Windows 8 is just a messy desktop

I've been running Windows 8 (ironically on my Macbook Pro) for a few months now.  Fundamentally, I don't think that there is that big a change in the overall functionality, but there are a few key issues with it as a desktop OS that I wanted to highlight for those thinking of making the switch.  Notice the emphasis.  I think that as a tablet OS, Windows 8 will be incredible, but on the desktop it falls a little short.  Here's why: When you cut to the chase, there are really 2 issues: The desktop is messy ... more ...

When cars aren't in charge

So at the beginning of October, Adam Rogers of Wired  published his manifesto Observation Deck: Designing Cities for People, Not Cars.  It is an interesting discussion of establishing parts of cities where people (on foot or on bicycle) are in charge rather than cars.  There are two very interesting parts of it that set things bouncing around in my head: He talks about how there is a visceral, emotional reaction as a pedestrian to doing something in today's cities that doesn't acknowledge that cars are in charge (i.e. crossing an intersection diagonally), andthe discussion of Disney's ... more ...

Office 2013 Preview

So I've been using the Office 2013 Preview now for a couple of weeks and I thought I'd take a few minutes to give you my thoughts.  In a word, Wow!  I know it might be hyperbolic to use and exclamation point when talking about a "Productivity Suite", but Microsoft have outdone themselves on this release. At first blush, my reaction was "Oh, its Office 2010 with the Metro (or Visual Studio 2010) UI treatment".  And while this is an evolution of 2010 to keep it in line with the UI flavour MS seems to be ... more ...

Usability of an Orange

I like fruit.  I do.  If you did a statistical analysis of my eating habits, though, I don't think fruit would show up in the top 10.  My wife claims that, like all men, my lack of fruit consumption is because I'm lazy.  She argues that I'm just too stuck-on-my-plonk to get up and cut up a cantaloupe or core an apple.  I thought for a while that she was right, but as the mandarin oranges re-appeared on pre-Halloween-but-never-to-early-Christmas shelves, I realized that the issue isn't my degree of gumption, its purely a usability problem. When I open a mandarin ... more ...