed.png"> <link rel="apple-touch-icon-precomposed" sizes="72x72" href="apple-touch-icon-72x72-precomposed.png"> <link rel="apple-touch-icon-precomposed" href="apple-touch-icon-precomposed.png">
While developing Drupal websites locally, I found it to be somewhat of a pain to sync all of the uploaded files (specifically images) from the server to my computer. In some cases, this could be hundreds of megabytes worth of files to download, but without downloading them, my local version of the site would look incomplete with missing images.
I primarily use MAMP for local development, and it turns out that MAMP PRO has an option to add additional virtual host parameters to each individual site hosted locally within the app. Using this feature, I am able to add a rewrite rule to have the MAMP look for photos on the live site when they don’t exist locally, removing the need to download the files onto my computer.
I loved the design of the 87th Academy Awards ceremony last night, and it looks like I wasn’t the only one. Bloomberg Business reported that the design work was done by Henry Hobson, a live action director and graphic designer. It turns out that I’ve seen some of his work before in a few other title sequences, such as the one from The Walking Dead.
I particularly loved the typography used throughout the Oscars. One other little detail I really liked was how the titles used for the best sound editing nominees looked like an audio timeline.
Update: Art of the Title has a much better writeup of the 87th Academy Awards, along with an interview with Henry Hobson.
A few weeks ago I ran across an article on The Verge titled “The best Gmail app for the iPhone is now made by Microsoft”. The article talks a lot about the new Microsoft Outlook app (a rebranding of the recently purchased Acompli app), but there was one quote that really stuck out to me:
…nobody wants to just give me an email client for my phone: everyone’s gunning to reinvent the entire experience and revolutionize the speed and efficiency of my communications.
That quote really summarizes my frustration with all these new e-mail apps. I don’t need someone to “reinvent” my e-mail experience. I don’t want to turn my e-mail into a to-do list. I just need someone to make an e-mail app that does e-mail well.
I did end up trying the new Outlook app for iPhone and still found it to be lacking in one major area: it seems to only be able to add one label per message, much like standard folders. The whole point of Gmail having labels instead of folders is so that messages can have multiple labels and thus can be found in multiple locations. Oh well, the search for a good e-mail app continues.
I recently decided to do a fresh install of OS X on my MacBook now that Yosemite is out, so I thought it would be a good time to post all the software I currently use. It turns out that I use a lot of apps. This list will probably be outdated within a month.