Archive for the 'UI' Category

Multi-touch Skepticism

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

from James Mc Parlane 🙂

Is there an uncanny valley for natural language search?

Monday, April 9th, 2007

There is a hypothesis pertaining to robotics and computer generated, human-like characters called the Uncanny Valley. It states that as robots become more and more human-like, the comfort of humans interacting with them takes a sharp dip before it rises again towards fully human interaction. In Fernando Pereira’s latest take on Powerset, he eludes to […]

That's User Experience

Wednesday, March 7th, 2007

I had never shopped at CD Baby before. I had a fun time. Now they get a blog mention and a link out of it. Site designers take note.


Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

I think I’m in love with Jeff Han.

Towards multi-touch in the browser

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

If, as it seems, the iPhone’s software will all come from Apple then all the development fun will happen in the browser, in particular in whatever version of Safari the shiny little device ships with. And it will be fun if Apple give us, as developers, access the right information. I’m talking here about that […]

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.

More on right-clicks and good spelling

Saturday, November 4th, 2006

Just experienced: a reason that web sites hacking the right-click is bad. It’s the same as the usual problems with overriding browser behavior. In Writely, Firefox 2.0 is now very kindly underlining spelling mistakes for me. But when I go to right-click and change the spelling, Writely has very unkindly got rid of my standard […]

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 […]

Artificial Artificial Intelligence at ChaCha

Friday, September 29th, 2006

ChaCha is a new search engine that will connect you to a personal search assistant (a human!) to help you with your query. Matthias decided to test it out with a challenging query: Status: Looking for a guide … Status: Connected to guide: SomeGuide SomeGuide: Hi there. I will be helping with your search. SomeGuide: […]

Gave up on AllPeers 0.5

Thursday, September 14th, 2006

It just doesn’t have enough workingness yet. Files that don’t show up, or won’t transfer. Having said that, I did keep trying to use it. If it worked properly I would find it pretty useful. But don’t you feel this should and will be baked into the OS?

iTunes 7 integrates CoverFlow Flicker

Thursday, September 14th, 2006

I’m lovin’ the new iTunes album flicking interface. I’ve been using CoverFlow for a while but it’s nice to have it integrated into the iTunes library. Apple actually bought CoverFlow for this, I’m assuming for patents and/or people. On the downside, the iTunes version doesn’t seem as good at getting album art automatically, and incidently, […]

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 […]


Thursday, May 11th, 2006

I like nice clean interfaces. Firefox’s search box has always bothered me. It’s always there, cluttering up your view with your last entered search terms. It’s too small and fights with the url box for space. I always have it disabled. So as practice for another XUL project I’ve been working on, here is my […]

Hacking a Grazr

Saturday, March 11th, 2006

At the end of January, James Corbett coined the term Feed Grazer with reference to my OPod widget. Well, he’s certainly captured some people’s imagination with that phrase. Via James, comes news of Their main product is still under wraps but they have released the Grazer Mini, which bears a distinct resemblance to OPod, […]

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 […]

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 […]