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Chrome HTTP “Not Secure” Warning Fixed with SSL

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Security.

Google, in their latest effort to ramp up security, has begun rolling out changes in its Chrome browser that will alert users when they are visiting any non-encrypted HTTP website. Formerly considered neutral, HTTP websites are now deemed not secure by the browser. If you’re a site owner or developer, this can impact your site’s traffic and trustworthiness.

HTTPS is not the plural of HTTP

When checking your bank account or shopping online, you probably already know to look for the lock icon in your web browser’s address bar. This indicates your client (browser) is passing data to the site with encryption.

By default, a web page is served to the browser using the non-encrypted HTTP protocol. The protocol is the bit found at the beginning of a URL, or web address.

Web address protocol

HTTP is the web protocol

When a site is secure, the protocol changes to HTTPS, which stands for “HTTP over SSL”.  An HTTPS site means that the website operator has secured an SSL (or secure socket layer) certification, and any web traffic passed to that website is encrypted. When using HTTPS, this protocol is often highlighted in the address bar, along with lock icon, to tell users that the connection is encrypted and thus secure.

Until recently, purchasing SSL certificates was expensive and difficult to install, so unless the website provided a login or shopping cart, website operators typically opted not to buy a SSL certificate and relied on HTTP for general web traffic.

Encryption for all!

A lot has changed in the last couple of years, driven in part by high-profile data breaches. In response to the current threat environment, organizations like Let’s Encrypt now provide SSL certificates for free. Furthermore, if your hosting provider uses CPANEL, you are able to use HTTPS instead of HTTP, so there are no reasons to not encrypt your site. Google even rewards HTTPS in search rank – secured sites are deemed more trustworthy by the search giant.

Google is not waiting for developers

Initially, only pages that accept a login or provide a shopping cart will show the alert, but eventually this alert will be displayed site-wide across all HTTP pages.


The Not secure warning in Chrome

Receiving this alert may be alarming to site visitors who are already skittish about web security, so if you own or operate a website you should get to work implementing a SSL certificate for your website. In web security, we’re only as strong as our weakest link, so this push by Google to encourage all websites to go HTTPS is a step in the right direction.

How To Fix It

Site owners and developers should take immediate steps to implement a SSL certificate to avoid the not secure warning in Chrome. Instructions how to do so can be found here.

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2016: Week 3

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

2016 is now in full swing with glimpses of masterful design and the potential for a new 9th planet (sorry Pluto). Enjoy the end of another work week by catching up on all the news with another dose of the Spry Hive.

The Web

Looking to hone in on your skills of writing online? Well, the Nielsen Norman Group is saying you should stop using these five words.


We really appreciate the way that digital agency Make Me Pulse has decided to ring in the new year with this immersive experience.


For those intrigued by the development of the design industry, dive into this fascinating interview with famed designer & master of typography, Erik Spiekermann.

Web Development & Design

Happy birthday, Drupal! Last Friday, Drupal, a content management framework that handles much of our heavy lifting for content and web publishing needs, turned 15. Founder Dries Buytaert had some words to share about the history and development of the platform.

Trying to build a physical product to accompany your digital efforts? Before you do so, check out Smashing Magazine’s piece on why nobody wants to use your product.


Debugging sites just became a little easier with DevTools Remote extension for Chrome that allows you to share a tab with others on your team.

Struggling to keep track of all those templates in Photoshop? Organize your work & get started on your projects quicker using Templay.


The security firm Perception Point reported that, for the past three years, millions of Android phones, pcs, and servers may have been afflicted with a Linux bug.

Whether it’s for instagram or for work, we can all use a few more tips on beautiful food photography.

Astronomers excitedly announced this week that they have found convincing evidence of a ninth planet, and it they aren’t talking about Pluto.

Skip the dog house and treat your dog with a pet trailer.

Just like Undercover Boss, where they show executives the dark side of their industry, SNL took Kylo Ren undercover to get an inside look at Starkiller Base.

That wraps up the 3rd week of 2016. See you all next week for another edition of the Spry Hive.

