Archive: April, 2005

Google prediction part 2

So on 2/18/05 I predicted that Google maps would add satellite images from their Keyhole company. Just two months later my prediction comes true: http://maps.google.com. The interface is very simple and allows you to either view the maps on google or the satellite images. The interface is fully functional between maps directions, and the drag-to-scroll […]

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Don’t punish the back button

The back button on the browser is one of the most used buttons in the browser. It’s used far more often then Stop, Refresh and Forward combined. It’s incredibly useful for getting back to a recently viewed page or canceling a navigation that you didn’t mean to make. Unfortunately some website are punishing users for […]

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I miss you Active Desktop

So around 1998 Microsoft released Windows 98 the successor to Windows 95. This release of windows was geared much more around the internet. Web enabled widgets showed up in the File Manager, in the help sub-system, in screen-savers and right on your desktop. The novelty of placing stock-tickers, weather, calculators and other do-dads was too […]

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Visual Command Line

Since before the days of DOS the command line has been the down and dirty way to issue commands, start programs and list files. But how has the command line changed in the these years? Fundamentally it’s all the same, you list files, change directories and pipe commands. Some command lines in UNIX have options […]

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