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jQuery UI 1.5

jQuery has just released version 1.5 of their user interface module called “jQuery UI”.  Maybe not the most snazzy of names, however, the module is a major leap forward for web developers and application developers.  You can see the details at http://ui.jquery.com although the high interest has crash the server, I think.  I can’t wait to try it out. 🙂 The blog post is extremely well written and gives a great high level overview of what the module does.  When jQuery first came out, it totally transformed the way I think about building websites.  With jQuery UI, I think a…

Women!

Women!  Am I right?  yes, I am right. Typically, I don’t find this sort of thing amusing, but this one really made me laugh. It made me think of Katie.  She has so much crap around the house that I look at and think, “We don’t need this!  Seriously, we don’t need this.”  So I throw it away and she gets this look on her face like, “You hurt me so much, I can barely keep from crying.  But I won’t cry because you said you hate that.  Fine, I won’t cry.  You are mean.  A mean, mean man, but…

The UX of Firefox 3 (RC)

Mozilla just posted a Release Candidate of Firefox 3.  I had installed a beta a while back but things have changed much.  The browser doesn’t crash on me anymore, but more importantly, everything that uses JavaScript launches twice as fast.  Gmail is really zippy.  So is Marketo.  EXT apps are wiked fast.  I am very pleased. The big back button on the top left is a nice design feature.  In general, it is clean, fast and pleasing to the eye.  I think they did an excellent design job both technically and visually.  My plugins work (for the most part).  The…

The Office (US v UK)

The Office is a funny show. Started in the UK, it has since been redone for a US audience. I have been watching both on Netflix through the web. There is a fascinating difference. In the UK BBC version, the main character David Brent (Ricky Gervais) is a total dick. There is nothing likable about him. He is rude and obnoxious. He will spread rumors because he doesn’t like someone. I hate David Brent. He makes me not want to watch the show. However, he is funny to watch because of how annoying he is. Sort of. On the US…

The UX of Virgin America

First of all, Virgin America’s website kicks ass.  It blew my mind.  I put in the origination and the destination and it gave me the lowest prices that day and several days ahead and behind.  That clued me in to the right day I should fly to save literally thousands of dollars.  The UI was spectacular, the graphic design was professional and slick, the information architecture was logical and intuitive and the features were exactly what I needed, plus a few that I loved without ever having thought of them. Great work to whomever designed that site. The airplane was…

The UX of Product Management

What is the difference between User Experience Design and Product Management?  Additionally, should product management come out of the marketing department or the engineering department?  This issues are coming to the fore recently at work as we start to mature our process and organization. I have seen it both ways. Both ways are bad.  Reporting to marketing leads to a disconnect with the engineering realities.  Reporting to engineering results in a disconnect to real people and real users.  Both ways lead to conflict between engineering and marketing.  And where is the design department?  We are stuck reporting up to one…

The UX of Voting

Great article on the psychology of voting.  This is exactly how you have to be thinking about your web applications.  Drill down deep into the mind.

Refactor, Rebuild, Restructure.

There is a product development philosophy that I strongly believe in, especially for the Software-As-Service world (a.k.a. Extranet).  I call that philosophy the “Pendulum”.  The pendulum oscillates between features and quality in a product.  A feature is a new thing that the product should do.  Quality is a catch-all for improving the performance, removing bugs, and getting rid of crusty, dead code. ALl too often the pendulum is stuck all the way on the features side.  This leads to more buttons (Yahoo), more tabs (Salesforce), more advanced actions and modals (Windows).  Elegance and simplicity, like many of Apple’s products, often…

CSS Preload Images

This is an interesting technique for preloading graphics. Resources: One here. This guy originated it, but it’s pulled down now. #preloadedImages { width: 0px; height: 0px; display: inline; background-image: url(path/to/image1.gif); background-image: url(path/to/image2.gif); background-image: url(path/to/image3.gif); background-image: url(path/to/image4.gif); background-image: url(); } This is much easier than using JS to do it. I need to experiment with it more.