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2015: Week 42

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

While the first debate for Democratic Presidential Candidates took over our feeds this week, a world’s worth of news flew right by! So, sit back, relax, and catch back up with your weekly dose of the Spry Hive.



Boeing shocked the tech world with the lightest metal ever, which happens to be 99.99% air.

Without the help of Comcast, or any other large ISP, the town of Chattanooga, Tennessee now offers internet speeds of 10Gbps!


Use caution with Adobe’s Flash Player, as the company just announced a critical vulnerability in the software.

Following Google Chrome’s lead, Mozilla recently announce that Firefox will stop supporting plugins.

It’s always nice to hear someone own up to their mistakes, especially when they are internet advertisers.


Math class just got a lot more musical with the newest mod for TI graphing calculators.



While it’s no hoverboard, Lexus’ latest design was inspired by origami…and cardboard.

Here are a few UX habits that will aid any designer.

The countdown to Halloween has begun! Get excited with 31 days of your favorite horror characters, illustrated and motion animated.


While Foundation 6 is still in production, Zurb has released a Sass library for custom CSS animations, Motion UI, for free.

Once again attempting to create a more user-friendly experience on the mobile web, Google has announced a new project for developers aptly named Accelerated Mobile Pages.


Ever thought you’d have a shot at graduating from MIT? Well, now you have a better chance than ever, as the university announced their first degree using free online classes.

Forget about water on Mars, astronomers may have just found signs of life in space.

Evidently, some people were surprised to find Microsoft using the Start Menu to display ads. Thankfully, this feature is easily turned off.

And with that, we have caught up on at least a few of the stories that didn’t take center stage this week. Keep preparing for the fast-approaching Halloween and don’t forget to stop by next week for another weekly dose of the Spry Hive!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2015: Week 29

Posted by James McDonnell & filed under Tips.

Welcome back to the end of the week and another weekly dose of Spry Hive. While the majority of the world was busy looking at Pluto’s true colors for the first time ever, companies like Doppler Labs and Facebook were once again attempting to change the way we interact with the world around us. So, sit back, relax, and enjoy the rest of this week’s news.



Source = Doppler Lab

Are you tired of hearing all drums and no vocals at a concert or that expectedly unhappy infant on your flight? Well, the team at Doppler Labs agrees and has raised about 17 million dollars to commercialize their revolutionary ear-piece that gives you full control of the sounds you hear.

Web & Apps

During this past week, one of our team members came across an awesome website that gives you a fantastic perspective of space, how far sound travels and how fast. The best part? The long list of tunes used to serenade you through space.

It seems like just yesterday that we were giving Microsoft a hard time for choosing the name ‘Edge’ as a replacement for their current web browser, ‘Internet Explorer’. In reality, it’s been nearly two months since then, and the first wave of speed and stability tests are beginning to surface. Based on it’s early performance tests, the browser’s new name might be more relevant than anybody could have imagined, especially Chrome.

We all know that as email became one of the most popular tools for communication, it also became one of the most powerful tools for sending and receiving spam. According to the security firm Symantec, unwanted and malicious email messages have continued to decline and now sit at an all time low.


Source = Engadget

Those of you who use the Facebook app on iOS may have noticed an update to the software earlier this week. In an attempt to provide users with a more personal and enjoyable news feed, Facebook has made it easier to choose which friends and pages appear first as well as those you don’t want to see at all!


Do you regularly use Adobe’s Photoshop and curse the image editing program for its inability to recognize and utilize custom set variables? The plugin Ditto is just what you’re looking for, allowing you to easily set variables for settings like fill, x/y positioning, and visibility.


If you’re a digital developer that doesn’t follow Cubic Drone, where Curtis Lassam combines hilarious comics with the ideas and principles of coding, then you are missing out on some well-rounded comedic relief. His most recent piece deals with the constant cycle of issues and solutions with Javascript in what he calls ‘Relentless Persistence’.

As Sass gets more complex, with functions, variables, and control directives and expressions, it’s becoming clear that your Sass code should be included in testing. Sitepoint wrote up a nice tutorial on setting up unit tests for Sass.

