I am a big fan of podcasts, here is a handful of really good podcasts that I’ve been listening to over the last month on my commute to work. If you use Google Reader (With Google Listen), you can quickly subscribe to this via the bundle I created.
AMD recently announced it will start using easy peel laptop stickers, which is great news if your anything like me and can’t stand having a new laptop being covered in “Windows Vista” or “If you need help, visit out website” rubbish. However, lots of stickers on laptops can be a pain to remove (and degrade over time).
The best way to remove stickers which aren’t easy peel is nail polish remover (I used Nails Inc Nail Polish Remover 250ml). Here is the method I use:
I’m sure most of you have watched Minority Report and thought that the computer interface they use in it is pretty awesome. But have you ever wondered how long it will be until we have a system like that available for the average user?
This talk by John Underkoffler at TED shows that the technology is available today:
Here are a handful of some of the cool April Fools Days Pranks I saw today. Enjoy
Dr Peppers Chatroulette cheerleader prank
This is why Dr Pepper is my soft drink of choice. It is by far the best April fool’s day prank in this year.
I recently received a question regarding why I have taken down the tags on my posts. The reason was because watched a video from google (Also embedded below) which made me wounder how much they are benefiting (and being used by) my users. After a brief test (I watched how many people were using the tag pages) I found that very few users actually were using them.
The best way to summarize what I found would be:
For every 246 human users clicking a link on a page, 1 would be clicking a tag link.
I’ve just finished a quick update on my wordpress plugin Socialize This which increases the functionality of the Widget Sets. If you want to try out a few new Widgets in Socialize This take a look at the Widget Sets page.
Also, if you have made some Widgets and would like them listed on the Widget Sets page, contact me.
My motto is “Clients are idiots”, though if you let them know this odds are you will not be paid. I tend to find this motto is true 90% of the time in the Design/Development field, mostly because clients see you as someone who is paid to make something the way they want to, not in a way that will look good & be functional. Here is a video which pretty much sums up why clients suck.
2009 has been a somewhat interesting year for the internet; it’s become more mobile & more user friendly. However here are a few ideas I have had over the year, which I would like to see arrive in 2010.
Video Stream Caching
One of the big annoyances I have with streaming video files (normally on websites such as YouTube & Megavideo) is whenever I go to jump to another section of the video I lose what I currently have already loaded. It would be really useful if I could quickly go back to the section I’ve previously loaded.
This is a mock up I done, the video I used is from RayWilliamJohnson
I’m quite sure this would need to be implemented by the software, but I can’t see how it would be difficult to add.
Big thanks to Dan for showing me this ^^
Zebra Stripping is the technique of having different colours per each line on a list. It generally is considered to help users read large tables of information; however there is evidence suggesting the effectiveness of zebra stripes is somewhat overrated. Having said that, in CSS3 it’s very easy to implement so it’s worthwhile adding.
To add Zebra Strips to a list, all you need to do is adding the following pseudo-class to the end of the CSS element you wish to edit: