Some ideas are so simple that I am always amazed that they have never been done before when I finally do see them for the first time. I know it is an elegant solution when I hit myself in the forehead with my palm — and so was the case with the Bike Fixtation bike repair kiosk, including adjacent bike stand. Via Urban Velo, Bike Fixtation Self-service Bike Repair Kiosk:
Self-serve bike repair kiosks and bicycle specific vending machines are ideas I’ve heard batted around by a number of people, but perhaps only now are some cities in a place to support them. Bike Fixtation has just installed their first kiosk in the Uptown Transit Station in Minneapolis MN, with a free repair stand, air pump and basic tools and a vending machine stocked with tubes, patch kits, small lights, waterbottles, multi-tools etc.
GitHub released a version for Macs earlier this week, simplifying code sharing and enabling interaction with GitHub repositories. Git is a revision control system which was developed by Linus Torvalds. The purpose? The development process of the Linux kernel. It uses Chameleon, which is a port of Apple’s UIKit. GitHub also credits libgit2 and objective-git in the creation process.
The interface is smooth, browsing through histories, switching branches and syncing different changes. It’s fast, and you don’t even have to use GitHub as your remove. It’s just as useful when used manually.
30,000 users installed GitHub within 24 hours of its release. It’s not the first GUI-based Git client for Mac, but it is well-designed, it intigrates well, and oh yeah- it’s free. The bar has been set high and similar apps like Tower, GitX and Sprout better be in the mood to keep up.