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 ...

A user story - in video

Wire-framing is God's gift to requirements gathering.  Its true.  I'm a recent convert to formally including a wireframe in the design/requirments process.  Why this sudden conversion?  The discovery of a tool that makes it almost child's play to explore your options: balsamiq.  Here is my top-5 list of why wireframing, and balsamiq in particular, is awesome: with a wireframe tool, I can whip up a "sketch" of the screen(s) for a particular user story in less than an hour the process of wireframing is the first test of the requirements and highlights very quickly when the requirements aren't ... 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 ...