Great piece on user interface evolution

Matt Gemmell penned a great piece on User Interface design and evolution as it relates to, well, a lot of things. It's definitely worth the time to read Tail Wagging.

Backup Software

I'd never heard of World Backup Day before seeing an article about it in Wired today, but it sounds like a good idea, especially for those whose friends may partake in a little bit of the April Foolery tomorrow. repository for invention disclosure

Launched just ahead of the first move by the US to switch from first-to-invent to first-to-file, a new site, has launched, with the idea of putting your materials in the public view in order to limit other people from attempting to claim patent protection for ideas you are using.   I'm not a lawyer, but from what I can see, this is mostly useful for forcing ideas to be disclosed for public use (i.e. intent to eventually place in the public domain).

New server, new design

Hi folks.   We're back on the air with a new server and a new design.  Hopefully this less noisy design is a bit more paletable.   Any links to the old site will cease to function today, but there weren't many anyway (according to Google Webmaster Tools), but we have preserved all of the content.

My plan is to post more in 2013 than I did in 2012, which I believe I have already achieved by posting a single article.

Cheers for now, and set the new RSS feed to keep up to date.


Where'd my darned flash go!

I received a question this afternoon from my cousin about the amount of free flash in her MacBook Air and figured that the answer would probably be useful to others as well. Note that none of this is officially from Apple, so it might be wrong, but I have had quite a few SSDs and the vast majority of it is correct, or at least a jumping off point.


Verb-first AppleScript commands

This is a note for those of us who might run into this problem. When working on some changes for Cartographica, I ran into some difficulty when using a verb-first command that could take either a list of one type of user-defined object or another type of user-defined object.

Flash, ubiquitous mediocrity

So with all the wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth over Adobe Flash in the last few days, I just wanted to make sure I got this little tidbit in. When it comes to user experience, Adobe just doesn't understand. Their "platform" of flash brings a mediocrity born of the Internet of 5-10 years ago into your browser window. Why? Because, with Flash you can build once and deploy everywhere.... Wait a second, wasn't that Java? Have you ever used a Java application? They just don't feel right on any platform and neither does Flash. My troubles today began when I headed over to the Adobe site to give them my bi-annual upgrade fee...

Apple replaces ADC with Mac Developer Program

Wow! Apple certainly wants more people to sign up as Mac developers, that's for sure. In changes made today, the ADC Premier and Select tiers have disappeared and they have been replaced with Mac Developer through the current developer portal (which has the iPhone developer sign-up as well). Mac and iPhone are now $99/year each and doesn't include the hardware discount, which has been an historical benefit of the more expensive developer program. More importantly, you can't buy the Premier version, which includes your ticket to the next WWDC, so you'll be fighting the crowd with everyone else.

First media rant of the year

That didn't take too long. Dana Milbank of the Washington Post has a column coming out tomorrow (which I won't link to because of my theory that this is all about the flame bait and web hits). The article basically states that Glenn Beck is more admired than The Pope. Ah, the cherry-picking! So, the original poll (Gallup, based on 1025 surveyed adults, estimated +/- 4% error rate) does seem to show that if you look at one particular piece of it whilst ignoring everything else. However....

Pogue on an author's view of DRM for books

David Pogue (NY Times) has written a blog entry about his experience as an author selling an ebook with no DRM... and it wasn't the end of the world, or even his career as an author. With the nook and a possible Apple tablet coming to contend with the Kindle, will the publishing industry realize that this may just be another lock-in like Apple and the iPod (which basically killed music DRM).


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