Linux Usability testing, videos posted by Novell @ BetterDesktop.org
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Specs are useful when written by authoritative people and with specific goals. You need specs to solve issues like interoperability, defining metrics so that all stakeholders are aligned on what was built (or what is going to be built, as is often the case).
When specs are aimed at some political agenda, then Linus’ point is relevant. I guess in this industry, specs have often being driven by political agendas rather than solving particular problems.
What i would argue with articles like these, is that they always seem to leave out the context. If not for that, it’s a good piece: keep it simple, a good principle indeed proven time and again.
C/NEt has a beautiful illustration of the Web 2.0 ontologies on their beta site. This story on Wikipedia nicely shows what can be done with these tools.
The idea of a $100 Laptop from MIT Media Lab is fantastic. I fear it won’t really be useful in the end, unless there is a companion initiative teaching people to get the most out of technology.
I’m watching this space.
Zimbra collaboration application nicely showcases how the AJAX concepts can be put to good use, well done.
AJAX is the hype of the moment, though the core concepts have been around for years. Come to think of it, what is really happening is that peope are warming up to the ideas. We are starting to see some nice applications popping up. Zimbra is a case in point, it looks neat.The idea of a Google OS suddenly start to make sense to me. Here is my fantasy web OS terminal:
- It’s architectured around an iPod-like device running Linux
- It has built-in wireless capability
- On-chip Firefox browser
- Touch-screen interface, powered by Google Suggest
- I can podcast using the built-in microphone
- The built-in camera is handy in so many ways
Exciting times indeed, also unnerving for many an outfit.
This year’s Queen’s Day in Amsterdam was a little bit tamed but it was a great fun as usual
I only had my camera-phone with me and took some snapshots. The image quality is not great, but you get an idea anyway.
Free concert on muzeumplein, the ambiance is that of festival days. So busy you won’t know where to stand.
Throw some eggs at this man for a euro, it’s fun.
After weeks looking for very simple but practical bathroom furniture, i came to realise i have to custom-build something. I thought that would be really easy, simply draw a diagram, measure the room available and order precut wooden panels and screws accordingly, the rest would be like assembling an IKEA product. It turns out you need a proper equipment and a workshop, to avoid a backbreaking exercise. To start with, i don’t have enough space to do this kind of stuff – my appartment is too small to keep bulky stuff around.
I never thought it would be so tiring having to drill holes all over MDF panels. Also the stuff is quite heavy to carry up the narrow staircases we have over here. I am not done yet but you can see how i went about it and how far i got: left-to-right, top-to-bottom, in the picture below.
Lately we’ve seen a lot of snow here in Amsterdam. I took a picture of the park nearby my place, some of them were nice.
Check out these cars parked in the street. .
Now the thing is that snow tyres are not required in this country, which meant driving was utter chaos. At some point even trams and trains were not running anymore!