forecast.io has an interesting blog post about their Dark Sky forecasting system and the process they use to remove noise (such as ground clutter) from radar images.
Here’s an image showing the system in action:
Google has decided to close down the Google Affiliate Network!!! - http://googleaffiliatenetwork-blog.blogspot.com/2013/04/an-update-on-google-affiliate-network.html
Recently I’ve been spending quite a bit of time designing and building HTML email templates, but the plain text version of the email always seems to be an afterthought (or ignored/forgotten about entirely). Don’t forget about your plain text email the next time you’re building an HTML email campaign.
Why spend time and resources on a plain text version of your email? MailChimp has a great article covering some of the most vital reasons for a plain text version, including:
So what can you do to spruce up your plain text email template? Check out Campaign Monitor’s Designing for the Inbox articles, especially Chapter 2: Designing Plain Text Email.
If you use last.fm, eHarmony or LinkedIn I highly recommend changing your passwords and preferably using a different password for these sites and others.
For those of you not aware, there have been an increasing number of sites reporting security breaches, resulting in the leak of user and password data. LinkedIn, eHarmony and now last.fm are all a part of the latest wave of compromised data (as noted by The Verge).
These 3 sites aren’t alone. Sony, Zappos, Microsoft, Twitter and many other major brands have reported their own security breaches and compromised data.
So, if you have an active account with any of the affected sites I highly recommend changing your password. I also recommend creating separate passwords for your vital accounts and information online, especially your email and financial accounts, which can be used as gateways to gain access to other accounts and personal information. Microsoft also has a brief, but good article on strong passwords (and a good tool for checking password strength).
UPDATE: FormSpring has just announced today (7/10/12) that their site has suffered a similar security breach, and that they will be disabling some 30 million affected user accounts.
Hilarious. It seems the BBC mistakenly used the United Nations Space Command Logo from the Halo video game to represent the United Nations Security Council (which actually doesn’t have its own logo).
The BBC was quick to correct the issue for later broadcasts, but the blooper can still be seen on the web, thanks to YouTube
More and more companies seem to be re-designing their websites with a responsive layout that adapts to the size of the device/browser being used, and the BBC News site has joined them. But the BBC News site, isn’t your ordinary blog or news site. This new responsive design has to support no less than 80 different browser, operating system and device combinations.
Tom Maslen has put together an interesting post that details some of the process behind the re-design, and the challenges that had to be overcome. For those that want more be sure to check out the Responsive News site, which is where the BBC team posts about their latest developments (http://blog.responsivenews.co.uk/).