DMV

Katie and I just spend 2.5 hours at the DMV. Jared had a fever but was well behaved. Matt thought it was fun to say hi to all of the people there. The experience was very painful. My jaw hurts from clenching. And it’s not even over. We still need to prove we bought the car. Ugh. Double Ugh.

Look who’s Talkin?

Matthew, last night, started saying Baaa, Baaa. It was a high pitched sound, and he said it quietly. I haven’t heard him make this sound. Katie came over and thought it was funny too. I said, “Maybe he is saying Bath.” Katie said to Matt, “Do you want a Bath?” He immediately squealed his delight and started stomping his feet in a happy dance. He wanted a Bath. Good Boy!. Regularly, when I change him, he says, “Diaper”. This morning, we were playing tennis and a woman with a dog came by. He ran over and started petting the dog.…

Psyche!

I had another dream last night. God came to me in a dream and said, “Remenber that Jets thing I told you? I was kidding. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA Haaaaaaaaaa HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA HAAAAAAAAA HA HA HA” He laughed in my face for 5 minutes in my dream. Then he put his hand to his head making a large L sign and promptly left. Do you think the L means the Jets will win Superbowl L (50)? This year is superbowl 40, XL. Like extra large. Maybe he means we will win in 2015/2016? Yes, of course that is…

Disappointment

Speaking of Robert Burns. He had this quote: “Suspense is worse than disappointment.” I think he is right, but it doesn’t make it feel any better. Also on Nip/Tuck, this guy had a quote, I thought was particular incisive. “You try making someone do something they don’t want to do. It’s like feeding them a shit sandwich. They may eat it, but they aint gonna like it and they aint gonna like you.” Motivation is so difficult. This morning I tried explaining to Ethan about having a positive attitude. Is he moldable or am I feeding him a shit sandwich?…

Quandry

I am flip-flopping. I tried to install the 64-bit version of Vista. No dice. Too many drivers missing and it wouldn’t support dual CPU. Overall it was acting too slow. And I have 4G of ram! So now my choice is 32-bit version of Vista and I can install the beta of WinFS. OR I can use the 64-bit version of Windows XP. The 64-bit version of Windows seems faster, but it is the same UI I have been using for years. The question is: Am I more interested in testing 64-bit speed or testing new UI. I think the…

Perspective

O would some Power the gift to give us To see ourselves as others see us! It would from many a blunder free us, And foolish notion: What airs in dress and gait would leave us, And even devotion! I have used this in my blog before. I wonder if there are rules are being repetitive in a blog. My main goal for blogging to create a record for my kids to read one day in the future. But I wonder if they will be bored to tears. O the gift. It is indeed. Ok, I was about to click…

Tired

I am so tired. Seriously, I feel like a sticky film is over my whole body. Like Plastic wrap clinging to my face. I need sleep. Too much to do. Not enough time. Meanwhile, the Jets better win this week otherwise I am going to open up a can of whoopass. So tired.

The Most Beautiful Thing Ever Built

I was flipping channels on TV and hit a station where a guy asked the crowd, What is the most beautiful thing ever built by man? I think it is a great and probing question. Easy to come up with some cool things, but what is the one, the most superlative, the most beautiful? A difficult question indeed. I have been thinking about the answer ever since. The Great Pyramid in Egypt is pretty cool. Stood the test of time. Perfect symmetry. Must have looked better when it was new, but it still packs a punch. But somehow I can’t…

Pool, first time in a long time

I played pool last night for the first time since I moved to California. The funny thing is that I am not in California, I am in Texas. Anyway, I started off playing TERRIBLE. Slowly my shots started to come back. It was the worst I have played in 15 years, but it could’ve been worse. I had a good time. Daniel is visiting next month. I will play Tennis hard for the first time moving to California. I hope my shots come back there too.

Rapid response

For everyone who thought the Bush administration took too long regarding Hurricane Katrina, I say, They went very fast! Look how quickly they tried to make money for their buddies! Honestly, this is sickening, but I am not surprised at all. Dickhead Cheney was down there this week to close the deal. Booooo. Jets play tomorrow. Yaaaayyyyyyy!