Acknowledging how long it has been since providing a major update to their system, jQuery proudly released the alpha versions of jQuery 3.0 and jQuery Compat 3.0. Take a look at all the details release by the company and let us know how you feel about the changes.



Source = Youtube Screenshot

Apparently, McDonald’s recently encountered a bit of resistance after releasing a series of Minions toys in their Happy Meals. Standing their ground, the fast-food restaurant announced that they will not comply with the demands of irate parents claiming that one of the creatures is saying ‘WTF’.

A couple of people on our team, along with the rest of the USA, can’t stop talking about the new tv series Mr. Robot. Some are going as far as saying that it’s the most accurate portrayal of a hacker’s life, ever.

As noted in the beginning, humanity received the most detailed pictures of Pluto ever this past week from NASA’s New Horizons probe, and the world went nuts trying to figure out what’s happening on the surface of our solar system’s wannabe planet. While such news is obviously historic and important, our team’s favorite interpretation came from the comic genius of XKCD.

Well, as Porky Pig would say, that’s all folks! We’ve heard about topics ranging from augmenting sound in real time to seemingly vulgar toys, and even seen some major changes from companies like Facebook and jQuery. Hopefully you could find some form of entertainment or enlightenment in this week’s post, and, as always, we wish you the spryest of weekends!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2015: Week 14

Posted by Ben Scherliss & filed under Tips.

April inevitably arrives with a few pranks, but also with plenty new to discuss. Amazon wants you to push their buttons while Facebook wants to create a social presence for your children. We’re no fools here, so let’s discuss it all in the latest edition of Spry Hive.


April Fools Day has now passed, and who wasn’t fooled by the 360 Selfie Ring or Google Fiber dial-up? But there were more than a few other enjoyable fabrications launched in the tech world this year and here is a fun collection of some of the best.

And in what was not a hoax, Amazon announced that it wants you to be able to re-order your products from any room, closet or corner of your house. So they’ve made it all possible with their new “Dash Buttons” which will instantly purchase an order and can be placed literally anywhere in every residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse.

Google had to kill about 200 different Chrome extensions this week, having to reclassify them as Malware. Apparently more than a third of these extensions which inject ads were, in fact,  deceptive and merited the reclassification.

If boring, traditional round pancakes are causing you ongoing morning depression, life no longer has to go on that way thanks to PancakeBot. The device pairs an electric griddle and a batter dispensing system which will effectively “print” pancakes into nearly any shape.

Social Media

We all know that there just isn’t a large enough of a social presence for babies on Facebook, so luckily the social media giant has announced Scrapbook. The company says this feature will “grow with your child” as you add photos of them. Nothing creepy here.

Facebook’s Engineering Director is now headed to the White House. 28 year-old David Recordon will join the administration as Director of Information Technology, a position which was created specifically for him.

Twitter has been showing ads in the news feed for some time now, but they’re about to take it up to another level — a personal one. The social company has apparently been testing promoted tweets which would begin showing-up on user’s actual profile pages, possibly appearing as tweets endorsed by or from that account.


A warning that this one may hurt your eyes a bit. Two of the most cringe-worthy fonts – Comic Sans and Papyrus –  are now merging to create Comic Papyrus.

SOURCE = Adweek

Moving on to some much more pleasant writings, you won’t believe how perfectly this calligrapher effortlessly re-creates the logos of iconic brands like Google, Adidas, Star Wars and Converse with pen and ink.

Cards Against Humanity has ironically found a means by which to benefit humanity. The popular, typically raunchy game is now releasing a science themed expansion to benefit women in STEM.


Bloomberg’s been cooking-up a new single-page application framework called Brisket. The company is billing it as having “the best perceived speed, the greatest code freedom, and the strongest search engine optimization.”

If you’re a beginner with AngularJS you may get some good value from the interactive book Angular Basics. It covers Directives, Modules, Services, Controllers, Routing and is free.

Docker marked it’s second birthday this past week and as this article suggests, we should continue to expect big things from the open source software project.


With “mobilegeddon” fast approaching, many businesses and website administrators are scrambling to get in front of Google’s upcoming new mobile-friendly algorithm. Google is stating that it will impact more sites than their previous Panda or Penguin updates did, with the bottom line being that you’d better get mobile-friendly and fast.

