Archive for the 'Ideas' Category

Paul Graham's new compiler

Monday, March 26th, 2007

At Startup School, Paul Graham told us of Y Combinator‘s new policy for funding teams: Photo by ybboey If you don’t have a good idea, no problem, he’ll give you one – as long as you’re awesome. Oh to be Paul Graham. To have teams of shit hot coders fighting to be accepted by you […]

Joel on the "Off" button

Tuesday, November 21st, 2006

I like it.  Joel tackles a pet peeve of mine, the myriad of ways to end your Windows session, as an instance of the general principle of less options == better UI.

Eh, Google, where's the search?

Monday, October 23rd, 2006

I just realized what’s missing from the Google Reader interface….Search! Why can’t I search inside all my subscriptions just like I can do with emails in Gmail? Come on, I’ve seen all the BigTable magic you Googlers have access to. I know you can do this.

The beginning of the end of the right-click menu

Wednesday, October 18th, 2006

Right-click menus are problematic for novice (and also experienced) computer users for several reasons: Discoverability Novice users are surprised when you tell them you can right click things to get extra options. Added complexity After discovering that their interface to the computer has another variable, they can become confused as to which button they should […]

The 2(.0)nd Coming of the Homepage

Friday, August 4th, 2006

To my one blog subscriber, If you’re wondering why I’m posting twice in the same month (how shocking!), it’s because things are changing around here. You are reading this via the RSS feed so you won’t be aware that I have redesigned the blog’s homepage. My intent was to make this medium more conducive to […]

Crowd-Sourced Software

Friday, July 28th, 2006

Have a look at An outlet for spare ideas and coding time? I’ll be very interested to see what projects come out of it, and what the project collaborators have to say about the service afterwards.

Coming next Monday…

Friday, June 2nd, 2006

Coming next Monday: a web app the likes of which has never been seen before; an all singing, all dancing, all screen-scraping, spectacular that will change our lives forever. Oh, and we haven’t started development yet. We’re just one of several money-making projects that will progress from idea to deployment in the course of this […]

Decoupling Web APIs with XSLT

Saturday, May 6th, 2006

Ok, back to practicality (I hope). Here’s what I was going on about during the lunchtime session at Web 2.0 Ireland. Adam Green brought up the problem of API lock-in. And there’s another, related problem which I know Flock is feeling at the moment. They want to allow you to save your bookmarks to whatever […]

Mr. Web Site…meet Mr. Clipboard

Wednesday, March 8th, 2006

Microsoft’s Live Clipboard is great stuff. Plus it’s not dependant on Microsoft Live at all. Microsoft are just proposing the standard and providing a nice little desktop integration app for their Windows users. Have a look at the screencasts. There will definately be UI issues to be worked out. This functionality should really live in […]

A Feed Taxonomy

Friday, January 27th, 2006

I’ve heard it again and again over the last year: People with “RSS overload” complaining that their aggregator is swamping them with information. The same generality of RSS that has made it so ubiquitous has also exposed problems in any application trying to serve as a consumer for all RSS feeds. RSS/Atom can describe many […]

Leaving Cert. Students… meet Paul Graham

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

Here‘s this week’s inspiring read from the man himself, just in time for anybody who’ll be filling in their CAO this weekend. Read it yourself, but in short: Realise that work and fun are not exclusive. Aim to do what you love and you’ll be great at it, easily. If you don’t know what you […]

Widgety Goodness (Part I)

Wednesday, January 11th, 2006

Today I released the first version of OPod (Cue cease and desist letters from Apple). James has the scoop. I think I’m going to make this the first of a series of posts releasing widgets I’ve developed as parts of other projects. Things I didn’t know before starting this: Firefox allows frames embedded to a […]

Swing Panorama

Friday, November 25th, 2005

Deep in the foothills of Wicklow a new web app is quickly taking shape. But when I lose concentration I’m pretty lucky to be able to step out the front door and go walk in the woods. On the hill opposite the house there is a huge, sprawling tree. And hanging from a branch is […]

Link Mail

Sunday, August 7th, 2005

While we wait for to add link emailing, here’s a little hack to make life easier in the mean time. In javascript, just as in a HTML link, you can target a mailto: url. So you can make a bookmarklet that extracts info from the page you are browsing and pops up a new […]

Sunday, August 7th, 2005

During my info-mania driven tours across the web I often come across links that would be of interest to my friends and I need a quick and simple UI to fire them off to the right destinations. A while ago, I made a start on a web app (avec bookmarklet) to distribute my links to […]