The powerful homage to Charlie Hebdo from the world of sports it ridiculed

Dec 24: Working at FastMail

FastMail Blog

This blog post is part of the FastMail 2014 Advent Calendar.

The previous post on 23nd December was the open protocol, JMAP. And this is the end!

Technical level: low

FastMail has been around for 15 years now, via a short detour as part of Opera Software and then back to being our own company again.

Some History

I was hired in 2004 as the fourth member of a small technical team in Melbourne. Rob M was living overseas at the time, so I worked with Jeremy (one of the original founders, he’s moved on to other things now) and Richard. We had no office, but I would catch the train and tram to Port Melbourne and work with Jeremy in his lounge room.

After working for a big corporate where (no joke) I couldn’t have a server to do my work for the 6 months I…

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Dec 3: Push it real good

FastMail Blog

This blog post is part of the FastMail 2014 Advent Calendar.

The previous post on December 2nd was an intro to our approach to security. Stay tuned for another post tomorrow.

Technical level: lots

Bron (one of our team, you’ve heard of him) does this great demo when he shows FastMail to other people. He opens his inbox up on the screen, and gets someone to send him an email. A nice animation slides the new message into view on the screen. At the same time, his phone plays a sound. He uses his watch to delete the email, and it disappears from the screen too. It’s a huge “wow” moment, made possible by our push notification system. Today we’ll talk about exactly how we let you know when something interesting happens in your mailbox.

Cyrus has two mechanisms for telling the world that something has changed, idled and…

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FastMail app for iOS and Android now available

Great to be releasing this, have been using it for a while now and it’s awesome.

FastMail Blog

Today we’re proud to announce the release of the FastMail app for your iPhone, iPad, iPod and Android devices. You can get it right now from the App Store (iOS) or the Play Store (Android).

 Download on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Our apps have been designed to combine our lightning-fast mobile web app with device features normally only available to native apps, most notably push notifications.

iOS notificationAndroid notification

On Android, you’ll even find support for your smartwatch!

Android Wear notificationPebble notification

More information about the FastMail app is available in our help.

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Apple Just Uploaded A U2 Album To Your iPhone And iPad — And Seriously, WTF

So now Apple decides which music you will like too.

TechCrunch

Seriously. Go look. Depending on your iCloud setting, U2’s latest album might be sitting in the Music app, ready to play. Otherwise, the album is most likely still shown, available to download from iCloud from your iPhone, iPad, or iTunes app. Worse yet, it’s rather difficult to rid your phone and iTunes account of the album.

Yesterday at the iPhone 6 launch event, Bono and Tim Cook jointly unleashed this scourge on the iTunes world by daintily touching the tips of their fingers. Seriously, it was awkward. Cook called the album release the largest in history — something that’s easily obtainable when you push it to millions and millions of devices.

Now, Songs of Innocence is everywhere, seemingly on nearly every iPhone and iPod and iTunes account. I, for one, do not want this on my iPhone, but there is little that can be done.

Sadly you cannot totally purge…

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Moto 360 wireless charging dock revealed, serves as bedside clock

Programmer Craig Muth Kickstarts A New Version Of His (Arguably Amazing) Shell, Xiki

could be interesting, must remember to take a look sometime.

TechCrunch

Put on your nerd hats, kids, and let’s sit back and bask in the glory of Xiki. Created by Craig Muth, founder of Memorize, Xiki and its shell product, xsh, allows for some amazing autocompletion tricks as well as well as interactive command line trickery that would make the average bash ninja salivate. The previous version of the shell is available now but Muth is Kickstarting a new, improved version for you and yours.

“Originally I created Xiki for my own use,” said Muth. “When I was supposed to be doing my boring job as a software dev at banks and insurance companies in Ohio 13 years ago, I started making this thing that let me run commands and navigate files directly from my notes. Ever since then I’ve found myself unable to resist working on it. I use it for everything.”

Muth is looking to raise $80,000…

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