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Dispatches from the Spry Hive: Week 33

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

This post is part of a weekly series featuring the latest buzz around the Spry Hive.

“My opinion is it’s a bridge too far to go to fully autonomous cars.”
– Elon Musk

Web Design & Development

Chris Coyier decided to jot down what goes through his head when examining a website. Good items to think about when building your next website.

Microsoft and An Event Apart are teaming up for another 10k Apart, a contest for web designers and developers to create ultra lean, compelling experiences that are under 10 kilobytes in size and don’t use JavaScript. Did we mention there are awards?

Dan Mall, former design director at Happy Cog and technical editor at A List Apart, shares his design trade secrets.

When PHP attacks:

Also found on Twitter… The importance of code reviews:

More emails are opened on mobile devices and that number is growing. Here is a great list of lessons learned from building responsive emails.

Still exploring what you can do with scalable vector graphics (SVG)? Well, learn what’s new with SVG 2.

If you prefer your sites on the static side, then you’re probably familiar with Jekyll. If you’d like to try the new Jekyll Admin before its release next week, they’re looking for early user feedback.


Twitter has some new features that allow you to better control your experience.

Uber Driverless Car

Courtesy Foo Conner / Flickr via Motherboard

Uber will begin transporting customers around with driverless cars starting this month in Pittsburgh.

After years of financial troubles and its share of controversy, Gawker will end operations come next week.

NASA is making 861 research papers available for free as part of their new PubSpace database. While you can expect the number of NASA-funded articles published to PubSpace to increase over time, the space agency will not be releasing all of their research. Exempt are materials governed by personal privacy, proprietary, or security laws.

Kick your legs up at the pool, beach or backyard and enjoy a lazy summer weekend with the Spry Hive. See you next week!

Dispatches from the SpryHive 2014: Week 20

Posted by spry & filed under Tips.

Happiest of Fridays, everyone! The team at Spry Digital is in crunch mode.  (And we don’t just mean snacking, though we do plenty of that, too. Carbs, holla!) We hope you enjoy these short snippets of water cooler conversation as much as we do.

Here are our highlights from the week.

In “not news” and also “should be obvious but bears repeating” info for Entrepreneurs:

We say this a lot but we don’t feel like we can say it enough – at least not until we see a real culture shift: Women are crucial to the success of our entrepreneurial economy. It’s why Spry actively encourages and mentors young women to jump in to tech and startups. It goes beyond a personal initiative. I makes good economic sense. Don’t believe us? This article lays out pretty succinctly why building gender inclusiveness into the startup culture is crucial.

News relevant to everyone’s interests:

This week, the Federal Trade Commission voted in favor of advancing a “paid priority” proposal that could change the way we experience the Internet. It’s conceivable that internet service providers could start charging web sites for higher-quality delivery of their content to American consumers. Imagine letting Charter or Comcast control the websites and content you can access. Yeah, we don’t think that sounds go great, either. Critics of this move are concerned that this could be the beginning of the end for net neutrality.  Read more here and here. Or check this out for a crash course in why net neutrality is such a big deal if you’re not already familiar.

Developers’ tips of the week:

To quote the author, “We live in a golden age of front end development.” This comprehensive article provides suggestions using Zurb Ink and Grunt to create lovely HTML email templating without a huge hassle. For anyone who’s tried to create custom email templates, you understand how difficult they can be. With the power duo of Ink and Grunt (um, would their celeb couple name be Grunk?), the workflow doesn’t have to be so painful.

And one more quick nugget for Devs:

Atom, often rated one of the best text editors, is now free and open source. We’re big GitHub and open source fans around the Spry offices, so this is exciting on multiple levels. Right now it’s only available for OS/X but they’ve promised Windows and Linux will be available soon.

Last non sequitur of the week:

George R. R. Martin, our favorite merciless writer who will probably kill you off before you’ve finished reading this blog post, recently revealed that he writes his epic tomes on a seriously antiquated system. How many of you young whippersnappers remember DOS? It sounds ridiculous, but maybe he’s on to something. At least from a productivity perspective.

That’s it for the week. Short and sweet, just like …something that’s both short and sweet. Ease off, it’s Friday. Our cleverness resources are critically low.  Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive

Posted by Julia Koelsch & filed under Tips.

This is the first of a semi-regular series of links and articles that caught our attention this week.

1. We like HipChat a lot and use it as our internal group chat. Now we like it even better with the discovery of hidden HipChat emoticons.

2. Nifty list of .htaccess tricks.

3. There are tons of articles about how we all check email too much. But this article presents an interesting alternative: deep work.

4. This little tool is invaluable for testing responsive behavior.