This week was a week of launches. Not only did it see the arrival of the wonderful simian inspired blog that you’re reading right now but also the launch of Google’s answer to Facebook, Google Plus or, if you either grew up in the hood or utilise a lot of abbreviated text speak (surprising just how closely related they are, isn’t it?), G+.
Anyway, in true web weekly round-up fashion, let’s cut the chat and get down with the link love.
All I have to say here is thank you, Typekit! We’re big, big believers in web typography and have no doubt about the role it’s going to play in web design and development over the next few years. Unfortunately outdated browser technologies (along with hideous Windows font rendering) make the whole process of implementing web fonts rather tricky sometimes. It’s a good thing we have great companies like Typekit paving the wave for us and making our lives as easy as they can.
A great little article from SEOmoz that introduces and describes the features that the new Google+ has to offer, perfect if you haven’t received an invite yet or have been on the lam from the FBI with no Internet access for the past week. Although they only touch on it briefly, what I am really looking forward to are SEOmoz’s insights and thoughts about how G+ will affect search engine rankings for sites.
A touching post on the MailChimp blog really hit a cord with me and reminded me of the famous quote from Harvey MacKay: “Find something you love to do, and you’ll never work a day in your life”. They couldn’t be more right – life is too important to waste it doing something you don’t like every day. Of course now that MailChimp has stolen the perfect tagline for our own company, we’re going to have to go back to drawing back and think up something else. Somehow “It’s Monkey Time!” doesn’t quite cut it in comparison.
If you’re new to Ruby on Rails and/or Ubuntu hosting then look no further than this fantastic article from Smashing Magazine that outlines the steps for setting up an Ubuntu VPS. As someone that used to use a lot of managed hosting myself but has recently switched to VPS hosting, I can honestly appreciate the knowledge that an article like this imparts.
It’s articles like this that make me really wish I lived in New York. The last famous person I encountered was so un-famous that even if I told you their name, you still would have no idea who I was talking about. Of course I still tweeted about the encounter anyway.