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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.

Self-Publishing at $7 a Pop

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 12/14/06 (4:43pm)

We're so focused on Digital Libraries and other forms of online communication that we often overlook how profoundly the Web has changed the delivery of ordinary goods and services.

Browser War Redux

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 12/12/06 (9:07pm)

I spose I'm showing my age by using 'Redux' instead of '2.0' but, boys and girls, I remember the first round of browser wars as if it were yesterday!

Essentially Internet Explorer booted Netscape off the face of the planet not because of any particular advantage it had over the competition but simply because it was part of the Windows OS and lock-in trumped all.

Well, since then, Microsoft has sat on the thing (so much for 'Freedom to Innovate') while an offshoot of Netscape, Mozilla, refined its own product, the open-source FireFox. Now finally MS has woken up and released IE7.

So it's the IE-Firefox Browser War all over again. But, but, argues Read/WriteWeb, what this really is is a proxy war between Microsoft and (who else?) Google with nothing less than the "multi-billion dollar advertising industry" at stake. How so, you ask? Well, read the rest of the post...

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The Gift to Be Simple

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 12/11/06 (3:20pm)

It had to happen. First there was the period of experimentation on the Web. Websites were meant to be "explored" we were told -- even the more mundane ones. When that didn't seem to work out, the pendulum swung the other way in favor of clean and simple design. The search screen of Google comes to mind.

Now the question is, are we experiencing a backlash to the backlash?

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