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What did I miss?

Posted on 17 October 2012 13 comments

On Monday morning I sat down in front of my computer for the first time in three weeks, having just returned from our honeymoon (we went driving around New England; so kind of you to ask). During that time, I intentionally kept away from the web. No email, no RSS, and no Twitter.

Sometimes you only need to be away from Twitter for an hour or two to feel completely separated from the goings-on in the outside world, so after three weeks I’m sure I’ve missed a lot. Or have I? Part of my decision to not check in all the time was to truly distance myself from everything, including some of the more trivial arguments we sometimes get lost in when really there are more important things to think about.

So, as a bit of an experiment — and to assist me as I wade through my RSS subscriptions — I’d love to know: what did I miss?

If any cool apps or products were launched in the last three weeks, please let me know in the comments. Was there an essential debate that shook the tech industry to its very foundations? Let me know. Perhaps a new animal riding on a Segway? I’d definitely like to know about that. And please feel free to use this as an opportunity to pimp any work you might’ve been involved with!


  1. Aplomb


    17 October 2012 @ 01:10PM #

    You missed the launch of Codex 2.

  2. MrQwest


    17 October 2012 @ 01:10PM #

    Those clever chaps at RiotHQ released Anvil for mac. I thought that was pretty nice. http://anvilformac.com

  3. Aplomb


    17 October 2012 @ 01:12PM #

    And yes, indeed, you missed the launch of Anvil. It’s pretty neat!

  4. Wakkos


    17 October 2012 @ 01:18PM #

    You missed @SmashingConf, bloody bastard! And made us miss you there.

  5. Rachel


    17 October 2012 @ 01:21PM #

    As Anthony said, Anvil was launched, which is a pretty super cool but most importantly EASY way to dev locally – I’ve used it all week in a contract job I’m in for the next couple of weeks and it’s been great :) http://anvilformac.com/

    Also, this debate/argument is raging on still but there was a .net article about sexism in the tech industry, which has spawned several other articles on top of it! http://www.netmagazine.com/features/primer-sexism-tech-industry and http://on.fb.me/RPLchO

    Hope you had a good honeymoon! Sounds like you had lots of lovely adventures. Congrats to you both :)

  6. Jamie Brittain

    Jamie Brittain

    17 October 2012 @ 01:50PM #

    I made http://whatsmybrowsersize.com :)

  7. Dom


    17 October 2012 @ 02:02PM #

    Hey Jay. Here’s one we launched.


    ReSRC.it delivers responsive images on-demand, direct from the cloud. I strongly suggest you to try the demos on you ipad. Responsive images or orientation, pinch, double click (when zoomed in) bandwidth detection, retina support etc…. And then check it in your desktop also.

    Whilst everyone else moans on about the spec for HTML5 responsive images, we just got on and built something that seriously works. Far better than any spec implementation ever will.

    Even if you don’t sign up, please have a good read and check the demos.

    Cheers Dom

  8. Steve Fenton

    Steve Fenton

    17 October 2012 @ 02:14PM #

    TypeScript was a cool announcement!
    Microsoft made it, but it is Apache 2 licensed and emerging in tools other than Visual Studio.

  9. Zach LeBar

    Zach LeBar

    17 October 2012 @ 02:19PM #

    They finally announced pricing for the Microsoft Surface (http://surface.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/Content/pbpage.Surface?ESICaching=off ).

    SNL had a very funny skit about tech journalists and the iPhone 5 (http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/tech-talk-iphone-5/1420759). Considering your reasons for staying away from trivial tech news for the last 3 weeks, you’ll probably really appreciate.

  10. Christian Krammer

    Christian Krammer

    17 October 2012 @ 02:39PM #

    Two important articles on ALA: http://www.alistapart.com/articles/

  11. Pablo Lara H

    Pablo Lara H

    17 October 2012 @ 02:47PM #

    Crunch! – The tastiest LESS editor

  12. Matthew Anderson

    Matthew Anderson

    17 October 2012 @ 06:54PM #

    Elliot— Forgive me for blatantly self-promoting with this, but it seems relevant to your request. I just launched the Kickstarter for NYC Type last week: http://kck.st/QiYova . The project is born out of a desire to preserve and celebrate vernacular type and lettering — firstly in New York City, but ultimately world-wide.

    • http://nyctype.com

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