Observations and thoughts at the intersection of Design, IT, Psychology, and Business.

Apple Magic Mouse design fail

Image via iphonehacks.com Seriously Apple -- where did you put the charging port for your “magic” mouse now? You do know this means the mouse cannot be used while it’s recharging right? And when that battery eventually wears out and stops charging, the mouse will not...

It just works

On a whim I connected my Thinkpad USB Traveller keyboard to my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 again recently. I haven't done this since I bought the USB OTG cable over a year ago, Guess what? It still just worked! The phone detected both the trackpoint and the touchpad on the...

On-trend is myopic

Being on-trend may be cool and helps us to fit in. But it does limit our outlook. The nature of being trendy is to be exclusionary. Being on-trend means we are into the stuff that is popular right now, and not be into everything else. If we are not careful (ie not...

No one succeeds on their own

We (and the media) often celebrate a loud and charismatic leader as The One championing a movement. We forget the masses of behind-the-scenes individuals that enable this one leader’s success. We as a society have an unhealthy obsession with the idea of The One. We...

Optimal anxiety

I found this in one of my notebooks recently. Basically, a level of anxiety is needed for us to perform at our best. Hence “Optimal Anxiety.” Too much comfort will keep us stuck. Too much anxiety -- ie abject terror -- will trigger our fight or flight response, which...

Stop nagging already

Nagging has probably existed since humans developed speech. It is unpleasant and never productive. Being essentially a one-sided activity, it does nothing for relationship building. In some cases it can be actively counter-productive. SO why is Microsoft doing it?...

Working on vs working in

Working In: habits and operationalised processes; dealing with the day-to-day. Working On: is invocation, new habits, new processes. Dealing with strategic decisions and putting in place...

Leadership fishtanks

A poor leader is like this fishtank design. It is all about surface showy bits designed to draw attention to the tank itself, detracting from the content within. A good leader is like this design. Strong, simple, and unadorned. The focus is on the content of the tank,...

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