Spam bots cause multiple annoyances such as corrupting your analytics data and using-up your server’s resources just to name a few. But there are some effective steps you can take to stop them from ruining your analytics referral data.

That’s a wrap for the first week of April. See you next Friday and we’ll have another go ’round again.

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2014: Week 35

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

Welcome to Friday! We’ve collected some of the best links from the web this week for your clicking enjoyment. Sit back, relax, and check out what got us chatting this week.


Some lovely graphic designs from The Project Twins. We especially like the A-Z of Unusual Words.

Dev and Web

If you’re curious if your website needs a content audit, chances are, it does. Here’s a tutorial on how to do it and why it’s awesome.

What would we do without our Chrome extensions? A cheatsheet for Git provides our developers an easy way to grab the most common Git commands.


How Millennials are changing the long-held consumer model. Out with the old, in with the new.

Social Media


Acura takes the cake for Twitter marketing. Configure your dream Acura (verdict is still out whether that is a thing) from right within Twitter.

We told you last week about some changes to your Twitter feed – mainly forcing “favorites” into your tweet feed. Popular Mechanics observes that a covert algorithm is no match for actual user behavior.

The team at Twitter have been busy as this week they have also announced brand new Twitter Analytics, you know, to get your analytics on. We’re fans of the insights it provides, like common interests.


Etienne de Crecy's Hashtag My Ass Instagram Experiment

We’re already fans of the French house label Super Discount, but what Etienne de Crecy has put together for his new single is truly epic… Your Instagram photos as LP covers. Try it out… just be warned of excessive booty shaking in tight spandex. #HashtagMyAss

Speaking of Instagram, they’ve rolled out a new app this week. Create time-lapse videos with ease with Hyperlapse – it even stabilizes your videos much like a $15k Steadicam, but with a zero dollar price tag.

Quick Hits

Nonprofit, Zidisha, is changing peer-to-peer microlending with the support of Y Combinator.

The Double Bind. What’s the one word that’s frequent in negative women’s reviews, but not in men’s? And they say there’s no glass ceiling.

That’s it for this week and we hope you enjoyed SpryHive! We’ll catch you after a well-deserved holiday weekend.

Dispatches from the SpryHive 2014: Week 31

Posted by spry & filed under Tips.

Happy Friday and welcome to SpryHive. Hope you’re ready for a heavy hitting weekly roundup. We’ve got something for everyone – developers, marketers, and designers. Plus, a bunch of shiny distractions to appease even the pickiest of internet connoisseurs.

Plus, goats.

They’re so hot right now. Goats.

Quick Hits of Shiny Things

Get Point is a Chrome extension that lets you annotate websites in real time and share your notes with collaborators. Highlight sections and make notes much more conveniently than emailing an article.

Seamlessly integrate your phone or tablet with your desktop with AirDroid.  Send text messages from your computer (full keyboard, natch) and access all your photos and files from your mobile device on your desktop with a couple clicks. Easy, peasy. Obviously, this is only for Android mobile devices.

If you’re on the market for a new survey tool, we checked out Wedgies and it did not disappoint. Sleeker than competitors, it has complete social media integration and allows you to easily integrate polls in to your existing content to increase audience engagement.

Most of the office at Spry Digital consists of NPR junkies, so this next app got us a bit excited. Completely personalize your NPR fixation with the NPR One app. You get to curate the content from national or local stations, all in one custom playlist on your phone. Never miss your shows again.

Finally, we’re already drooling over the TouchPico projector. A pocket-sized projector is cool in and of itself. If that same teeny projector can turn any presentation into an interactive, touchscreen multimedia event? Count us in. It turns any Android app into a 80″ projected image and makes it a touchscreen with the infrared stylus. Think of it as a smart board at a fraction of the cost. We promise we won’t just use it for Fruit Ninja. Probably.


Speaking of neat apps, projects, and tools, the theme for July’s DevOps meet-up was The Great Tool Swap. No, we didn’t trade a trowel for a rake (kinda surprised there wasn’t at least one smartass who tried that), we swapped our favorite tools and tricks to make DevOps life easier for everyone. Check out the compiled list in the Google Group.

