Archive: December, 2005

Pondering in Portland

This week I was invited to Portland, OR to speak at the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL) architects meeting. The group assembed represented the majority players in the Linux community including major companies, individuals and contributors to desktop Linux. A number of individuals representing both top companies and industry companies were present including Redhat, Suse, […]

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Email 2.0

The initial version of email has a lot of problems that can not be addressed by making minor modification to the way that email is trasnsmitted. A new architecture needs to be developed to begin to replace our current email infrastructure. Problems – No guarantee or acknowledgement of delivery. – No accountability for who sent […]

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Twas the night before meltdown

Twas a night such as this one and all through the office, Not a creature was stirring, not even the bosses. The servers were hung on the blue screen with care, In hopes that the updates soon would be there. The employees were nestled away from their cubes, While strange infomercials danced on their tubes. […]

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The Linux Attitude

I had the extreme pleasure of being called a F***ing Idiot by Linus the original creator of Linux. It’s with such ferocity and conviction that he called me an idiot that has me concerned about a possible future and direction of Linux as a main-stream easy to use operating system. The main concern is with […]

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Searchable User Interface

Assume for a minute that you had a product with 1,000,000 features. Each feature has a unique function and performs a specific unique task. As a UI designer how would you approach this design problem? A quick look at today’s common UI metaphors would show that conventional tools won’t work. Menus can’t scale to 1000 […]

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Richer Browser UI Thumbnails

I was playing around with a couple of FireFox extentions that add some interesting thumbnailing capabilities to the browser and it reminded me of a sketch I made of adding rich thumbnail capabilities into the browser back button. The idea was to show richer previews when opening the “split-button” section of the browser back button. […]

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Email Folders vs. File Folder

Why are email folders so different from file folders? Cut Copy Paste: You can cut copy and paste email folders and file folders but you can’t move one to the other. Search: You can search email and you can search folders and files but unless you have a desktop search engine installed you can’t search […]

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Car Dashboard User Interface

Recently Mercedes showed the beginning of dynamic car interface design. In some respect cars have always had interface design only it’s been more mechanical and dashboard design and less of a dynamic computer based interface. In the next 5 years I expect most high end models to begin to incorporate dynamic interface. Car Interface design […]

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