The Unaffordable Urban Paradise – MIT Technology Review: “Tech startups helped turn a handful of metro areas into megastars. Now they’re tearing those cities apart.”
DATAVIVA, A PROJECT DEVELOPED IN PART BY MEDIA LAB PROFESSOR CÉSAR HIDALGO, AIMS TO MAKE A WIDE SWATH OF GOVERNMENT ECONOMIC DATA USABLE WITH A SERIES OF VISUALIZATION APPS.
via New MIT Media Lab Tool Lets Anyone Visualize Unwieldy Government Data | Co.Design | business + design.
Mobile Site vs. Full Site
Good mobile user experience requires a different design than what’s needed to satisfy desktop users. Two designs, two sites, and cross-linking to make it all work.
via Mobile Site vs. Full Site (Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox).
Not sure that Molly will approve.
If PHP Were British
When Rasmus Lerdorf first put PHP together, he – quite sensibly, despite his heritage – chose not to write it in Greenlandic or Danish. Good job too – that would have been rather unpleasant to work with. He opted instead, being in Canada at the time, for the local tongue. No, not French – that bastard dialect of the Queens English commonly referred to as “US English”1.
via If PHP Were British – Added Bytes – Brighton Web Application Development.
Browse vs. Search: Which Deserves to Go?
Case in point: At some point in the past, perhaps the distant past, Apple added the capability to jump from letter group to letter group by holding down on the letter column, rather than just stabbing at your letter of choice and usually missing. After four years of using iDevices, during the course of writing this column, I accidentally held down for a second on an alpha character, causing the slide bar to appear.
via Browse vs. Search: Which Deserves to Go?.
Interface geeks (and non-geeks) should spend some time with Ask Tog.
Steve Jobs – 1955-2011
Steve Jobs – 1955-2011
It turns out that iTunes actually offers two kinds of restores. The first is the one described above, accessed by clicking the Restore button in iTunes Summary view for your iOS device. The other one is less obviousyou access it by right-clicking (Control-clicking) your iOS device in iTunes sidebar and choosing Restore from Backup.
via Maintain app organization when restoring iOS devices | Phones | iOS Central | Macworld.
This is HUGE
Western Digital crapware
sudo launchctl unload -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.wdc.WDDMservice.plist
sudo launchctl unload -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/com.WesternDigital.WDSmartWareD.plist
Once users reject a design technique due to repeated bad experiences it’s almost impossible to use it for good because people will avoid it every time.
via Can Hated Design Elements Be Made to Work? (Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox).