Posts in category: Technology

Why upgrade?

Windows 8 is out and everywhere around the intertubes people seem to be scrambling to upgrade. But why? Are there real operational advantages to be had? Are these worth the cost of the upgrade? When operating a business, we strive for consistency and predictability....
A 300 milestone

A 300 milestone

When Apple introduced its first laser printer – the Laserwriter – in 1985, it kickstarted the desktop publishing revolution. At a time when most dot matrix printers hovered around 144dpi, the 300dpi (dots per inch) resolution of the Laserwriter made...

Double spaces and double linebreaks

Do you automatically hit space twice after a fullstop (a period)? Or hit Enter (Return) twice at the end of each paragraph? In this day of digital type and sophisticated wordprocessors, these habits of old are no longer needed; and they complicate matters downstream...

Social drives evolution from within

Social connectivity (enabled by social media and 21st century global communications) disrupts silos and hierarchies. Social nets are woven through specialisation silos, over org charts, across geographically and socio-economically dispersed people. It is the mechanism...

The Internet is not self-explanatory

“The Internet is not self-explanatory, even for young people.” Andrew McLemore wrote in Wanted: 21st Century Knowledge about how college students did not know where their teacher got multimedia content like “a TED video, a multimedia presentation on...
How’s this for big picture perspective?!!

How’s this for big picture perspective?!!

“When we experience a solar eclipse, the moon blocks out the sun. But from space, looking down on our planet, the event takes on an entirely different perspective.” How often do we find ourselves in the middle of the shadow and unable to see the shadow?...

Advertising facts vs emotion; then and now

Compare and contrast: When a product (or service) is first-in-market, the advertising is more infomercial than commercial. There is more education or informing involved than selling. Or put another way, the features sell the product. Lots of facts. Lots of...
My phone “desktop” minimalised!

My phone “desktop” minimalised!

As part of the on-going exercise to simplify my every day life and reduce unnecessary (visual) noise, I have switched to a minimalist theme on my phone. The screengrabs above show the first and second home screens. I used ADW.Launcher with the AndroidPhone7 theme as...

Denying reality – the bad way

“It’s funny how humans can wrap their mind around things and fit them into their version of reality.” ? Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief Denial of reality may be comforting in the short term, but it will inevitably come back to bite you. Microsoft has toiled to...

What Samsung could learn from Apple

And no, it is not product design. What Samsung could learn from Apple is their level of obsessive preening that makes Apple’s marketing material present so perfectly coiffed. Apple’s website, brochures, posters and stores clearly showcase their offerings as premium,...

Starting conversations

Most businesses are great at talking at customers, but crap at listening. Conversations with your customers give you valuable information and builds intimacy. Your existing “talking at customers” channels can be adapted to start conversations. The web: Do you let...

Malware an indication of openness?

Is the presence of malware a “healthy” indication of the openness of a given system? The more open a system is, the less walled-in the garden is, the more malware it must invite by definition. Malware is a sign of people actively discovering and exploring the limits...

Yes I do design work. No I don’t use a Mac.

As a designer, I often get crap for not using a Mac; as if it is the only option. Sorry, I don’t need some “correctly branded” piece of technology to bolster my credentials or self esteem! What I need is a solid, reliable, droppable, scratch-resistant workhorse;...
Making things unnecessarily complicated

Making things unnecessarily complicated

(Image from ZDNet) I came across this article on ZDNet recently on how to turn the iPad 2 into a serious writing machine. To turn a designed for content consumption iPad into a “serious” writing tool is a great example of kludging and making things more complicated...
Computer monitors marketing full circle

Computer monitors marketing full circle

(Ohio Scientific Challenger 4P MF, 1979. oldcomputers.net) When computers looked like this, you could hook it up to your television, which provided typical resolutions of 160×200, 320×200 and 640×200 (Wikipedia). (IBM P-series Trinitron monitor.) When more people...

Texting makes you stupid

University of Calgary researcher Joan Lee has shown that using textisms makes you stupid. Textism – sometimes also called lingo – is the use of “pneumonic devices or shortening of words into text form such as LOL, OMG, TTYL, L8R, H8, luv, ect.” (From the...

Devices don’t matter as much now

Most people seem to use technology in broadly similar ways these days. Surf the web, deal with email, watch YouTube, get on Facebook and other social sites, and some basic to intermediate Office-y stuff. It doesn’t really matter whether this is on a smartphone,...
Error 444: Broken government

Error 444: Broken government

Commenter LaeMing made this great suggestion on this TheRegister.co.uk article about the latest internet censorship craziness in India: We need a knew 4xx internet error code: “This region’s Government is broken, please try again after [the] next...

Trust of systems

When we use complex systems like computers, repeated consistent behaviours (of the system) over time builds up our trust in the system. In the same way, the more inconsistencies or oddities that we experience over time, however insignificant, the more our trust in the...
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