Randy H

Randy H

Freelancer Joined about 4 years ago

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  • Posted to Guetzli – JPEG Encoder Promises a Faster Web, by Google, Mar 19, 2017

    I installed this and gave it a try yesterday. One downside is that it noticeably reduces the color saturation of the photos. It is very slow and somewhat resource-intensive, but it does compress images quite efficiently. One image compressed from 2,828kb to 586Kb at quality setting 84, which is the lowest quality (highest compression) allowable ).

    0 points
  • Posted to Setapp – macOS shortcut to a great set of apps, in reply to Mattan Ingram , Dec 07, 2016

    According to Lifehacker it will be $9.99/mo. For the few apps that I would use, I think that is too much. If they were able to get a bigger library of apps, then I think it could be worth the price.

    https://www.google.com/amp/lifehacker.com/setapp-is-a-subscription-based-mac-app-store-packed-wit-1789734663/amp

    2 points
  • Posted to FYI: Forbes no longer allows you to view their site if you have an ad blocker on., in reply to Per V , Dec 30, 2015

    Or you can just install the following userscript: https://github.com/reek/anti-adblock-killer

    1 point
  • Posted to N1 — The extensible, open source mail client., in reply to Jim Nielsen , Oct 06, 2015

    You can run the server yourself if you don't want your email passing through a 3rd party server. I don't know how easy that is yet, though. It probably isn't something the normal user would want to deal with.

    From the FAQ page:

    I don’t trust anyone with my email. Can I run N1 and the API server myself? Yes! See the README for full instructions on setting up the sync engine, API, and N1 on your local machine. You can run everything locally and even develop plugins without using a single Nylas Platform service.

    3 points
  • Posted to Meet Opera’s new brand identity, in reply to Duncan Russell , Sep 23, 2015

    Opera has a feature that compresses traffic and saves a decent amount of bandwidth. They have had the feature for a long time and I assume this is a feature that would attract higher usage in poorer countries with slower data connections.

    2 points
  • Posted to Youtube Introduces a Transparent Player UI, Aug 03, 2015

    I have been using this for a few months with a little cookie-hack and have really enjoyed the new design. It is surprising how much more open it feels. The transparency in the progress bar and its narrow width also contribute to the openness.

    2 points
  • Posted to Any creative inspiration extention for firefox like muz.li for chrome?, in reply to Cristian Moisei , Jul 23, 2015

    Opera is my default browser at the moment, but Firefox was my goto browser before that. Firefox does have some perks and features that other browsers don't.

    I think that Firefox's main advantage is that it is much more extensible and customizable than other browsers. It can be changed on a deeper level. For that reason there are still extensions on Firefox that I cannot find alternatives to on other browsers. Chrome's interface cannot be changed. The Firefox browser UI is editable in css. My current configuration only uses about 35 px of vertical screen space.

    I always really enjoyed Firefox's tab groups implementation to group tabs into categories for work/home/a particular project, etc. The drag and drop interface is quick and convenient.

    Lately, chrome has felt bloated and sluggish for me. Firefox feels more snappy and responsive for me. Currently, I use Opera and my goto browser which feels more responsive than Chrome and a bit less buggy/quirky than Firefox. Opera is now built on Chromium, so it still runs many Chrome extensions.

    Also Firefox technically does integrate with an ecosystem called Firefox OS, but that is only mobile-targeted and quite young.

    1 point
  • Posted to Say Hello to Designer News 2.0, Jul 02, 2015

    Overall, this is looking good, but I have a few criticisms:

    • The upvote boxes seem to be fighting with the icons to their left, since they are both close in size and proximity. Together they just pull too much visual weight and feel a bit cluttered, making it harder to scan the story titles.

    • The article pages could use a wider line length, more padding/margin, and more leading/line-height.

    • We could use a little more vertical space between a comment reply and the parent comment.

    • The thin font in the header bar is rendering fine on Firefox, but very thin and pixelated in Opera and Chrome.

    0 points
  • Posted to Eye Test: Free Color Vision Test, Jul 02, 2015

    I got Robot (31).

    Another color test that focusses much more on hue differentiation is this one: http://www.xrite.com/online-color-test-challenge

    You have to arrange color tiles into perfect gradations.

    0 points
  • Posted to Quick Survey: The Future of Designer News, in reply to Catalin Cimpanu , May 22, 2015

    Design is a multidisciplinary process that is informed by many things. Semiotics, culture/pop culture, language, art, psychology, neuroscience, trends, fashion, technology, music, etc can all contribute to how we design and how an audience processes our work. I want to hear about what makes a great designer great and that isn't going to be the tools that he/she is using. I enjoy seeing content that other designers find interesting, even if it isn't directly related to design. HN's policy is similar:

    "On-Topic: Anything that good hackers would find interesting. That includes more than hacking and startups. If you had to reduce it to a sentence, the answer might be: anything that gratifies one's intellectual curiosity."

    Breadth is important . I realize that nobody wants DN to turn into a pile of blog spam, but I think there is a happy medium. I am quite happy with the current content. It could maybe use a little tweaking in its ranking.

    3 points
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