O3 Digest – January 2013

We’re going to start a new thing here at O3. Once a month, we’re going to post some of the most interesting things we’ve come across in the web design and development world during the previous month. If you have any suggestions, you can let us know here.

Emoticons turn 131

Emoticons made their somewhat discreet debut in the March 30, 1881 issue of Puck Magazine. Although they would stay dormant for over 100 years, they splashed back on the scene to stay during the late 1990s. For better or for worse, Emoticons made their debut 131 years ago.

Puck Magazine, March 30, 1881

Puck Magazine, March 30, 1881

Via Explore.

Percentage Loader

Percentage Loader is a nifty jQuery plugin to display progress in a visually engaging way. This format certainly beats the hell out of the run-of-the-mill animated gifs that are prevalent throughout cyberspace. Percentage Loader Via Better2Web.com

Splurge on AppleCare?

Our friends at Gizmodo give you the rundown on when you should break bad and buy AppleCare and when to punt. The short version:

  • Professional Machines – Definitely
  • iPhones – Firm yes if you’re prone to breaking them, otherwise, save the cash. You’ll have to break it twice to break even.
  • If you upgrade regularly – Nope
  • If you’re buying a home computer – Probably
  • If you’re buying refurbished – Maybe, but don’t buy based on the fact that it’s a refurb, only buy it if it’s an expensive professional machine or if you break stuff.

Via Gizmodo

WordPress 3.5 “Elvin” is released

Celebrity Chef Aaron Sanchez shares his digital side

If you’re a casual foodie, you’re probably well aware of Aaron Sanchez, Latin-American cuisine specialist and frequent judge on Food Network’s Chopped series. In this article on Lifehacker, Sanchez shares his love of Spotify, Google Calendar, his iPhone, as well as running 3 browsers at one time on his MacBook Pro.

Safari, Firefox, and Chrome open?

Safari, Firefox, and Chrome open?

Via Lifehacker

CSS Baseline

In this in-depth article by the always insightful Smashing Magazine, author Espen Brunborg gives an incredibly deep look at the issues arising from vertical consistency with CSS Baseline. Since humans are especially good at pattern recognition, keeping consistency both horizontally and vertically can leave a user feeling in control and more receptive of the content you’re displaying. A must read for any web design or development professional.

CSS BaselineVia Smashing Magainze

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