Plus one

Just in case you hadn’t heard: The web juggernaut Google has gone all social on us and Twitter has, after Facebook added their status timeline, yet another competitor to contend with. Twitter’s uniqueness is fading and its focus is shifting. Many users push tweets to Facebook and those that don’t may jump ship to Google+.

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The Web Stack is the next native platform

It is funny and fantastic to see all these dogmatic discussions on ‘Web versus Native’ mobile applications. It’s a strange argument to have because at the moment they don’t actually conflict very much. They do overlap but they’re currently not replacements of each other. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a native app that might as well be web based because it’s not utilising specific hardware API’s. An app is often native because you can have somebody else sell it for you in an app store.

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Class struggle

I’m irked by the fact that I keep running into web sites that use mark-up class names that follow the content language. The web and its mark-up are open to the world, to both humans and machines. For better or for worse in terms of mark-up English is the lingua franca and its metadata should at least also be in English. An ID on the other hand can be part of the content (ie fragment identifier) and when it is it ought to follow the content language of the current document. It can get a little messy, but there is method to the madness.

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Pay me

John Gruber posted Mike Monteiro’s view on getting paid and his view of dealing with contracts. However, I think it’s worth noting that here in the Netherlands you’re less likely to need a lawyer to negotiate a contract. This is in part due to the culture and how the justice system deals with contract disputes. That’s not that you shouldn’t have a lawyer look at how you deal with contracts and conditions.

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Google and the attack of the killer codec.

Google is dropping H.264 in favour of WebM. Google can do whatever it likes, it’s their product. Open this, open that, for the moment it’s irrelevant because whatever Google does H.264 is still the only practical choice to deploy video on the web.

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I’m a Lunatech

I’ve switched employers and as of January 1st I’ll be based in Rotterdam. Now I can walk to work.

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Design & Front-end

Some think they’re them same thing, some think that Front-end doesn’t really exist. They often think that Front-end development is the new Web Design. Clients often have no clue. Happily, it’s becoming more clear to those in the field what you would call Web Design and what you would call Front-end development.

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Cross browser is so noughties

Hello, have you met HTML5 yet? You haven’t? How’s that possible? HTML5 has already been strutting its stuff around town. With all browser vendors onboard it might as well be the only game worth playing. Get dressed folks, the show is coming to a theater near you!

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Magic Marketing

If you believe Apple’s spin the iPhone 4 is the best thing since sliced bread. It’s not. They’ve added some great improvements but nothing earth shattering. They’ve obviously felt the need to go all out on the marketing spin.

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IE 6 sucks by design

Reading Ars Technica, as a webhead does on a Friday afternoon, I found a little gem of rationalisation: For some companies, IE 6’s ineptitude is a feature, not flaw

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