Archive: September, 2005

AJAX for Software and Interface Designers

What the heck is AJAX? AJAX stands for Asynchronous JavaScript and XML. First off it’s not a new technology, it’s an encapsulation of several technologies used together in a new way. As a general statement AJAX allow a web-page to pass information back to the server and update the page without the user having to […]

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Invention is the mother of invention

Some like to say that necessity is the mother of invention but I’m not sure I agree. Sure necessity forces you to get into a creative mode and begin the process of thinking of a solutions to a problem but “necessity” rarely leads to the actual invention. Thomas Edison’s “necessity” to work at night didn’t […]

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Ipod is a bathroom?

A recent article from my friends at Frog Design suggested that the reason people perceive the ipod as “clean” is because it reminds them of the bathroom. The idea is novel but I don’t think it’s quite right. In fact many bathrooms I’ve seen have very little association with “clean.” I believe the reason people […]

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Software product cycle

Stage one. Build a good product. Have it do one thing and do it well. Cut all features that are not critical to the central idea Stage two. Take your product and make it great. Do the things you wanted to do but didn’t have time to do during stage one. Address the top customer […]

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Telephone madness

Telephone pet peeves… Please listen carefully because our options have changed. – I don’t care if they changed just tell me the options. If people are calling your support line so often that they memorize the options you have bigger problems. We are experiencing unusually high call volume. – Bullshit. If you have a voice […]

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The big HD myth

Some people believe that 2006 will be the big year for HDTV. Although I’m sure plenty of HD sets will be sold the overall experience of watching HDTV will leave people with a sour user experience. Two different channel numbers for the same channel – How is the person watching a show supposed to know […]

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RCN discovers a new form of energy

I was having problem with my new HD cable connection to RCN so I called their technical support department. After waiting almost 30 minutes on hold I finally spoke with someone. I was experiencing static, pixelated images and staggered pictures. After a breif description of the problem the tech support person started to ask about […]

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Never Reboot my computer

Software should never reboot a computer. I don’t care what files are copied or what DLL’s are moved. I don’t care what registry keys you changed or what drivers are installed. I don’t want software to ever reboot my computer. It drives me crazy when a program thinks it’s so important that I should stop […]

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Ipod Nano First Thoughts

Yes it’s amazingly small. It’s been said before but the screen does seem to scratch easily. This may be made worse by the fact that the Ipod is designed to have a glossy finish. Most electronics have a matte finish so it’s harder to see scratches and imperfections. Because the Nano is polished to a […]

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Coffee and Keyboards

My sister was drinking coffee and typing on her laptop one day when she knocked her coffee over and it spilled all over her keyboard. The coffee started dripping between the keys and in a desperate leap to save both the laptop and the paper she was working on she started blotting the keyboard with […]

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