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Quality, functionality and openness

May 10, 2010


It is against an increasingly bitter backdrop of argument between Apple and Adobe (Flash! No Flash! HTML 5! Openness! Closedness! etc…) that I found myself a week ago with a damaged iPhone. An accidental dropping incident from Son1 added a seemingly minor dent just next to the power button, and hey presto – a device […]

Ticket to ride. Just.

August 2, 2007


The examination of what makes for a good user experience is absolutely vital, and as you’ve probably gathered, I – like many others – think we ‘providers of tech’ often get basics wrong. In fact, depressingly, web/tech products seem to get things wrong more often than they get them right. In order for this wrongness […]

Tate player. Underwhelming.

July 27, 2007


The Tate launched their BT Tate Player (no disguising the sponsorship there, then) a week ago. I have to say, I’m disappointed. When I first heard that they were going to be doing this I got really excited about the potential, but the finally-launched-product is pretty much a nothingness. Not to say that the content […]

Visualising collections

July 24, 2007


I’m a big fan of the diagram. Anyone who has worked with me knows I tend to put ideas down as organograms, mind-maps and other scribbles: I’m pretty bad at understanding concepts unless I can sketch them. Visual cues, linkages, the ability to promote ideas, connect them together – all of these seem incredibly valuable […]


July 23, 2007


I’ve been planning a “what TV means on the internet” post for a while, a big part of which was going to be a comparison of what’s available right now. Browsing through my vast backlog of stuff to catch up on after my holiday, I found this great roundup of UK-available “tv on web” services. […]

Techcrunch looks crap!

July 6, 2007


I just had a bit of a shock. I’m an avid reader of TechCrunch – I like the topic matter, the bitchiness of Michael Arrington, the writing style, the fact that it’s a superb place for finding out about tech stuff. But for about as long as I’ve read it, I’ve subscribed to their RSS […]

Thought clarification: JUST DO IT but FOR A REASON

July 2, 2007


A long and interesting thread broke out on the Museums Computer Group mailing list today about how museums could use Facebook to their best advantage. As I said on the thread – although the question about how Facebook deals with organisations vs individuals is interesting, the key question to me is what we’re trying to […]

Google tweaks again..

May 16, 2007


So much for not testing on a live evironment… My Google search results just turned up looking a trifle different. First of all this: …and then a couple of minutes later, this: TechCrunch wrote about this a couple of weeks ago. I’ve seen the left hand nav change that is on their post a couple […]