Month: April 2008

Treating links as if they were footnotes?

From a usability standpoint, well any standpoint for that matter, treating links as if they were footnotes makes absolutely no sense. It defeats the whole point. The website for the Chicago Recycling Coalition uses this approach in full force: Dates and locations for collections in the Chicago area can be found on the IEPA website

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Bad Luck Syndrome

Something we all feel we’re plagued with at times… “If you focus on what’s going wrong in your life—especially if you see it as ‘bad luck’ you can do nothing about—it will seem blacker and more malevolent. In a short time, you’ll become so convinced that everything is against you that you’ll notice more and

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Authenticity

Fantastic clip from Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares where chef Gordon Ramsay visits failing Indian restaurant, The Curry Lounge. Why is it failing? With 100+ pick-n-mix items on the menu, the owner is afraid he’ll not be able to please everyone. By offering something for everyone, even chips at an Indian restaurant, they end up with something

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Tremors in Chicago

Um… Yeah… So early this morning, around 4-5am, I woke up feeling nausious, sick to my stomach, my hold body shaking. I thought it was me, symptoms of insomnia I’ve felt in the past. Nope. Turns out an earthquake, 2nd largest in midwest history, struck downstate Illinois and the tremors spread up to Chicago. The

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Some Random Photos from 1998 to 2000

Wedged between books and other such things I found some old photos I had taken some time ago. Thought I’d scan and share. Doyle jumping off our TV (1998) View Camera test (similar to Toyo 45CX View Camera) (1998)

Give up 1 of your 5 senses to broaden your horizon

Seth Godin’s post, George Clooney is not normal, hits on the idea of expectations in relation to the people we chose to surrounds ourselves with. You can’t hire that guy because he’s not as good looking as George. And you can’t believe that speaker because he doesn’t present as well as George. And that guy?

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Every Business Should Switch to Mac OS X

I truly believe this. I cannot think of a single good reason not to. And the CEO’s obsession with Microsoft Outlook does not count! I have helped a few business move to Apple’s Mac OS X and I repeatedly receive praise for the encouragement. So it was fantastic to hear the IBM is testing such

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I Support Ads On Twitter…

…at least to see where they could lead. Sure ads suck, but I think marketers will eventually come around and realize what a good ad can be and do for every party. It is not about doing the same thing that has been done for 75+ years. Twitter offers some really unique advertisement opportunities that

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Mobile Browsers, You Are Not Alone

Russell Beattie announced the End of Mowser (mowser converted any website into a mobile friendly version) yesterday was not a huge shock. Russell said in his blog post that “growth has been flat or falling for the past couple months”, but it seemed more like an indicator to abandon the project than anything else. Now

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Easy Step 1-2-3 DIY Kits

There are hundreds of little home DIY projects that homeowners need to tackle. Installing a new faucet, fixing holes in drywall, painting, the list goes on. The annoying part is not the the actual act of repair, but going to Home Depot or Menards and not knowing exactly what tools you need. Or the pain

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The Browser is Dead

Michael Arrington on TechCrunch writes: For most early adopters (and all Mac users), the browser is increasingly the only operating system that matters anyway. Windows isn’t really that relevant any more just because of the increasing utility of online applications like Google Docs, which competes with Microsoft Office. – Gartner Says Vista Will Collapse. And

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Symptoms of Passion

Seth Godin points out today in a blog post entitled Why downloading Firefox is like getting into college that the act of going to college does not guarantee success, but it is rather a symptom of someone who will succeed at other things. He continues his argument with reference to Firefox users: …if someone is

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Trash Novels at Airports

What is it about places of fleet, airports, train stations, etc., that help trash novels sell through the roof? It’s not that the customer is different, that trash novel readers can only be found at airports, but that they’re in a different state of mind. Whenever I travel I am more willing to alter my

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The Finder is Still the Worst Mac App

Finding newly created folders is cumbersome. Finding re-named folders and files is a pain. File and keyboard actions are not carried across all tools, such as the save dialog. Files are re-associated to different apps too presumptuously. There is also a real lack of built-in file and folder actions. These are the things I do

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The Office: An American Workplace

While The Office keeps getting better and better, the pilot episode, An American Workplace, is still my favorite by far. It is pretty rare for a TV show to get things right from the start, the writers effectively define who their characters are, etc. Fantastic!