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Bought the iPhone version today as a replacement for To Do’s, which was free, but offered limited functionality.  Kudos to the guys at Cultured Code for a fantastic app.  Well worth the $10.

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January 31, 2009 at 10:45 pm

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1984

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With the Super Bowl on Sunday, it seems appropriate to go back to one of its most well-known commercials, despite the fact that it aired only once.

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January 30, 2009 at 9:00 pm

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Web design during the recession

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If you’re a web designer, these tips may help you deal with the current economic recession.  

(Via Daring Fireball)

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January 28, 2009 at 8:37 pm

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Why the touchscreen on the G1 doesn’t work

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Macworld’s Dan Moren:

One of the things you probably don’t think about on the iPhone is probably the most basic design decision: you will operate ninety-nine percent of the phone with the touchscreen. Don’t worry about figuring out which hardware buttons you have to press to do what; almost all the controls you need are contained within the canvas of the touchscreen.

This is the G1’s big failing for me. Because it’s a generalized platform, it’s not designed from the ground up for just the touchscreen. You can do things on the touchscreen. Well, some things. But sometimes you need to jump back and hit that hardware Menu button. Or the home button. Or the back button. Or you could ignore the whole touchscreen thing and use the trackball instead. That’s a lot of choices, and sometimes when it comes to users, choice is bad. If the user has to think about which interface they need—or even want—to use, for a particular task, that takes up time. An infinitesimal amount in each instance, yes, but it adds up.

From a design perspective this is right on.  Also, the G1 shows what I think is one of the big obstacles to widespread Linux use: it does almost everything, but doesn’t do one thing really well.

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January 27, 2009 at 3:36 am

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Time & Attention

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Continuing with the productivity theme, Merlin has another Google Tech Talk about managing actions.

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January 26, 2009 at 5:50 am

Merlin’s Desktop Tour

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Similar to The Setup, 43Folders dude Merlin Mann opens the kimono on his Desktop and Menu Bar.

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January 26, 2009 at 4:43 am

Good & Bad Design

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A piece I wrote for a User-Centered Design class comparing the usability of Spaces and the Mighty Mouse.  Although comparing hardware to software is a bit of a stretch, it shows how a company can create products that are each received differently by the public.

Good & Bad Design

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January 26, 2009 at 1:35 am

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