Recently, Facetime on my work laptop stopped working properly. Even with the correct ID and password, the app would “verify” my account but then refuse to activate Facetime. Instead I would get this error:
The registering device does not have appropriate credentials
I have been a Google Reader for a good while now and I think it is a very fine web application. It does what I expect it to do and it does it well. It is utilitarian. It is useful. I use it daily.
But now, I find it even more enjoyable to use. Two greasemonkey scripts have turned my standard Reader interface into something beautiful and even more useable (imho).
There are even instructions for using the scripts with Fluid. If you are not familiar with Fluid, it is a utility for creating site-specific browsers based on Safari (WebKit). Get familiar. You’ll like it.
So go, make your Reader prettier (and subscribe to this blog’s feed).
Apparently, Photoshop’s inability to save PNG-8 with alpha transparency is not a limitation of PNG-8 but a limitation in Photoshop.
For years, I have been operating under the assumption that I need to use PNG-24 to achieve transparency effects in my web projects. This is usually a compromise in terms of file size and browser compatibility (requiring ie-specific hacks). But it doesn’t have to be…
Fireworks to the rescue:
Open your big Photoshop-exported PNG-24 with nice alpha transparency in Fireworks.
Change the file format to PNG-8.
Change the transparency option to “alpha transparency”
I am still trying to wrap my head around this amazing development. Through the numbing fog of cynicism and despite a generalized suspicion of politics, I was genuinely moved when Barack Obama gave his acceptance speech. It really does feel monumental and historic.
What happened in CA with Prop (h)8, though? Lame.
I think that it is more revealing than focusing on the backlash or petitions to actually examine the program itself, along with the supposed improvements made by Facebook along the way. The column does a good job at pointing out the small tweaks that seem to address raised concerns, while essentially presenting the same thing again, but with more labels.
It becomes the user’s responsibility to be ever watchful for Facebook’s unorthodox info harvesting. A better approach would have been a way to opt-in instead of having to constantly opt-out. There is currently no way to globally say “no thanks” and be done with it, either. Continue reading “Why I closed my Facebook account”