Archive: November, 2005

API’s to better UI

The APIs and functions that developers create for software often influence the user interface that is later created by other developers. It’s therefore important to consider the interface implications of your API’s. Let’s take a simple example, the MessageBox function. This function makes it very easy for developers to prompt the user with YES, NO […]

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Linux Thoughts

For years the open-source Linux community has been competing with Microsoft to become the dominant desktop operating system. Linux has made great progress as a server OS but continues to struggle to get a hold on the consumer desktop. Progress has been quick to match features with Redmond but this type of progress will only […]

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More on software installations

The system folder on my computer has 4GB of stuff in it. It’s impossible to tell what’s needed and what isn’t. In a default installation of Windows there is little control over where a program can output data, what files can be read and written or how often the program can connect to the internet. […]

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Cell Phone + Ipod Concept

I saw this picture of the LG-KV5900 and was inspired to render this image in Photoshop to illustrate an idea that’s been percolating in my head of a true cellphone meets ipod. (this image is fake) Cingular recently released the Rokr phone that has been met with less then stellar reviews. The problem with the […]

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Speed Bumps for my Mouse

There is a general principal of software interaction called “Fitts Law” briefly stated this says that things that are far from the mouse are hard to click and things that are small are also hard to click. It also goes on to say that the corners and edges of the screen are easy to click […]

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Productivity tip- check email less often

Email notification is a sweet seducer of your time. You’ve got mail! It’s exciting, someone cares enough to write something to you. The sound of the new message, the pop-up notification begs you to stop what you’re doing and read it! I think that email is to some degree addictive. Each message is a bit […]

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All your Google data base are belong to us

The value of Google increases as more information is placed on the internet. The larger the internet space the more important it is to have a great search engine. But lately more and more data is trapped in databases. This is where Google Base comes in. The little heard about project at Google is going […]

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Web Keyboard Accessibility

Accessibility for applications has been used for over 10 years to help users quickly navigate. When you hit the ALT key the menus light up and you can tell the access keys by the underlines on the letters: File Edit View Bookmarks Tools Help Seeing an underline isn’t easy but it’s possible. But in a […]

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Google Money

OK my post about Google Base was only three days before they officially launched so here’s a prediction that’s a little farther out… Google Wallet or perhaps Google Money. Lookout paypal because I believe that Google may be looking at changing not only how we find things on the web but how we pay for […]

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Electronics should be silent

I’m sick of the buzzing, whining, humming and clicking of electronics. Computers have for years differentiated themselves by performance metrics. More memory, larger hard drive, faster processor. Computers are now reaching the point where memory and processor speed are no longer a differentiating factor. The top things people do with their computers… Surf the web, […]

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