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Sep 20

Very very touching…

Sep 06

I have been spending a lot of time lately introducing myself to the world of the User Interface and design by reading The Elements of User Experience: User-Centered Design for the Web by Jesse James Garrett (Author) I have to say, I find it fascinating! Finding out what works and what does not, and seeing good UI in action is really amazing.

I think one thing that I have been learning is UI is all about user expectation and meeting that. In a good design, things are just where they should be, the majority of users expect them to be in the same area and gravitate towards that… I find that really interesting.

The other thing I have noticed is that bad UI makes people feel dumb. If the system is too complicated, users feel stupid because they can’t figure it out. I think that is why Apple users love their products so much. They feel empowered (or liberated if they switched over from the Windows world). The UI just gets out the way and lets you do what you need to do. You feel smart when you use it because you can be so efficient and your expectations are met.

In the next few weeks, I’ll be moving on to reading the follow essays by Adaptive Path: Adaptive Path Essay Archives

Sep 06

My wife published her website last night and I hope you all stop by:

http://taranom.kazempour.ca/

Aug 16

Seth rides in the Pan-Mass Challenge each year in support of the Jimmy Fund for Cancer research. Each cyclist must raise thousands of dollars to participate. Seth convinced Mac developers to donate 970(!) licenses for *over 100* awesome Mac OS X applications to support his fund raising efforts. The first software bundle auction is now up on eBay!

read more | digg story

Jul 31

I have noticed when I get stumped on a development issue I get frustrated and then tend to get up from my desk, flip over and do some web surfing, read my RSS feeds or the worst… Facebook. It usually only takes a couple of minutes but it is a distraction.

Lately I have been dealing with a the back-log of bugs in our system so I am getting up more often… Realizing this I started looking for a way of timing the amount of breaks I can take, or timing the amount of time that I am working. The idea is that I have to work for the allotted time and not break until the timer is up.

First place to look GTD (getting things done) tips is 43Folder.com because Merlin Mann is the king of GTD. On Mann’s recommendation I using a timer called Minuteur and I getting A LOT more done!

I am now setting the timer for for about 2 hours ( any longer and I am out of water and my back hurts ) and not doing anything but straight work for that entire time.

I classify straight work as not switching out to do anything else. Even work related email. Straight work is doing one task the entire time.

Jul 17

Microsoft patents the mother of all adware systems: “

In a recent patent application, Microsoft describes a multi-faceted, robust ad-delivery framework that would root around your computer in an attempt to deliver targeted ads.

Read More…

(Via Ars Technica.)

Jul 05

Non-techincal, but I don’t want to forget this..

10 Step guide to thinking like a LOSER: “

So you want to think like a loser? Ok, well here is my 10 step guide on how to become the ultimate loser:

  1. Learn that if anything is worth doing, it would have been done already.
  2. Never rush into a job or opportunity without a lifetime of consideration.
  3. Believe that tomorrow holds the possibility for new technologies, astounding discoveries, and a reprieve from your obligations.
  4. All deadlines are unreasonable regardless of the amount of time given.
  5. Never forget that the probability of a miracle, though infinitesimally small, is not exactly zero.
  6. If at first you don’t succeed, there is always next year.
  7. Always decide not to decide, unless of course you change your mind.
  8. Always begin, start, initiate, take the first step, and/or write the first word, when you get around to it.
  9. Know that the work cycle is not plan/start/finish, but is wait/plan/plan.
  10. Never put off tomorrow, what you can forget about forever.

Congratulations, you are now officially thinking like a loser.
loser

(Via Retired At 21.)

May 30

I love cloud shapes… Some of the most amazing I have ever seen:

Mammatus

Dark Roasted Blend: Mammatus , Lenticular & Other Extreme Clouds

en.wikipedia.org – Mammatus Cloud

(Via Thrilling Wonder.)

May 17

HOLY MOTHER OF GOD!!!!!!!!!

But, no mention of FWD or 4Motion. 600HP + 2 Wheel Drive = Can’t put the power down to the pavement

Volkswagen GTI W12 concept: “Volkswagen today revealed the GTI W12 concept — an ultra-high-performance version of its popular GTI hatchback. Featuring a 12-cylinder, 6.0 liter motor, the GTI W12 can hit 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds.”

(Via Leftlane News.)

Mar 13

I know I said that I would keep this blog mostly about technology…. but I just had to :)

Spied: Volkswagen Golf (Rabbit) R36: “Don’t get fooled by the R32 badge on the back — spy photographers have snapped a new round of images images showing the upcoming Volkswagen Golf/Rabbit R36. For those who believe the 250 hp engine in the R32 isn’t enough, Volkswagen is developing this 300 hp version.”

(Via Leftlane News.)