WordPress To Disable Remote Access ›

Daniel Jalkut’s take on WordPress’ decision to close the API for external editors by default. One thing is for sure, they’ve just made a decision for me. Time to port my blog to TXP.

Also worth considering: if a service is disabled by default for security considerations, what message does that send to people who choose to, or who are encouraged to turn the service back on? It sets up a perception of insecurity which may not even be warranted. If the remote publishing interfaces are insecure, they should be fixed, not merely disabled!

Bullit NetNewsWire Style ›

Cameron Hunt has released a NetNewsWire theme called Bullit.

Bullit is the style I developed to read my RSS feeds on NetNewsWire. Clarity and readability were the most important factors. Bullit uses 70% (and up to 700px) width for the reading column. Body copy is 13px Lucida Grande.

I’ve installed it and have to say it really is a beautiful theme. Makes reading in my feed reader a little more tempting, it’s gonna be a challenge to get me to read it on your site now. If your designs is good enough it will happen. bit of a challenge for you.

Sumo Sac ›

Sumo have another “I’d like one of those”. This time it’s the Sumo Sac and it’s absolutely massive. Ranging from 4ft wide to 6ft wide and always 3ft high, this thing looks amazing. I’ve wanted an Omni for ages, but sadly there isn’t the space, so certainly not the space to have a Sac.

(Via Uneasy.)

Typography Tuesday: Hierarchy ›

Viget’s Inspire blog has an excellent article outlining the importance of hierarchy on the net. Some elements of it are also a good reminder for those who a primarily print based in their design.

Visual Hierarchy is the arrangement of elements in a gradual series in order of importance, enticing users to interact with a web site through visual cues.

iPhone 3G

I guess it was inevitable that I would write a post relating to Apple’s new iPhone and MobileMe service. I’d held off a little so that I could see some of the fall out and what the deals are like over here in the UK.

The price is clearly the biggest thing about the iPhone 3G and it seems that, for once, we are receiving a better deal than the US. It’s possible for us to get a free iPhone, depending on the price plan, and even on other price plans its a very reasonable price (£99) for such a device.

I’m personally most stoked about the GPS capabilities. As someone who is looking to buy a Sat Nav this summer, I’m looking forward to seeing how well the iPhone can handle being used on a long drive. I’m a little sceptical about how the Google Maps implementation (no view as if you are driving) can work for this. Maybe with the 3rd party applications available once the App Store launches the Sat Nav specialists like Tom Tom will be able to implement their software. Either way, it looks like even more potential has been added to the iPhone.

MobileMe looks like an extremely good implementation and consumer product, I unlike many others don’t have an issue with the branding either. The inline version is my preferred version, but the cloud icon communicates perfectly to people just what the service does. I’m looking forward to trying the service and, if it stands up well, losing the horrible GMail IMAP implementation.

Since it’s been a few days since the keynote, I’ve had the opportunity to see how everybody is moaning about the new iPhone. It seems to have done well, apart from the issues with price plans in the states, the only moan I have seen is regarding the camera. More specifically the lack of a front facing one and consequently the lack of video chat. Everyone harps on about it, and in all honesty I think the people who are bothered about it are those who have never had a phone capable of it.

My last three mobile phones have been capable of it. They have all had a front facing camera and the opportunity to video call. Many of my friends have also had such capabilities on their phones. I’d say in the last 3 years it’s been quite a widespread option. But that’s what it has always been, an option. In those 3 years, I’ve never used or even wanted to use the function, nor do I know anyone who has. It’s a feature that everyone seems to want, but it also seems to be a feature that no body uses.

All in all I’m pleased with the update, the price point and 3G addition make it a very appealing phone (not that it wasn’t anyway) here in the UK. The GPS, at least in my eyes, has made the iPhone a real deal breaker. There is now the scope to not just replace my iPod and mobile with one device, but also the Sat Nav I’ve been planning on buying this summer.

Pet Hate

This is one of my big pet hates.

Pet Hate

I don’t know if it’s a fault in Safari or the blog, personally I blame both. I don’t need a choice of feeds, I don’t even know what the difference is between Atom, RSS 1 and RSS2. Just give me one and let me subscribe when I click the button.

Things Touch ›

As an avid user of Things I wanted to bring this to your attention. The guys at Cultured Code are working on a version for the iPhone.

One of the things I like about the post was the way they allowed a sneak peek of what is to come. The sketches and drawings are interesting and I actually found them rather inspiring. Regarding the post itself the progress seems to indicate that the development of “Things Touch” is not as far on as people hoped. I’m not sure why, but I get the feeling they are a lot further on than they have indicated. It’ll be interesting to hear of the progress in the coming weeks till iPhone 2.0 is available.

One last thing. I hope they drop the touch moniker from the final version. I get the feeling we will have a lot of …touch apps and I don’t think it really needs that differentiation. The majority of people who will use “Things Touch” will be people who use Things on OS X, so I can’t see the need for such a moniker.