Archive for the 'tech' Category

Why it’s time to leave Twitter and move to the Fediverse

Tuesday, November 15th, 2022

Elon Musk seems to be a bull in a china shop with his heavy-handed treatment of Twitter. Reflecting on the situation I have had an awakening of sorts – remembering my early Twitter follows like Aral who stands up for data-independence and privacy. Why should a money-losing massive single entity have a de facto […]

Freebox Batch Video Conversion (mp4 to mkv)

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

I often have the problem of needing to convert a folder full of video files to a format compatible with my Freebox, without spending ages in front of my machine doing each video individually. This often happens when I have several takes from my mobile phone or camcorder as mp4 files. Here’s how I worked […]

Using wear and tear to guide usability simplification

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

The great thing about physical objects is wear and tear. The places you touch most wear down, an ideal indicator for the key functions in your remote interface. This type of observation has even led to abstract art such as the traces left by different iPad apps. You can tell a lot about how something […]

Interactive Design Festival: notes from the WIF

Friday, June 1st, 2012

I’ve just got back from the international interactive design festival, or WIF (from the original Webdesign International Festival). It’s a meeting of designers linked to the web and interaction (HCI) from around the world who come to talk about the latest trends and ideas. I was on the jury for the design competition which gave […]

WordPress Pharma Hack and Updates

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

WordPress is a fantastic platform, with an excellent plugin mechanism and the most usable admin interface I have seen. I know and have used several others including Joomla, Zope, Drupal, and old stuff you may not have heard of. The problem with being popular though is that you are likely to be a victim of […]

The Facebook Walled Garden?

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Is anyone else concerned that the Internet is becoming a walled garden on Facebook, encouraging people never to leave the facebook site? People are more likely to read the Guardian now it’s a Facebook app. No doubt this is due to having to install the app to read content “read” by others – frictionless sharing […]

Facebook Redesign and Change Aversion

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Every time a major site with a big audience changes, there are always going to be detractors. Especially a site like Facebook. People spend a lot of time there, so interface changes are almost tantamount to moving stuff around in their lounge/den. I think there are a number of issues with the new Facebook homepage. […]

The Little Details

Friday, August 26th, 2011

On holiday this summer in the Vendée region (near the Loire valley), I was pleasantly surprised by my till receipt for my holiday shopping. Instead of a list in simple order of items scanned by the cashier, the receipt was both grouped by department, and ordered by highest priced item first. At a glance, you […]