Pen Apps Collection on CodePen

Pen Apps Collection on CodePen

Collection of Web App-like Pens

A collection I put together and update, of self contained app-like tools which do one small task well. You might find something useful.

I’ve also written a Pen Apps Collection post which gives a few examples.

via Pen Apps – a Collection by Paul on CodePen


Windows Phone was a glorious failure

But the overall failure of Windows Phone masks a series of smaller successes and advances, which Microsoft and its hardware partners have never received enough credit for. At its outset in 2010, Windows Phone was the boldest and most original reimagining of what a smartphone can be after Apple’s iPhone introduction three years prior. Unlike Android, Windows Phone was not a re-creation of the iOS icon grid; also unlike Android, Windows Phone ran fast and fluid on very basic hardware.

via Windows Phone was a glorious failure – The Verge

This pretty much sums up why I, even after abandoning Windows, bought a plucky Nokia Lumia 520 and loved it.

Google Clips Camera

You can’t talk about Google Clips without your very next breath being about the elephant in the room: is it creepy? I think the answer is no, for a few reasons. The first is that, as a physical object, it’s basically adorable, and it signals that it is a camera so clearly. When it’s on, there’s a blinking white LED that indicates to you that it might be taking photos.

Payne says that’s intentional. “It looks like a camera. It’s pretty obvious. It’s designed to be playful and approachable in its design. It was never a goal of ours to make something that blends in.”

I believe the privacy guards built in to the Clips camera, but the intention is for you, to surrender the data.

As with Google and Android, encouraging web use equals more ad money and data. Clips does the same with photography. Google wants you taking pictures, lots of them, then storing them in your unlimited storage on Google Photos. This creates lock-in to their services.

Clips also encourages you to make more pictures, more often, more naturally, less posed. With the AI in Photos, Google can profile what day-to-day life is like for you. What your home is like, products it sees in your photos, activities you do etc.

Via The Google Clips camera puts AI behind the lens – The Verge

Encouraging More Battery Recycling

Major high street retailers have joined forces to encourage people to recycle their used household batteries as a new poll revealed that more than half of respondents admitted they throw them in the bin.

Asda, B&Q, Currys PC World, Marks & Spencer and Morrisons are all backing the drive to make it easier for consumers to recycle dead batteries and avoid millions ending up in landfill every year and wreaking environmental havoc.

via Campaign urges people to recycle dead batteries | Environment | The Guardian

Minimum Viable Product

As someone who can both professionally procrastinate and sweats the details with my  work, I have tried really hard in recent years to approach new projects with the goal of launching with a Minimum Viable Product. Launching with just the essentials needed to present an idea and the functionality to perform the task.

With a project you aren’t sure you want to invest so much time in or have doubts about its viability, extra polish and refining is wasted effort. So get the basic functionality there and just launch.

Response to Daily Prompt: Launch

Dyson Electric Car In 2020

British inventor Sir James Dyson has announced plans to build an electric car that will be “radically different” from current models and go on sale in 2020.

The billionaire who revolutionised the vacuum cleaner said 400 engineers in Wiltshire had been working since 2015 on the £2.5bn project.

No prototype has yet been built, but Dyson said two different battery types are under development that were already more efficient than in existing electric cars.

via James Dyson to invest £2.5bn on ‘radically different’ electric car | Technology | The Guardian

UK Carbon Intensity Forecast Launches

UK Carbon Intensity Forecast Launches

The new software combines National Grid’s deep knowledge of the GB energy system and weather data provided by the Met Office to forecast the carbon intensity of GB electricity over the next 48 hours, and the resulting carbon emissions.

The goal of this API service is to allow developers the chance to produce applications which can be used by electricity consumers, with the potential to influence behaviour in their electricity usage along with making consumers more aware of their Carbon footprint.