It’s time for my annual Favorites of the Year post. Much like 2012, 2013 was a great year. I saw a dream of mine come true by getting my second book, Responsive Design with WordPress, published by PeachPit/New Riders. They’ve published most of the books that I read to learn about web design/development, so it’s a real honor to have my work published through them. And of-course, there’s all of the tech and media of the year. Here are my favorites.
I’m going to be honest here. 2012 was a pretty great year for me. A lot of amazing things happened in both my personal and professional life; most publicly, I got my first book published, and I hope do the same in 2013. While I don’t have too many traditions on this blog (something I hope to change in 2013), my Favorites of the year post has been a pretty good staple.
Â So it’s been a while and for that I apologize, but I have been writing for a bunch of other blogs. Today I come to you with a quick tip Â that came to me just this morning. Over the weekend I ran into an guy who spoke Italian and after talking for a while I decided to resurrectÂ my New Year’s Resolution to learn Italian. While Rosetta StoneÂ can get expensive, there might be a simpler freer way to learn certain languages.
There are tons of CDs to Â help you learnÂ languages, so I Â went to SpotifyÂ and searched, “Learn Italian.” Â Low and behold, a bunch of CDs came Â up for me including Let’s Learn Italian!.Â And Italian isn’t the only language that’s there. You can do the same for Spanish, (some) French, and even Chinese.
If you’re not on Spotify, you can sign up for free.
- Web Standards Sherpa: This website sets out to promote web standards through articles and feedback from the experts! If you’re a web developer, this is a no-brainer as far as must reads goes.
- Microsoft to Discontinue Zune (bgr):Â That is a damn shame, as the Zune is a MUCH better mp3 player than the iPod. Maybe if Microsoft ran an ad or two…
- Making Twitter More Secure: HTTPS: Twitter has now added an option to force all of your Twitter dealings to use secured browsing. I strongly recommend turning this setting on.
- You Have a Disease; Here’s the Cure (nettuts+): Just because the Internet is always on doesn’t mean we have to be too.
- Microsoft is More Ethical than Google, Apple, and Facebook: Take note, Fanboys (as a Google Fanboy, I am included)
- Android’s Browser is Way Faster than Safari on the iPhone (gizmodo): In the words of Steward Scott, booyahh.
- Over-the-Air iTunes Syncing now Free for Android (lifehacker): I’ve been testing Music WithMe- seemed shaky at first but it’s working now and is really awesome!
- Yanko Design: Some really inspiring & innovative product design here.
- Dabble.In: A new website that asks, “What do you Dabble?”
- 10 Tips for Working While on the Go (lifehacker): Pretty helpful stuff here- especially if you travel a lot.
- Why You Should Keep a Mileage Log (workawesome): This can save you quite a bit of money at tax time!
Recently I signed up for online music streaming site Rdio as I was looking to fill the void that lala left after Apple ate them up and never spit them back out. I was using Grooveshark for free, but everything was pretty unorganized. I decided to take the plunge and pay the $5 monthly subscription for Rdio, and justifying the purchase is pretty easy.
It’s no secret that I love Android as a platform, and I favor Android phones over the iPhone. I did my Master’s Thesis on the G1, bought the Motorola Droid- the first Android phone available on Verizon, and recently upgraded to the HTC Droid Incredible. One of the reasons I like Android so much is because of the openness of the Market Place, and the ability to install non-market apps on your phone. Apps are very powerful for any platform because they make your phone more personal. Today I want to tell you about 10 Android apps that have made my life easier!
- PowerBalance Admits Their Wristbands are a Scam (gizmodo): Surprise! This would be the number one DUH moment of the week, if it weren’t for…
- Childhood Vaccines Cause Autism Claim is a Fraud (cnn): The doctor altered the medical histories of all of his subjects.
- Google Released Android 3.0 ‘Honeycomb’ Video (bgr): Looks slick! First device with it is set to release Q1 of this year.
- Josh Groban Sings Kanye West’s Tweets (perez hilton): Hilariously funny. Best thing I saw all week.
- Muse Aims to Play First Concert in Outer Space: This is wild and crazy. Welcome to the future!
- Verizon iPhone looks set for Feb. 3 Launch (bgr): There’s been a lot of buzz lately surrounding the Verizon iPhone. Rumor has it that the Verizon event on Tuesday will be the official announcement.
- Good Code (xkcd): So true. So true.
- Assange Threatened to Sue of Leaked Cables (wired): As in, he was going to sue The Guardian if they published the story early. Of course he did.
- Mario Furniture: I want to go to there.
- Angry Birds for Blackberry: Lol. I hope Blackberry becomes good again.
- Android SMS fix is on the Way (bgr): Last week I posted a story about a pretty bad SMS bug in Android. Google says they’ve fixed it and are rolling it out to users.
This week I also redid my About.me Page to make it simpler, and created a Twitter account for my company. You can follow @manifestdev for updated on the redesign, news, specials, and web development related links!