Easily share your screenshots on Trello, Slack and Github with Marker

Earlier today my friend @gpessia shared his discovery of Marker a Chrome extension aimed at web professionals needing a fast, easy, dependable tool to share their browser’s screenshots on Trello boards, Slack channels or Github pages.
This extension is being developed to talk with Evernote, Basecamp and Bitbucket in the near future.
It’s also free, so if you’re into Google Chrome why don’t give it a try?

Vivaldi, the browser

While only today the news that Opera has been ‘acquired’ by a chinese consortium led by Golden Brick Silk Road for $600 million (543 million euros) [source] … I have realized that I’ve not spent any word on some browsers I use as alternatives to the main 3 ones: Safari, Firefox and Google Chrome.

Vivaldi is the first one.

Vivaldi is a freeware web browser developed by Vivaldi Technologies, a company founded by Opera Software co-founder and former CEO Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner and Tatsuki Tomita.[5][6] The browser is aimed at staunch technologists, heavy Internet users, and previous Opera web browser users disgruntled by Opera’s transition from the Presto layout engine to the Blink layout engine, which removed many popular features in the process.[5][7] Vivaldi aims to revive the old, popular features of Opera 12 and introduce new, more innovative ones.[8] The browser is updated weekly, in the form of “Snapshots”, and has gained popularity since the launch of its first technical preview.[9]

Personally I use the latest beta release (which you can find clearly linked over the Vivaldi Blog) for testing some features or trying out some website while building them. A friend of mine liked it so much he uses it as default since this January … personally I prefer to stick with the 3 main ones for default, and use those alternatives in all the other situations.

What about you?

Tweetbot for Mac OS discounted!

Tweetbot icon Since July 1st Tapbots’ wonderful client for Twitter has been put with a -50% discounted price over the Mac App Store.

Now at 4,99€/$ I’ve finally bought it, feeling that to be the right price for a software that fills no need but just entertains me.

Tweetbot (for Mac and iOS) has a long and honored tradition of being one of the most gorgeous looking and functionality rich client available for Twitter, along with an history of polemics for its pricing update policy.

In fact with macOS ‘Sierra’ and iOS 10 coming in the next few months – maybe just after this summer – I am fearing, and I’m not alone in this, that this heavy discount promo is funneling a new breed of paying clients that will face a paid-upgrade version n°5 for the new Apple operating system.

Anyway only time will tell, and this is the lowest price ever for this good Twitter client. So if you need its feature set, compared to the free official client, why not go for it?

Introducing Canvas

Today I’m excited to introduce Canvas. Canvas is notes for teams of nerds. It’s already getting used by dozens of teams to take notes, work on new product features, send out investor updates, and even create police reports in one crazy instance.

As anyone who’s ever contemplated working on a text editor knows, ‘thar be dragons’. We’ve spent the past year creating a solid foundation and striking new ground into creating the best developer focused editing experience. For the public beta, we focused on 4 areas:

  • Start with the writing. It’s the best way to clarify thought. Getting words down is the start to any good product. Canvas makes you and your words shine.
  • Focused on flow. No preview, we’ll fold the markdown instead. Minimal chrome. Markdown shortcuts to keep your hands flying.
  • Absurdly easy sharing. URLs are magic. Start up a meeting, share the URL in Slack, and your entire team is instantly in.
  • Hackable. Make it easy to integrate into your workflows and systems. No lock in. Create structure where there wasn’t any before.

We’re only just beginning, and want your feedback. Over the coming year we’re working on making Canvas into a true workbench. For me, this means embedding content from all over, making Canvas a live view into your GitHub and Trello workflows. I’m excited to hear how you want Canvas to evolve.

So far my only regret is the missing support of Firefox (of which today Mozilla has released the version 47.0) … and I’ll write about that to the author as soon as I’ll hit that publish button here!

Google aims to kill passwords by the end of this year

Biometric authentication is a powerful enabler, allowing businesses smart enough to deploy it to significantly increase rates of registration, gaining data and insight about their customers, while also increasing customer security. This is a win/win scenario which sounds the death-knell for awkward and insecure passwords sooner than we may imagine.
Richard Lack

via a post on The Guardian

Firefox, Google, SSL certificates and connections … and Kaspersky

no-kasperskyThe Set-up
A system with Microsoft Windows operating system, Firefox as browser, Kaspersky as the antivirus.

When you try to load a god-forgotten page like google.com (or after trying to use the embedded web search box in Firefox) you end up with an error page. Unknown SSL certificate and a mysterious SEC_ERROR_UNKNOWN_ISSUER message…

My comment

It seems that Kaspersky puts its hands quite heavily on the connections made by a Windows computer (if I Google for that I got over 107-thousands results). What can you do? First carefully check all the configuration options that the Antivirus makes available. Then, if you cannot solve, please be aware that Kaspersky installs its own “master” SSL certificate, against of every other certificate will be “compared” … This file is also not read automagically by Firefox (even if installed at system level) … So you have to dig in your computer’s file system, and then manually install over Mozilla’s browser.

Only in this way – at last – those little and insignificant Google company SSL cert is being recognized and you can go on your browsing. The SSL file to load is called ‘(fake)Kaspersky Anti-Virus personal root certificate.cer’ and you have to check for it on those locations, given your Windows version:

  • Windows 2000 / XP – %AllUsersProfile%\Application Data\Kaspersky Lab\AVP60MP4\Data\Cert\
  • Windows Vista / 7 – %AllUsersProfile%\Kaspersky Lab\AVP60MP4\Data\Cert\
  • else a path like C:\ProgramData\Kaspersky Lab\AVP16.0.0\Data\Cert\

[As a more precise technical reference you can use this document or this post over  Kaspersky websites]

Alternative solution: change your antivirus … ASAP!

We need more Firefoxes.

We need more browsers that treat their users, rather than publishers, as their customers. It’s the natural cycle of concentration-disruption-renewal that has kept the Web vibrant for nearly 20 years (eons, in web-years).

We may never get another one, though.

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), once the force for open standards that kept browsers from locking publishers to their proprietary capabilities, has changed its mission. Since 2013, the organization has provided a forum where today’s dominant browser companies and the dominant entertainment companies can collaborate on a system to let our browsers control our behavior, rather than the other way.

Cory Doctorow, Save Firefox

On WordPress.org and Automattic

State of WordPress & Automattic


introducing Laravel Valet

Introducing Laravel Valet: The local development environment that’ll make you say, “damn, that’s zonda.”

Why you should disable autofill

Interesting read today over Medium. In a simple proof of concept Harmen Stoppels has shown how much information the browser’s autofill functions shares with an online form, even if this asks for a 3 items subset:

Read more over his post: Why you should disable autofill →