Archive for 2005

A better Windows

Monday, October 31st, 2005

System and desktop applications to make your windows experience a more enjoyable one. The coolest of these has to be the multiple desktop application. Enhance and enjoy.

http://www.tomshardware.com/howto/20050930/index.html

Art and Computer Programming

Monday, October 31st, 2005

Take one look at poorly written code and you’ll see just one influence of art in computer programming. Strong visual skills are important for writing good code. On the flip side, understanding the inner workings of your medium will make you a better artist. It is important for a web designer to understand how a web site is built, so they can take advantage and push the limitations of the pixel. More on this from John Littler…

http://www.onlamp.com/pub/a/onlamp/2005/06/30/artofprog.html

Keep your home page from becoming a total mess

Tuesday, October 25th, 2005

The folks at Adaptive Path usually have good things to say, and this article is no different. Indi Young does an excellent job of explaining why treating your home page like a portal can be a bad move. I agree with her thoughts, but there are exceptions. For portalish sites (wow…I don’t think I’ve said “portal” in a while) it makes sense. For example, if I’m visiting cbs.sportsline.com I probably don’t mind lots of clutter with so much content, but I already know what I’m getting before I go there. There is a healthy balance between having an annoying, get out of my way, splash page and 9 million links….especially with larger sites because the tendency is to cram too much information in.

-Michael

Genius product idea – Egg & Muffin Toaster

Wednesday, October 5th, 2005

I saw this in Wired this month:

Egg & Muffin Toaster

Product Demo

We’ll prolly add one to the office here shortly – Michael

Introducing Intervals :: Time & Task Management from Pelago

Monday, October 3rd, 2005

We are actively developing Intervals; web based task & time management. We originally developed Intervals for our own company and we have had so much interest that we are redeveloping it and will offer it as a subscription based service.

Intervals

If you are interested in following the project, please visit intervals101.com.

>> Michael

Advertisers continue to ramp up spending online

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

Online advertising is still going off. I have absolutely no problem with paid searches and online advertising in general. I do however, have issues with Rich Media Ads that take over your browser. These forced ads are annoying and just get in the way of why you are at a site in the first place. If you want to be annoyed, go to espn.com and try to view MLB scores. Unless things have changed, you’ll get a hefty ad that blocks a healthy portion of the navigation. This is a perfect example of advertising gone too far.

>> Michael

This Yahoo news article summarizes a Reuters report on US Internet Ad revenue…. $3 billion in Q2 this year:

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20050926/wr_nm/media_advertising_internet_dc

So what the heck is Web 2.0 and is it the same thing as Internet 2.0?

Friday, September 23rd, 2005

Web 2.0 deals with the ongoing evolution of Web 1.0 (aka the Internet as we know it). It’s a statement on the condition of things and where they are evolving to.

Digital Web Magazine has a good summary of Web 2.0 and how it impacts web designers. Check it out here.

Internet 2.0 is a departure from the current Web as we know it. Internet 2.0 is a consortium of universities with some government and non profit involvement. It has an all fiber backbone with extremely high bandwidth throughputs and applications are built around experimental protocols. Here is the official Internet 2.0 site.

-Michael

Ajax: A New Approach to Web Applications

Friday, August 26th, 2005

“That gap is closing. Take a look at Google Suggest. Watch the way the suggested terms update as you type, almost instantly. Now look at Google Maps. Zoom in. Use your cursor to grab the map and scroll around a bit. Again, everything happens almost instantly, with no waiting for pages to reload.”

Read more here

>>The fact that a page has to reload in order for the user to retrieve content is quickly becoming a thing of the past. It’s great that the majority of the web browsers are compliant enough that we can start using the Ajax concept. –Jaime

Want to see a very creative way to display news?

Thursday, August 18th, 2005

Here’s how the creator of the application marumushi describes it:

“Newsmap is an application that visually reflects the constantly changing landscape of the Google News news aggregator. A treemap visualization algorithm helps display the enormous amount of information gathered by the aggregator. Treemaps are traditionally space-constrained visualizations of information. Newsmap’s objective takes that goal a step further and provides a tool to divide information into quickly recognizable bands which, when presented together, reveal underlying patterns in news reporting across cultures and within news segments in constant change around the globe.”

>> Michael

http://www.marumushi.com/apps/newsmap/newsmap.cfm

Lookout Search makes finding information in Outlook easy

Wednesday, August 17th, 2005

>> We’ve been using this little gem for a while, but I neglected to post about it. Lookout Search is very fast and very efficient….if you ever accidentally drag and drop an email into a folder you don’t have to worry about it. Lookout uses a speedy index to find items…you can even spider your calendar and notes.

-Michael

http://www.download.com/Lookout/3000-2368_4-10309185.html?tag=lst-0-1