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Social Networking Awards from Mashable.com

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 12/24/06 (4:28pm)

Having trouble keeping track of all those new social networking services? Well, Mashable.com has put together a handy guide as part of their "2006 Social Networking Awards".

The list reads like a Who's Who of social networking services with everyone from MySpace and YouTube to Flickr and Digg having made the grade. There are also popular picks ("people's choice") and best bets for the coming year.

Happy Holidays!

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 12/23/06 (11:18pm)

Happy Holidays from Klein & Friends to you and yours!

Xmas Dinner

Bob, Regie & Leo: At the salade stage of the meal.

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Adobe Icon Controversy

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 12/21/06 (3:38pm)

Nothing like a graphic design controversy to brighten up the day!

If you look at the Mac taskbar above and can figure out the difference between 'Lr', 'Ps', 'Ai' and 'Id', maybe you'll have no problems with the application icons in Adobe's new Creative Suite 3 currently in Beta.

For many designers however it's been thumbs-down.

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Current Cites for December 2006

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 12/20/06 (1:51pm)

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Current Cites for December 2006 is out. I've got three citations. You can find the issue here...

Usability Report on ALA's Website

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 12/18/06 (5:07pm)

I find usability reports fascinating. I went through the ALA's "Usability Assessement Report" and my favorite part was "Appendix F – Usability Testing Notes".

But the entire report is worth a read. The people who put it together did a good job. I mean, who can argue with a recommendation like this:

Domain Registration While Drunk

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 12/18/06 (1:54pm)

Godaddy Domain Registration

Friends don't let friends register domain names while drunk. Unfortunately, no one was there to stop Robert Scoble. He went ahead and did it. Now he's the proud owner of 'somethingfuzzy.com'.

In the same spirit of candor, I confess to the following transgressions:

  • Draft-Al-Gore-2008.com
  • DemocraticBarfly.com (+ .org, .net & .us!)
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Podcast of Alan Cooper

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 12/18/06 (2:44am)

Alan Cooper is the author of two absolute classic books: "The Inmates Are Running the Asylum" and "About Face 2.0: The Essentials of Interaction Design".

In this podcast by Gerry Gaffney, Cooper talks about personas, interaction design and other aspects of User Centered Design (UCD).

Book: 'Getting Real' by 37signals

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 12/17/06 (7:15pm)

This came out in March but it's still worth a mention -- particularly in the context of the "Kuckoo for Features" approach discussed here earlier.

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Time Person of the Year: 6,965,000 Pieces of Mylar

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 12/17/06 (8:05am)

That's a lot of Mylar:

The 2006 Person of the Year issue—the largest one Time has ever printed—marks the first time we've put reflective Mylar on the cover. When we found a supplier in Minnesota, we made the company sign a confidentiality agreement before placing an order for 6,965,000 pieces. That's a lot of Mylar.

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