In the Spring of 2010, I was writing for a small tech blog, and was asked to produce a piece about the forthcoming iPad. I’d never seen or used one, but I did a bunch of research about it and, as usual, formed a fairly negative opinion about Apple’s latest introduction before ever using it. It reminded me of my reaction to the introduction of the iPod, when I said that first no one would want to carry a portable disk drive with music on it, then I said no one would want to carry around their photos, nor watch video on such a small screen. At least I am consistent. In any case, the piece never ran, I stopped writing for the blog, and then went out and got an iPad for myself.
Chris made off with $100 in free electronics and decided, with the help of his wife Madeline, to put them to use in a way no one had ever thought of before- making a t-shirt that keeps count of unread emails! Right there on the front of the t-shirt, using LEDs, it keeps a total count of how many messages are waiting to be read in the Inbox. It uses an Arduino Lilypad and Bluetooth dongle to talk to his Android phone and the count displayed right on the shirt for everyone to see!
Probably the worst part about working is the daily commute each way, stuck in traffic. NASA aerospace engineer, Mark Moore, dreams of the day we all get around like the Jetsons, flying around in our own personal space cars, instead.
He’s come up with the Puffin, a vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) personal aircraft, as part of his doctoral thesis. It’s purely designed for single occupancy- only 12′ long with a 14.5′ wingspan, and it’s completely electrically powered. Even more bizarrely, it’s part plane, part helicopter, and part “WTF is that?!?!?”
So when Steve Jobs wrote an excellent, well thought out letter explaining why Flash was antiquated technology and not fit for Apple’s next generation of devices, much less any modern computer, it was not surprising that the folks’ feelings at Adobe HQ in San Jose were hurt. Flash has been their bread and butter for years now, and they still hold on to the illusion that it’s the bee’s knees.
And, of course a public slap in the face from someone who’s been a pal since the launch of PostScript and PDF and other technologies from way back when couldn’t go unanswered. So what does Adobe do? Like a whiny bitch, they started a new campaign today professing their love for Apple!
Seriously. With a letter from the company founders and everything in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
With an utter lack of irony, Adobe’s new campaign is about choice! Here’s what I am guessing choice means to them: The choice to hog your processor completely! The choice to crash endlessly! The choice to suck your battery dry! The choice to invite viruses and hackers into your computer! The choice to not work with a touch interface! The choice to program once and deploy to multiple platforms badly and inconsistently! The choice to only work if you LICENSE ADOBE’S SOFTWARE!
Oh, wait, that has nothing to do with being an open, secure, usable environment like what Apple’s suggesting or working towards, does it?
Adobe’s hypocrisy would be giggle-worthy, if their pointless, reactionary and butt-hurt advertising campaign wasn’t adding more to the price of the next CS bundle I’m going to have to shell out for, but the basic point is that Adobe doesn’t ♥ Apple any more than Adobe ♥’s Microsoft.
What Adobe ♥’s is paying customers, and Apple pointed out that the emperor is wearing no clothes. Naked emperors get testy when their testes are showing, don’t they? How about putting all that ad campaign money towards a useful product?
All right… here we go. I am tired of how people latch on to OpenGraph API is about.. YOUR PRIVACY IS NOT BEING INVADED. You know how . This is an ENTIRELY different concept. That is not what the
I have already implemented several of the new widgets on the dinner blog. Go and look. You’ll see the new Facebook like button in the upper right hand corner. And you’ll see several other people like the page (and I hope you’ll take the time to like it too). But you only see the name and photos of people you’re already friends with on Facebook.
In my case, I see all but one, because so far only one person I am not friends with on Facebook has “liked” the blog. But, I CAN get info on her because I am the admin of teh page, but not directly thru the blog. That’s a feature for web administrators to keep in touch with people who are interested in their site. The info I get about Likers is their name and face, and access to send messages to their Facebook streams, like I already do/can with the dinnerblog Facebook page. It’s no real change, other than an extension of the venue- it’s still Facebook folks who choose to express their Liking.
Nevertheless, your information is NOT being handed out willy nilly. This is just a method of personalizing your experience as you go to other sites so you can share with people you trust, to your friends you have already made on Facebook. To strangers i.e. everyone else on the web, you are listed as just “a person” and no other information is given out about you beyond that.
Let me say this again: Your name and personal info is only revealed to people you are friends with already. That’s why I don’t have a problem with this, I actually, um, like it. I think it’s a good thing, it makes for a better social experience because it’s transparent and allows for easy feedback from people you know.
Facebook may not be the bestest solution out there, but they’re the one that most of us have chosen, democratically. Unlike Google Buzz, you opted-in by becoming a member of Facebook. If you have privacy concerns, you should by all means delete your Facebook account immediately, not just turn off this one button.
But if you’re like me, and most people, you have your Facebook account for public consumption. The things you post to it and the data you include in your profile are for public consumption as well. You may have tenuous “friend” connections, but Facebook is not a place where you are friends with your stalker ex-boyfriend or abusive former boss. You don’t post about the great sex you had the night before, because you’re Facebook Friends with your Mom.
What people seem to be missing is that this personal-data-that-you-gave-up-willingly is not floating out there randomly. When you opt to go to a website AND you are a Facebook member, AND that site has implemented the OpenGraph API tools that are now available, YES, that site will know information about you UNLESS you have gone and clicked the box on your profile and prevented it from happening. They will only know information relevant to you, however- a message like you and your friend So-and-so and 160 other people liked this page. Again, it’s not random data spewing around the internet.
Really, is this really such a bad thing? Are you really opposed to CNN knowing what kind of news you’re interested in reading before you get there? Or Pandora knowing your music tastes? Or finding a new site and realizing that a couple of your friends found it before you and thought it was pretty cool too, so you’ll stick around and read it and give it a chance?
I think that’s an added value to being a Facebook member, instead of having to re-enter the exact same information every time I visit a new site. On the whole, I prefer a social web to staying in a cave and banging rocks together by myself. I think people are a-feared of what they don’t fully understand. Facebook is a social networking site, not an isolate ourselves in a cave and be a hermit site. We live in the information age now, for better or for worse. It may take some getting used to, but try and embrace the good bits. This is actually one of them, really.
Digital photography may be all-pervasive, but it has not yet won the war. Link.
It still stands out as an utterly ground-breaking design, more than a half-century later. And, as one of the judges pointed out, it was the only affordable car to even make the top 10. Link
By taking away a confusing button during a major online retailer’s checkout process, a designer was able to reclaim $300 million in lost sales for his client. Little changes make a lot of difference and listening to your users is where site design changes should be generated. Make it easier for your user to use your site and you will be rewarded. Link.
The original Mini will always rate as one of the truly great designs, automotive or otherwise of the 20th century. I have one of the newer reinterpretations, and I am just as passionate about it as people are about the original. An amazing solution to a truly difficult problem, this is what design is all about. Link