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The Stupification of Graphical User Interfaces

Windows 8 Start Screen
A long time ago simply having a GUI was amazing to those that used it, or a toy to the few million Microsoft DOS users who made up the majority of computer users. But those that preferred a Command Line Interface (CLI) always crowed that they could do things far faster by typing than by using a mouse, and for a subset of them (those that could type 40+ wpm, spent ~30+ hours per week using a CLI, and could… continue…

What I Learned at the Developers Conference

HTML5 Dev Con
Being in IT for so many years has made me wear a lot of hats: Web dev on some days, a designer on others and a guy who has friends ask him how to do “simple” things that aren’t all that simple. So it behooved me to grab a ticket and go to the HTML5 Developer’s conference in San Francisco earlier this month. Summary The conference was packed — literally in some cases, as people were bumping shoulders taking notes… continue…

Why Social Networks Make Life Complicated

Maze Game
The social Web is becoming fractured by social-networking corporations (SoNetCorps). In a search for increased per capita revenue from a plateauing user base, companies are now dividing the social Web into fiefdoms of “FaceyVille,” “Googlandaivia,” “Twitstonia,” “Linkindia,” and so on. Initially SoNetCorps allowed interaction between competing services and built that into their systems. It was in their best interest when they were small and growing because people would follow the links back to the originating site. A link from a… continue…

Macworld Makes It Harder to Be a Cynic About Apple

Apple Thumb
Not long ago, I thought Macworld would be something of a waste of time without Apple around. But I returned to the conference this year, with the aid of a free pass, and found the Mac system is still as dynamic as it’s ever been. Yesterday was about Wi-Fi, storage and some related nuts and bolts. And yet there’s more… AirPrint Printers Considering that color laser printers are now below the $200 mark and multifunction color laser printers (MFP-CLPs) are… continue…

Truly Great Mac Products for 2013

Artifacts of MacWorld Expo 2013
I haven’t attended Macworld Expo since Apple pulled out of the show, and wrote it off as a waste of time, much as Apple did. However, I thought I’d take advantage of the free pass offered to see whether the conference had anything left to offer. I came away impressed by the quality of the vendors. This year’s show floor was closer in size to the first Macworld Expo. I met some great people who were knowledgeable, enthusiastic about their… continue…

TouchUI: The Misunderstood Paradigm – Part 2

Posted In Living in Tech
“In our last episode,” (which you can see here) I touched on Global Moxie founder Josh Clark’s erroneous notion of workflow interruption to help the user, and how options should open up a device’s potential use cases. In this episode, I’ll talk about user interfaces in general and what could be done to improve all of them for everyone — not just the people with two free hands. New Paradigm, Same Problems Clark calls for a standardized UI paradigm, but… continue…

What? Another Apple iOS Device ‘Doomed to Fail?’

Posted In Living in Tech
iPhone 5s
With Apple’s latest product about to be finalized, I am left wondering: Will the tech pundits ever give up and simply admit that it doesn’t matter what they say, the next Apple iOS device — even if it sucks — will sell millions upon millions? No matter what legacy technology Apple makes the “mistake” of not building into the device, millions of regular users won’t care, and a third party will make an accessory that takes care of its function.… continue…

TouchUI: The Misunderstood Paradigm – Part 1

Everyone has a vision of the ultimate mobile UI, but few are in a position to actually implement improvements. Of those who are, some are either unaware of or dismiss user interaction history and studies on how interfaces work. Global Moxie founder Josh Clark proclaims that “buttons were an inspired UI hack.” Among other things, he calls for more familiar human gestures that allow people to work with less visual clutter on small screens and direct manipulation of content. The SOOMY Tao… continue…

The Best iOS Apps for Deals, Integration, Security, Productivity

DuckDuckGo Tells Us Why We Should Use It For Search
Finding an iOS app that suits your needs among a sea of apps can be difficult. Luckily, there are a number of sites popping up that do nothing but review and rate apps, insulated from the fake reviews that seem to plague app stores. Here I present the apps I use daily, and others I use to save time and money. Some of these apps are also available for other platforms. What are some of your favorite apps? Share your thoughts… continue…

WebOS: Is HP’s Neglected Acquistion on its Death Bed?

HP TouchPad
Hewlett-Packard announced that webOS, the mobile operating system that powered later generation Palm phones, was being open-sourced just a few months ago. A glimmer of hope for the neglected platform to some, but by that time most of the hardware team was already dismantled. Up until that point, webOS was in limbo, with rumor mills churning out stories of HP looking for a buyer. After the announcement, HP cautiously stated that it would restart the development of the hardware team… continue…