Hello. So this is one of those awkward posts, where I'm talking to you without
having any idea of who you are or why you're here, nor indeed do I know if you
know why you're here and who I am.
Well you can figure out that last bit yourself, if you're interested, and as for
the rest, the waffle which follows intends to be addressing the why, because the
point of this post is to give a brief history of this blog along with indicating
my intentions for the future and beyond.
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Most sensible people have known this for years, but here's yet another study
proving what the RIAA & others refuse to comprehend...
Tim O'Reilly originally shared this post discussing an
article by the American Assembly:
Online file sharers buy 30% more music than those who don't share.
In other words, "pirates" are the music companies' best customers.
Article: Where do Music Collections Come From?
Christian Cantrell originally shared a post highlighting
this NYTimes article on patents:
In the smartphone industry alone ... as much as $20 billion was spent on
patent litigation and patent purchases in the last two years � an amount equal
to eight Mars rover missions. Last year, for the first time, spending by Apple
and Google on patent lawsuits and unusually big-dollar patent purchases
exceeded spending on research and development of new products, according to
Article: In Technology Wars, Using the Patent as a Sword
Here's an interesting TED talk by Malte Spitz on what kind of
data phone companies are collecting.
Malte Spitz wasn't too worried when he asked his operator in Germany to share
information stored about him. Multiple unanswered requests and a lawsuit later,
Spitz received 35,830 lines of code — a detailed, nearly minute-by-minute
account of half a year of his life.
Video: Malte Spitz: Your phone company is watching
Anyone who knows me should already be familiar with how I feel about touch
screens, especially in regards to typing.
Well, Michael Miller has shared an article explaining it
far better than I ever have, written by Bret Victor, a professional interface
Here's Michael's post discussing Bret's rant:
Anyone who has tried to type on a touch screen "keyboard" knows this is true.
Touch devices are wonderful but they are only part way there, the device
certainly "feels" your touch but what do you feel in return? A sheet of glass.
You can't use this device without looking at it carefully to make sure that
your fingers are keeping up with the visual metaphor being presented. Eyes and
hand must work together carefully and while touch might be less mediated and
indirect than, say, using a mouse, it still requires far more cognitive and
sensual effort than using a physical device. A physical keyboard for example
can be used, in fact it requires that it be used, without you looking at what
your fingers are doing.
"Are we really going to accept an Interface Of The Future that is less
expressive than a sandwich?"
Touch interfaces are not the destination but a way-station. In the future
touch devices will become tactile devices.
Article: A Brief Rant on the Future of Interaction Design