June 2008

Upgrade to Windows Vista 64bit

Something went wrong with my machine at home.  A popup started saying things like, “Your license is about to expire, backup your stuff because this machine is about to become a paper-weight.”  I was really annoyed.  I purchased Vista for a reason.  So I wouldn’t have to deal with that crap.  Microsoft tech support was not helpful at all. The whole experience is me really mad at Microsoft.  They haven’t...

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New WordPress theme

I was working on a friend’s wedding site using WordPress as the base.  He is a graphic designer and has excellent taste for these things.  At first, I started with a theme that was close and tried to modify it.  This is what I did on my own site.  However, I realized pretty quickly that this was folly.  I should have started with the sandbox theme. In fact, about 3/4...

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The UX of Google Street View

Google Maps and street view is getting scary.  For a while, Microsoft’s Maps, was the closest look at my house.  But the Street View for Google is just crazy.  It’s a digital photo from the street of every house in my neighboorhood.  Interestingly, I can’t make out any of the license plates on the cars.  I wonder if they do that automagically. The coolest new thing I saw today was...

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WordPress 2.6

WordPress 2.6 is getting ready to go into beta.  I’ve said this beofre, but WordPress to me is just a fantastic program.  The design of the UX including the UI, IA, upgrade process, plugin process, html editing, is just world class.  I am continually inspired by how a program can work in such a smooth and pleasant way. Writing a post is fun.  I am looking forward to installing 2.6.

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Microsoft Office 2007 Menu Fonts

This might sound stupid, but I was struggling to find out what font Microsoft used in their menus in Office 2007.  I thought it was Calibri, but that was incorrect.  It turns out to be Segoe UI. Google sort of let me down there.  I googled and googled and couldn’t find a post with the answer.  This link finally had the word Segoe in it and that helped me.  ALthough...

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300 Million Prize for Better Battery

John McCain has proposed a 300 million dollar prize for a better battery.  Although I certainly am in favor of a significant increase in funding for batteries, I don’t understand why this is a prize.  Why not just invest 300 million in R&D grants for better batteries? Is it really a “prize”?  So one company wins and everyone else loses?  The government can be a powerful force for R&D.  Energy,...

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The UX of DirecTV

I recently upgraded my DirecTV so that I get HD and DVR in one box.  It took a week to get it actually working.  Some technical problem, lets skip that.  The device has an ethernet port so I bought a special ethernet to wifi connection.  It took a little while, but I finally got it working.  Then finally there was a SATA port to have an external hard drive.  I...

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The UX of watching a crackberry addict

I don’t have a Blackberry.  I appreciate it’s UX very much for the primary user.  It’s downright addicting.  However, the UX of the person WATCHING the person using the Blackberry isn’t nearly as good. Hold on a sec. Click. Spin ball. Type. Wait. Wait. Ok, I’m back.  How lame is that?  Every person with a blackberry stops engaging in the conversation at hand and starts looking at the little screen...

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From A to Z

I just noticed something this morning.  I always knew the arrow was sort of a smile.  The M and the A were the eyes and the arrow was the smile.  However, I didn’t notice that the arrow goes from A to Z until today.  From A to Z.  They don’t just sell books.  Get it? I now rank this logo much higher in my “Logo Hall of Fame”.  The arrow...

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Internet Advertising

Check out the chart showing history of online advertising spend.  It’s fascinating.  This is why Yahoo still exists, even though they are getting clobbered by Google.

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