Retina images for the iPad using CSS3
Yesterday I was at a bar when ‘a guy’ entered with a plastic Media Markt bag containing two New iPads. The weird thing, it was 00:30PM and he just bought the iPad’s 10 minutes earlier. And if people start walking into bars with Retina iPads past midnight, I guess it’s really time to think about the impact of the high-res screens on our daily work as web developers. Because websites look pretty bad on the 3th gen iPad. Images get blown-up. When the iPhone 4 introduced the Retina screen in 2010, we had to update the graphics in native apps with images that are two times the original size. Apple quickly introduced a solution for iOS developers with the @2x format. If you’re not familiar with it: when you use an image, for example AwesomeLogo.png, adding a larger AwesomeLogo@2x.png is enough. You can still refer to AwesomeLogo.png. This could be a great solution for mobile Safari on the new iPad (and iPhone4/s) as well, if the browser would check for a @2x image. As this isn’t the case, and we’re not sure if it will ever be, we have to come up with new solutions.
Google village at SXSW
As Joel already described in his post, this year Google gathered up the best of Google and made a village on Rainey Street, a few steps from the Austin Convention Center. With Android, Developer, Discovery and Maps houses with a full agenda of talks, workshops, happy hours and bbq's: awesome! And the weird thing: in between are just normal people living, really curious about how they like to have all those geeks in their backyard.
More on http://www.google.com/events/sxsw/
My first session of SXSW 2012 is: @TVEngagement: Does Social Media Drive TV Rating Presenters: Colin Helms (MTV Networks), David Jones (Shazam Entertainment) Ellen Stone (Bravo Networks), Susie Fogelson (Food Network), Tara O'Donnell (Text100)
Speaking at SXSW 2012 (again!)
Early 2008, we decided to hack together this blog to report on our first visit to South-by-Southwest Interactive. Long anticipated, but suddenly a dream come true, because our just-finished Stayokay website got nominated for a SXSW Web Award. Now, almost 5 years down the road, I must say I'm honored to be invited to again take the stage at this awesome festival!
Gaming in the Cloud
A few years ago I used to game often. Leading a squad of friends in Battlefield 2 to annihilate the enemy was a great way to spend long evenings. After a while I got tired of keeping up with the latest hardware, bought a Macbook, thus limiting the range of games to play even more. I got myself a Playstation 3, but apparently I suck at shooters on console. Gaming was over for me…
BIG Typography in webdesign
Typography plays an important rule in nowadays web design. Especially with new solutions like CSS3, Font-face and Typekit, designers finally have the opportunity to use other typefaces to work with then being restricted to the overused types like Arial, Verdana. Trebuchet MS and Times New Roman.
How the web is changing Dutch Politics
At SXSW interactive 2011 I had the honor to talk about the influence of the web on Dutch politics. The slides looked awesome thanks to Nozzman.
12 Months, 12 New Skills
2010 was a busy year. Started out with my talk at SXSW, which actually took more time than I expected. I’ve set up a Support Department at Mangrove, helped starting a separate Product Dev team and put a lot of time in moving the office and all of the network infrastructure. So, time for a fresh start. I’ve set myself a goal for 2011: to learn something new every month, starting this February. This will include some programming languages, some missing skills, some advanced topics. Will blog about this. Will present it next year. Already asked Inspire.conf to speak on their conference in November, so I have an incentive to actually make it happen.