Tennis Interuptus

I was watching the US Open last night in HD. Andre Agassi versus James Blake. Great match. Agassi was down 2 sets to 0 and down a break in the third set. He won 4 games in a row and came back to tie it up 2-2 sets. Exciting night tennis. Have to love it. AND THEN… Due to contractual obligations, we have to sign off now and go to regular programming (Law and Order). They shut off the damn game! And then it literally was not on any single station in all of my DirecTV channels. I missed the…

Outlining in Excel

Excel is my favorite program, but it misses one critical feature that Microsoft Project has. Outlining. The best and possibly ONLY good thing about Project is Outlining. Is there a plugin for Excel to allow Outlining? Other note. My brother’s blog is getting spammed. Comments by morons with marketing gimicks. I find it pretty funny. Sad, but funny.

Random Subjects

Not bad. We accomplished much on our list. The new tank is set up, and we didn’t even have to buy a new piece of furniture. I didn’t get a chair yet, but we cleaned up alot. Overall, good weekend productivity. In other news: Chief Justice Rehnquist died over the weekend. John Roberts is nominated to take his place. This confirms my prediction that the election between Bush and Kerry was really about who would get to nominate 2-3 justices to the Supreme Court. This is somewhat sad to me. This means 20-40 more years of conservative decisions. Why can’t…

Busy Weekend

Stuff I want to accomplish: Set up Quicken 2005. Apparently, Citibank uses a different ID/Pin for Quicken than it does for MS Money. So this will be a slow process. Clean the house. It gets so disorganized so quickly. We need to dump alot of stuff at Goodwill like the crib and the blue car bed. The garage especially needs cleanup. Buy bookshelf. This will house books as well as be the base for our new fish tank. It’s a nice 30 gallon eclipse. I am excited to give our tetra congo fish (Earthquake and Tsunami) more room to swim.…

Flat Tire

Unleaded gas is now above $3 a gallon. Exxon Mobil is making unprecedented profits. In the past 2 years Exxon Mobile stock has gone from $31 to $58 per share with 12 dividends ($0.27 per share each time) during that period. Not bad. It seems logical. When the country is suffering from high gas prices, the gas companies should make a fortune. I am glad that I ride a bike to a from work each day. Unfortunately, I got a flat tire. Well, it is the thought that counts. I think. Lots to do this weekend. I should make a…

Lost and Found

We went to see Stanford yesterday and had a nice time. As we were going back to the car I realized my car keys were missing. After my heart started again, we decided the kids (Abigail, Matthew, Jared, and Gramma Susu) would stay with the car in a shady area and Bapu and I would re-trace our steps. We got the police to help us and started walking and walking and scanning the ground. It wasn’t in the big church (we had to get the police to open up the doors). It wasn’t at Jamba Juice or the Student Union.…

Giant Trees

This weekend, we went to the Sequoia National Park and saw Giant Sequoia trees, which are the worlds largest trees by volume. The largest one we saw was the General Grant Tree, which is the worlds 3rd largest Tree. We didn’t have enough time to visit the General Sherman Tree, world’s largest. We walked through the forest and soaked in the atmosphere. The trees made me think of Dinosaurs. They were so big, so intimidating, I could only think of the large Dinosaur bones. (Strange website selling dinosaur bones.) We had a good time, but it took a long time…

MS Money Bad. Quicken?

I have been a fan of Microsoft software for a long time, and I remain a fan. However, I feel like they dropped the ball with MS Money 2006. The UI is just not intuitive and easy. Katie constantly gets frustrated with it and finally last night, I officially announced my condemnation. MS Money is not longer a piece of software I am forcing my wife to use. We will give Quicken 2006 a try. If anyone from Microsoft reads this, I would be happy to explain why the interaction design on the product is so difficult. I feel like…

ASCII Art from Jpeg

This looks cool. It takes a jpeg or other photo and turns it into ASCII art. Ill give it a try. Of course, this post will be delayed. DSLExtreme, normally pretty good, changed my IP address without telling me. Nice, huh? I have been down all afternoon.