Don’t miss out on next month’s festivities. Follow DevOps STL on Twitter and sign up for the Meetups.

Need more awesome tools? Check out IDEO Labs’ most recent dish on the best tech. There’s a little something for every Dev in here, so you’re sure to find at least one thing you’ll dig.

Social Media

Another day, another new social media site that promises to be the next big thing. Check out Mashable’s list of the most likely top ten contenders in the continually crowded market.


Poor Facebook can’t catch a break. Can’t you hear us playing the tiny violin of pity? No? Yeah, neither can we.

This week, Facebook faced some backlash for their announcement that they’re forcing all users to “upgrade” to and install the Facebook Messenger app to get their messages on the go. So what’s the catch (because Facebook always has a catch)? The Messenger app asks for a lot more permissions than most users feel is appropriate. The social media giant is under a lot more scrutiny in recent months and it appears their users are actually reading those terms and conditions before blindly hitting “install”. The distrust, while vocal, is far from universal. You can make a logical case for nearly all of the expanded permissions. The real question is how comfortable are you with a faceless Facebook owning that much of your personal information?

And anyone remember the hullaballoo a couple weeks ago over Facebook’s psychology experiments on users?  OKCupid, an internet dating site, caught some flak this week for a nearly identical tests. Their “Sorry, not sorry” mea culpa really took the cake. Hey, they admit it. They’re just “OK Cupid”. No one said they were “Amazing Cupid”.


LinkedIn announced this week that we’ll be seeing some changes to user profiles soon. The improvements will focus on making the site more of a relationship builder rather than just the digital equivalent of handing out business cards. We’re just waiting for them to make their API a little friendlier and maybe, just maybe, make the site as a whole a little more… productive.


Into typography AND politics? We’ve got the perfect font for you.

We’re thrilled to participate in AIGA St. Louis Design Week this year. Be sure to check out Spry Digital’s profile where we were able to showcase some of our best work. Then sneak a peek at the other featured agencies. See you all September 22-28!


goats, goats, goats!

Did you ever come up with a clever ditty but think, “You know, this needs more goat”? We’ve got you covered.

Kittehs iiiiiin spaaaaaaaaace! Cosmic Kitty Pop, a pretty fun new mobile game app from a local women-run game shop.

Better living through math: the perfect way to slice a bagel.

Even the most frustrating day is improved with a PhotoShop adventure with Leo and a water gun. We know how happy Nerf guns make us around the office, so this is pretty brilliant.

PHEW! That’s a SpryHive that oughtta tide you over until next week. Until then, have a great weekend and we’ll catch you on the flip side.


Dispatches from the SpryHive 2014: Week 27

Posted by spry & filed under Tips.

You lucky ducks! Thanks to the holiday weekend, you’re getting your weekly dose of SpryHive early! So what are your July 4th plans? If you’re like most of us, they probably involve two things: hot dogs and fireworks.

A LOT of hot dogs (155 million), actually. We’re not sure if that includes the annual Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Competition, but what’s another 69 wieners?

We also consume 213 million pounds of fireworks over the holiday. That’s a ton of shiny boomy things. Shiny things that take some precise engineering to get just right. Want to get even more technical? Try getting them to make shapes.

While you digest all that, we’ve rounded up the news of the week for you to read over as you count down the minutes until sweet, sweet, three-day weekend patriotic freedom.


While we’re on the subject of American patriotism, if you take a step back and look at our flag, it’s a pretty lovely design. Some genius has created a poster that approaches our Manifest Destiny as a design challenge – 247 years of American flags visualized.

In less noble design elements, sometimes designers just get a little punchy and produce some really weird logos. Not the worst we’ve seen, but still. Pretty bad.

(Moving on.)

In an interesting conceptual project, what if we made passwords based on mnemonic memory rather than hackable strings of letters? Specifically, the ID Protocol uses movement, color, and storytelling to create infinite, personal online passwords.  We’ve already made our opinions on internet password security pretty clear. The ID Protocol might not be there yet, but we do love how it has managed to marry design and security.


