Category: Review

Windows XP SP2 UI Critique

Windows XP Service pack 2 includes more than bug fixes. This service pack has a number of new concepts, and UI changes that users should be aware of. Some of the changes are aesthetic and some are functional. With this service pack Microsoft has taken a harder stance on security and although this may go some distance to appease […]

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Quick Calendar UI Review – Google

This is a simple UI critique of a simple feature burried in Google Calendar.  Here’s the original: It’s a relatively simple form.  It’s certainly not bad but I think it could be better. Here’s a quick mock up: Here are the key design points: The body of the form has “What, When, Where”  but doesn’t have “Who” […]

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RCN HD-DVR Sad

This is a quick list of issues I found with the RCN HD-DVR (October 2004). From my understanding the Comcast HD-DVR uses similar if not the exact same software. Ports on the back of the DVR are not labeled at all Remote has a large number of buttons (62) many of these are modal and […]

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9 Things I didn’t know about the iPad

The keyboard design isn’t as slick as the iPhone keyboard design It’s not quite a MacBook keyboard layout and it’s not an iPhone keyboard layout either. Commit actions like, done, go, search aren’t colored like on the iPhone. The dashes, dots, commas are hard to distinguish. On the iPhone a typewriter like key pops out […]

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Computer Hell

I ordered a PC from Dell.com the experience was fast and friendly. I found a computer I liked, ordered it and it was delivered in just a week. This process was painless. The pain was felt after I received the PC. Day 1 – I open and install the PC and after booting up the […]

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BlackBerry first impressions

I’ve been working on iPhone apps for the past three years and more recently we’ve been exploring Android and iPad apps as well. These are my first impressions of a Blackberry Bold: The lock-unlock button is hidden. It’s in the upper frame of the phone but it’s not even clear that it’s a button. It […]

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Office 12 Ribbon UI

Office 12 is introducing a new hybrid control called a ribbon. This control is a combination of both a toolbar and menu. The good: Simplicity – Much more simple and organized in terms of screen real estate. No more toolbars, floating widget and miscellaneous controls all over the screen. (I hope) Organized – Functionality is […]

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IE7 Review

Overview IE 7 includes a number of new features however I believe this release will do more to send people over to FireFox then it will to bring people from Firefox back to IE. Why? The core features that IE adds are already in Firefox RSS bookmaking Tabbed browsing Better CSS support Built in search […]

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Acrobat Reloaded

The standard for opening PDF files has been Adobe Acrobat reader. I’ve been using this for many years and have always been underimpressed with it. The main problem for me is load time. When I click on a PDF link from a webpage I want the document now, I don’t want to wait 10-20 seconds. […]

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Apple MacBook Switch Experience

I’ve been using Windows for over 10 years, I would say I’m an expert windows user having worked at Microsoft on some of the aspects of Windows XP and some early Vista designs. I’ve played with Mac’s over the years. I’ve had an iMac, the cube Mac and a Mac-mini but these have always served […]

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