Thursday, December 30, 2004
Tuesday, December 28, 2004
Monday, December 20, 2004
Friday, December 17, 2004
Thursday, December 16, 2004
You can run your finger around the iPod's famous click wheel fast to jet down to the W's and then slowly to pinpoint "What a Wonderful World."
But the Rio's thumb wheel has no such variable speed; it's four songs per turn, period. Working through any list longer than about 12 songs is an excruciating exercise.
you see the problem. Another extract takes the Creative Zen Micro to task:
[T]he iPod's wheel has been replaced by a touch-sensitive vertical strip. In theory it ought to offer variable speed scrolling, but in practice it's a sticky, balky nightmare. You'll find a similar lack of polish when you want to use the Zen Micro's hard drive to transport computer files (a terrific feature of the iPod and all of its rivals) and discover that you must tell the software in advance how much space you'll need for them. How could you know that ahead of time?
Who thinks this dreck up? Oh...that's right...engineers and marketeers.
Wednesday, December 15, 2004
I've been struggling with a four-column layout. Three columns, yeah, I can do that...but I need four columns. Any thoughts?
Wednesday, December 08, 2004
Everyone broke up laughing. And L'Heureux was protected because he was so short...I think he had about two weeks left in the Army.
Friday, December 03, 2004
It's just amazing how he gets away with it.
Tuesday, November 30, 2004
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
Friday, November 12, 2004
Thursday, October 14, 2004
Wednesday, September 29, 2004
Monday, September 20, 2004
Tuesday, September 14, 2004
Well, the white god said to the little man
we're gonna fulfill scripture in the holy land
between the Tigris and Euphrates, it's a lot like hell
go on and liberate my people and the o-i-l.
Got your big trucks rollin' down hiway 9
put on the armor, it's party time
gonna dance with the devil of our own design
get your big trucks rollin' down hiway 9.
So the little man gathered all his chicken-hawks in
and the neo-cons and his daddy's kin
With their own clear channel and a helluva spin
and a white man hidden in a black man's skin.
Big trucks rollin' down hiway 9
pulverize the public, it's payback time
who's tax dollar is it? your's and mine
keeps the big trucks rollin' down hiway 9.
Well we got caught sleepin at the sentry post
now we're standing toe to toe with what we feared the most
that old father and his son and the unheavenly host
We gotta do what we can and don't give up the ghost
Big trucks rollin' down hiway 9
food and water and an Internet line
run to the polls when it comes a time
cause the big trucks rollin' down hiway 9.
Hmmm...funny how that works. I wonder if it's because she simply didn't like me, or perhaps it's because I was honest and told her that I'm in the Army Reserve (more on that later). I think it's quite plausible that she didn't want to run the risk that I might be called up, but she didn't want to go on record as being so unpatriotic. The recruiter suggested it might be sticker shock as wellI was presented at $35 an hour instead of the $30 an hour they'd requested.
Sheesh. Sorry, but even at $35 an hour, I'm selling myself short...and giving a potential employer a bargain.
Tuesday, August 24, 2004
Ansolabehere of the Voting Technology Project said studies have shown that while arrows create more confusion among voters, scanners can better process those that have been filled out correctly than ballots that have been bubbled in.
"Those two things cancel each other out," said Ansolabehere, a political science professor at MIT.
In other words, we made the ballot easier for the computer and harder for the user. Sound familiar?
Tuesday, August 10, 2004
Monday, August 09, 2004
Friday, August 06, 2004
Tuesday, July 13, 2004
I'm doing mind-numbing formatting trivial work. My worth, skill, and value will be measured not by how well people can use the documents, not by how appropriate the docs are to their tasks, but whether the version numbers are the same on all docs...whether they're lined up perfectly...
Thursday, June 24, 2004
This year, I'm meeting Matt and a friend at the Ashland Coffee and Tea right by the railroad tracks in, of course, Ashland. We're going to E&E to Route 522 south, then 6 west through Scottsville, and then either 29 south to 60 west or take 6 all the way up Afton Mountain (great road!) and down the Parkway. It depends, of course, on the weatherif t-storms are coming in, we'll hoof it down 29.
Wednesday, June 23, 2004
Wednesday, June 09, 2004
Friday, June 04, 2004
Thursday, May 27, 2004
Uh. Yeah. Like the golf pro's quote who said, "I did everything right, but the putt didn't drop." Good attitude for consultants to bring to their clients...not.
Tuesday, May 25, 2004
The thing is, it's maddening. Feast or famine.
Wednesday, May 19, 2004
Good on 'em. Still, they seem to fall into the trap of designing products for the people on the project team, not necessarily for the person who actually uses the product. "Often, IDEO will have top executives play the roles of their own customers. Execs from food and clothing companies shop for their own stuff in different retail stores and on the Web. Health-care managers get care in different hospitals. Wireless providers use their own -- and competing -- services." The problem with this approach is the same problem with living history reenacting: the persons doing the role-playing might not have the skills to abstract their experience. I've seen this sort of approach devolve into the "I wouldn't do it this way!" Too little learning can be a destructive thing.
Still, it's good to see user-centered design get mainstream press.