As part of their ongoing outreach for the next generation of developers, Google’s offering free coding classes to women and minorities. Don’t want to wade through the (already huge) waitlist? Check out CodeAcademy.

Pretty smart move, considering that developers are one of the top recession-proof employment fields, according to Business Insider.

In things relevant to our week at Spry Digital, this automated end-to-end test makes continuous deployment safe by comparing before and after webpage screenshots for each release. Take some of the stress off.

Social Media

The news of the week was Facebook. If you felt a little extra cranky looking at Facebook sometime in 2012, it might not have been just you. We already know that social media can tend to make us a little more needy and depressed. Comparing our mundane lives to everyone’s artificially curated ones isn’t good without a hefty dose of reality. However, it came out through a study publication last week that Facebook was using some of their users as free lab rats without their consent. Basically, Facebook changed the algorithm that determined what posts showed in certain feeds with an interest in emotional content. If you saw a news feed that looked like everyone you knew was having a really bad day and then you posted a negative status as a result of that emotional feedback, Facebook might have been messing with you. The largest concern at the moment is that it doesn’t appear that Facebook’s experiment had few (if any) limits, not to mention the dubious “permission” assumed in their terms of service. Now, there are some rumblings that their experiments were far more extensive than the one reported on last week. Time will tell.

Depending on how you view it, it may just be another reason to stay a Facebook lurker or delete your account entirely.


Some handy productivity add-ons, extensions, and ideas from the week:

Sometimes you need a little extra nudge to be awesome. The Momentum Chrome extension has your to-do list, weather, and focus of the day with a little personalized pep-talk. It’s not like your computer can give you a hug of encouragement, but it’s close.

Tired of keeping up with who you’re still waiting to hear back from in email? Unreplied lets you see who still hasn’t responded to your email. Need more help on your end? Boomerang reminds you when to follow back up with people. Both integrate with Gmail.

NOT that we condone this, but if you want to make whatever website you’re browsing look like the New York Times, Timesify applies a mask to make a site like Buzzfeed look instantly more intelligent. But you didn’t hear about it from us.

Making a case for Product Dev Fridays, what if you got all your work done by noon on Friday and then spent the rest of the day brainstorming how to fix problems and innovate? Think of it as focused daydreaming meets teambuilding. We think it’s pretty brilliant. Speaking of, there’s actually a science to brainstorming. It’s not just idle time. Creativity in problem solving is a learned trait, not always an innate gift. Make your brainstorming sessions as productive as possible when you know a few tricks to jumpstart the process.

That does it for this week’s SpryHive. Eat some hot dogs, light some fireworks, and enjoy your long weekend. We’ll be back here on Monday ready to go again!

Dispatches from the SpryHive 2014: Week 23

Posted by spry & filed under Tips.

Happy Friday and Happy National Donut Day! The Spry staff had their morning sugar rush courtesy of Strange Donuts, a local shop responsible for this amazing photo project. We really like the behind the scenes making of from a design perspective.

Grab a box of crullers and a hot cup of coffee and kick back and relax with your friendly neighborhood SpryHive. You want links? Lucky you! We’ve got links!

Tech News

An Apple a day…

Unless you were vacationing under a rock this week, you probably caught wind that Apple made some pretty interesting announcements at WWDC 2014, its worldwide developer conference. We got to see the future of Apple with a look at OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. While most people were expecting some hardware announcements, their software stole the show. We’ll spare you a play-by-play with this summary of the 22 most important things Apple announced.

Apple is already running into some criticism from designers for the selection of Helvetica Neue to replace Lucida Grande. Neue is being dinged for potential under-performance in its web functionality and appearance at smaller sizes. However, typograpy-philes have been expressing their love of Helvetica for a long time (there’s even a movie about it). We agree, it’s clean and slim, but is this a case of form over function?

