December 2007

The UX of California Propositions

California is a pain in the ass.  They have these propositions and initiatives and special elections ALL THE TIME.  Every single time we have to vote, they ask us questions that we can not answer.  It is terribly designed user experience.  Never ask a question that has significant implications that the user has no way of knowing.  It makes it so that they can not effectively answer the question.  Example:...

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Where is the new stuff?

I had a crazy weekend. Funeral in Florida, then holiday preparations. I am so beat. however, I had an interesting conversation with Bill Johnston about the state of technology. Bill worked for Lawrence Berkeley labs, Nasa and the department of energy running a major network, so I always appreciate his views on technology. The question arose, “Where is all the great stuff?” Some examples: Nantubes. I haven’t seen anything come...

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The coolest thing on the web

I had a dream last night.  Someone asked what was the coolest thing on the web.  I interpreted the question to be specific to a web service like Gmail, Yahoo, Wikipedia, or anything “hosted”.  The question to me was, “What is the thing on the web that changes the world the most?”  It’s amazing to me that some compilation of programming can have that sort of effect, but it does....

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Marketing

The last two years has been a major education for me in Marketing.  First at Intuit, where I felt the entire organization is run by the Marketing Department.  I felt that the main goal of marketing was to project (micro)manage incremental changes in high volume processes.  In other words, there was a marketing person in charge of the shopping cart.  Another marketing person in charge of the download process.  Another...

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Favorite Present and other stuff

At dinner, Jared likes to pick a “theme” that we can talk about.  I asked the family, “What was your favorite present ever?”  Jared looked at me and thought.  Finally, he said, “George Washington!”  It took me a minute to get it. Matthew had the Croup this weekend.  Katie felt compelled to bring him to the hospital at 3 in the morning.  They didn’t do anything.  He doesn’t have RAD. ...

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SuperBad

Just finished watching Superbad from Netflix.  At first I thought it was funny.  There were some scenes that I laughed out loud.  Couldn’t breathe sort of laughing.  Katie was laughing too.  Then after a while, I started feeling bored.  Something else too.  I was feeling like, “This is way too much like high school, except high school had no excitement”  Something about it made me remember all the awkward times...

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The Magic Triangle

In technology development, there is a famous triangle.  It shows how you prioritize your efforts.  By focusing in one area, you mess up another.  It is a brutal game that never has a happy ending.  No matter what you choose, something suffers.  Even the “balanced” approach has flaws. I created a game to play with the Magic Triangle concept. The game has a bug right now, because you can’t MOVE...

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Too Many hats!

Marketo is starting to launch into beta, bringing on a few customers at a time.  It’s a stressful time for all as there is so much left to do and so many details.  I really appreciate how good Katie was at this sort of thing.  Keeping track of a million details.  She kicks ass.  Meanwhile, I am wearing alot of hats and trying to keep my head on straight. Christmas...

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The sneaky minds of 3-year old boys

Katie and I were in bed talking after a long day.  The door was not shut all the way, just most of the way.  We had a light on and were chatting.  I heard the pitter-patter of little footsteps (Matthew) come down the hall.  I mentioned it to Katie.  The funny thing was that he did not enter out room.  He walked up to the door and stopped. So we...

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CompUSA Closing

CompUSA is closing it’s doors.  Apparently they are being liquidated.  So now is the time to purchase electronics if one is near you.  Maybe a color printer! It’s amazing to me how long it takes for predictions to come true.  In the 80’s they said, “Computers will make a paperless office”.  We still aren’t paperless, but we are alot closer than we used to be.   The other prediction in the...

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