Cross-posted on the official Chartbeat blog
Hello and welcome back to another fun roundup of new trends and technologies in the world of frontend development!
In this fast-paced field things are always in motion. I’m here to help you stay on top of what’s new and what you need to know.
Apple had their iPhone September event today.
I was a little let down by the routine announcements. New iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5C was already widely leaked and not a surprise.
I terribly miss the excitement that Steve Jobs brought to these keynotes. There was a great deal of electricity as he paced the stage.
When he’d perform the ‘big reveal’ everyone was on the edge of their seats, hanging on his performance.
That is no longer the case.
Yet perhaps it’s not a lack of Steve Jobs that has deflated the tone of energy these keynotes previously held.
More likely it’s a result of the current technical landscape. We are now in a technological lull, where every bit of progress comes in steps as opposed to jumps. Yet that was true when the iPhone was first introduced. Why is now different?
The excitement of 2007 was one for the record books. Like a junkie hooked on hype I yearn for its return. I don’t care about the technology per se, but the excitement that swirled around its reveal.
When will we have this next big reveal? I hope soon. My heart aches to be awed again.
I received a great gift from work last week. It came in the form of a rectangle, and fit in the palm of my hand. It has made my life easier and more enjoyable. In fact it has single handedly changed the way I approach most things throughout my day.
What is it?
A brand new SSD hard drive.
I’ve never witnessed the power of a SSD drive first hand. I’ve used friend’s computers that had a SSD drive, but never before has my own computer been running an SSD drive.
Let me tell you: it’s glorious.
I decided that during the installation of the SSD I would also install a fresh copy of OS X (as opposed to a Time Machine restore).
I figured it’d be fun to log the steps I took after installing Mountain Lion. They’re fraught with monotony but one that every user must go through when setting up their machine after a fresh install.
So what follows is my Post Mountain Lion install log. I did exactly what I expected: install my favorite applications and set up my system presences. Only surprises were the settings I forgot I had ever changed in the first place.
Without further ado! The list!
Since its introduction two years ago the iPad has reigned as the undisputed king of tablets. There have been a few contenders (Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab) but none have come close to shaking the iPad from its lofty perch.
Until Google’s Nexus 7.
Announced last month, the Nexus 7 quickly caught my attention and fancies. An Android tablet comparable to an iPad? Amazing!
For a week I hemmed and hawed, debating amongst myself and friends if I should purchase the tablet.
At the end of my deliberations I caved and purchased the Nexus 7.
For a month I used and played with the device.
After that month I ended up returning the Nexus 7.
What follows are the reasons I had to buy the Nexus 7, and the reasons I arrived at that caused me to return it.
The current code editor that is widely in vogue amongst programmers is far and above Sublime Text 2. There’s many reasons that ST2 usurped this crown previously held by TextMate (it’s new and actively maintained) but one of the biggest reasons is its ability to have its core functionality extended via plugins.
The plugins that you can install for ST2 make this otherwise light weight text editor all that much more powerful and effective – but only in the areas you care about.
I’ve grown particularly attached to a couple of ST2 plugins. Ones that I know that if I hadn’t found them my love for ST2 wouldn’t be as strong as it currently is.