Women in Tech

De-coding women

It’s no secret that development can be a bit of a boy’s club. Some have even called it “brogramming”. Often, this attitude manifests in subtly hostile and misogynistic assumptions and language that lets women know they’re not welcome. The latest example came from Atlas Camp – a developers conference run by software developer Atlassian, who makes Spry’s internal chat program HipChat. A presenter compared a plugin framework to his girlfriend, saying it “doesn’t play well with others”, “demands attention”, and “complains a lot”. For their part, Atlassian denounced the presenter’s comments as not being part of their company culture and issued a lengthy apology.

Re-coding women

Sadly, incidents like Atlas Camp aren’t isolated. How do we encourage women and girls to step in to the ring and get involved with more tech and coding? Simply put, we need to talk about it more. We need to make it more acceptable and encouraged. This excellent Op-Ed from this week’s New York Times offers a lot of resources. More and more startups are springing up across the country to address this question. Locally, LaunchCode has started a new offshoot called Coder Girl. Even a cursory Google search will let you know that this isn’t an isolated initiative; similar programs are gaining steam across the United States via broadening participation by girls in STEM programs and the Equal Futures Partnership.

Developer Goodies

“What’s this built with?”

Find a site you really like? Take a peek under the hood with Built With. Billing itself as a “Technology Profiler” (among other things) it’s one of our go-to resources. It offers a snapshot of all the technologies found on a site to help devs and designers make more informed decisions. Even better, there’s a Chrome extension that makes sneaking that peek a total breeze.

Learn Swift

With all the buzz Apple had in the news this week, there’s been a flurry of interest around their newly announced programming language, Swift. Swift is the successor to Objective-C for creating iOS and OS X apps. If you want to learn it, Apple is offering a free eBook from iTunes.

Miscellaneous Goodies

LEGO just *gets* us.

Two LEGO tidbits from this week. Based on public interest and petition, LEGO announced that it will be rolling out a women scientists set. We can’t wait to get our hands on it. Also, in LEGO’s latest ad campaign an artist re-imagines famous works of art using LEGO bricks creating pixilated, but recognizable, works of art. On both counts, we do advise you NOT to step on them. We hear it’s pretty much the worst.

Rock out with your HTML out.

If you need a little afternoon distraction, we’ve got you covered.  Check out the HTML5 Drum Machine. Makes getting into your work groove even easier with a good beat.

13 minutes of “WORTH. IT.”

You might remember our soapbox on net neutrality from a couple weeks ago. It’s a topic that’s not going away. John Oliver takes on net neutrality and motivates an army of internet dwellers – “for once in your lives, focus your indiscriminate rage in a useful direction. Seize your moment, my lovely internet trolls!” And, man, they did. Between Oliver and impassioned Redditors, 45,000 comments and 300,000 emails went to the FCC. The general rule of the internet is “Never read the comments” but that FCC site might be worthy.


That’s it for this week. You’ve got a whole weekend to recover from your donut-induced sugar coma.
We’ll catch you on the flip side. Pass the TUMS?


Dispatches from the SpryHive 2014: Week 17

Posted by spry & filed under Tips.

Guys. Hold up. Tomorrow is DrupalCampSTL. How have you not grabbed a ticket yet?

We’re putting the finishing touches on our presentations so we’ll keep this SpryHive short and sweet!

  1. Have a Grunt Gulp down some Broccoli at Brunch. Or, how to give your CSS a spring cleaning tidy up.
  2. Webfonts are beautiful but also a little load heavy. A friendly hint to get your sites to load faster.
  3. Cagematch: Inline SVG vs Icon fonts.
  4. 30% of people already get the bulk of their news from Facebook. Obviously, Facebook wants in on that action.
  5. Lost Andy Warhol works found on old Amiga disks. Give that man another 15 minutes.
  6. Cookie-less, cross-device marketing. It’s a thing.
  7. The internet is going private and the demand for bandwidth is up to 138 Tbps. That is a LOT of LOLCats. 
  8. An attempt to create a universal icon set for verbs. What do you think – is “headbanging” a daily use word? We think so.
  9. The most egregious (and hilarious) misuses of quotation marks. Bad, grammar, bad! Go sit in the corner.
  10. Last week we brought you Google Easter eggs. This week, have some Chrome Experiments for your entertainment.

Have a fantastic weekend, everyone!