Invasion of the Usability Experts!
It's about time someone said this, and I'm glad it was Dale. [ via kottke, where another conversation is going on ]
This by far
is the all-time worst use of flash ever. Boring, long, and utterly unimportant. It blows -- the competition away!
How you say
Duking it out with Accenture for the title of most disagreeable computer-generated faux-English corporate nomenclature de la semaine
, a company with the perfectly good name Productivity Works has gone and screwed it up by renaming itself isSound
. "Because the future
is listening," the homepage tells us. What it's listening to is all of us stammering to pronounce an unnatural string of letters. In related news, despite admitting it still works, isSound isShitcanning itsScreenReader, pwWebSpeak
The commercializaton of the web has failed.
Oh, dear. What a catastrophe. Heh-heh-heh...
I think they got a bargain.
A company which was in financial trouble let a kid come in for two weeks as an intern. He took a look at their business, immediately set up a web site for them to sell their product, and they promptly received an order for 70,000 pounds through that web site. It appears it will save their company.
Mattl.com (links to dubious content)
So the election is over and you're sad. Right? Right? Er, well, anyway, check out this hilarious (and as-yet-unfinished) online comic featuring the guy we all secretly wanted to vote for. If we didn't already. (Features naughty words at times.)
A good Flash intro?
Other than what the company is about, i was impressed with the Flash intro, especially the music which goes with it.
5k site debuts
...and it's awesome. Stewart
have obviously collaborated well on this project.
It really whets my appetite for the TicketStubs
site, which I'm really looking forward to, aren't you?
Yahoo-ification of the Web.
Yahoo buys E-Groups
. They bought Webring.org
a few months back. What is next? Will my Yahoo screen name become my legal name? And don't even talk to me about the spam issue, because I might start to cry.
More Pseudo-Amazon Layout Fun
It used to amaze me that people have entire careers based on ripping off others. Now it's just standard (I apologize for the thousandth post of an amazon.com tabs
comment). The site actually looks like the old Amazon interface hooked up with the current Altavista
site, and created some bizarre, overly-influenced mélange.
Overpaid, anal-retentive web usability expert
puts himself out of a job? Or perhaps engages in second-round of funding to maintain astonishing levels of frankly unfathomable self-publicity? You might think so, but I couldn't possibly comment.
Steal a design, win an award. Sumerset Custom Houseboats
won several awards in the 2000 Inc. Magazine Web Awards 2000
, including the top prize in the General Excellence category. According to a company press release
, the site was chosen for its "simple, functional, yet elegant design". The only problem is, they stole the design from IBM's site
marchFirst circles the bowl...
Too bad. I thought it would be cool to work for them but now analyst are predicting the demise of the company. I wonder if they will have a great deals on Macs when they go bankrupt?
what will be supported
now that browsers are a-changin' again? handy resource from a Netscape product manager.
Gore good, pull down menus bad.
Jakob no likey drop down menus. I searched and could find no reference to the newest Alertbox. It may not necessarily be a hot topic but I have to agree with Mr. Nielsen. Pull down menus suck especially the ones created by CSS. Web design should not try to function like an operating system interface or a republican political campaign.
Did I include enough politics for this post?
Multilingual domain name testbed
went live a few hours ago. (More at the ICANN site
Boo is back.
And apparently "this time it's personal".
Patrick Farley's latest comic
is a great halloween treat. Anyone know of other good online comic artists?
Etour.com claims it's like "channel surfing" on the web, but it isn't.
Surfing is something in-between purposefully seeking a goal and letting the wind blow you wherever it wishes. It's not totally random. It's not totally goal-driven. So it must involve a human who is making half-choices, taking half-risks. It can't be programmed. [more…]
Journalism profs are soliciting Internet users' opinions
on how "politically interested Web surfers are using the Internet in the 2000 U.S. presidential elections."
A Complete Map of What?
Buchanan International claims to have created a complete page-level map of the Internet. I think (the article's not really clear on that). Am I the only one who finds this ridiculous? And their motives are so pure: "the completion of the map is prob-ably (sic) the first big step in the quest to control internet anarchy." Does the Financial Times usually publish such drivel? (via Brian Carnell
is no more, which is a shame they had more than a few sexy photographs on there and decent design.
Reading, 'Riting, 'Rithmetic
Jakob Nielsen says "to take the Internet to the next level, users must begin posting their own material ...
the vast wasteland of Geocities confirms this. Giving users a home-page editing program does not turn them into good writers."
to task: "his recommended approach is crazy ...Why bog kids down with HTML?" Blogs, of course, are her solution. But for some folks
this simply doesn't add up. Saying kids shouldn't learn HTML because Blogger exists is like saying they shouldn't learn to add because calculators exist.
relaunches as probably the most boring, blase portal site I've ever seen and their stock goes up
? Is it just me, or does it look like they bought the site from "Al's Do It Yourself Portals"?
What is up with this?
I thought the weblogging community was the only one to engage in petty bickering? What I want to know is, while I can understand having a free Geocities site or something just to flame somebody, utterly removing your paid-for site
stikes me as a bit off-kilter.
How many of these non-standard prefixes does your
Just off the top of my head with the programs I have running right now, I can handle nap: aim: hotline:
and a few others, not counting all the ones built into my browser.
is back up, Huzzah!
Bike Messengers Love IndyMedia
-- Bike messenger Harim Veracruz says that the IndyMedia site has been "a godsend" for him and his colleagues. "All the messengers are using it," he said. "There's a map of the city, information on who is going to be where, what parts of the city to avoid, how to get from here to there fast, even restaurant recommendations. It's a very helpful site." Veracruz said he's even "gotten educated as to why these people are so angry" by reading some of the political news on the site, and is considering joining a protest walk to the U.N. on Friday.
Oh shit, oh piss, oh dear. Judge rules domain names are not property.
We had enough problems with this in the last decade with 800-numbers. <sigh>
Bake Cookies for your Visitors with Flash.
Another spot on editorial from the folks at Flazoom.com. You know, if Flash developers would practice what Flazoom has been preaching for the past few months, my IT department would never have banned SWF files from our firewall. Gahh...
Do you see what i see.
Anyone work on web projects funded by the Department of Education, or any other organization which is now requiring websites be Bobby Approved
Disney.com launches Surf Swell Island: Adventures in Internet Safety
What is Goofy doing on The Cliffs of Mean Manners? Will Donald get lost in The Virus Caves? Is Minnie safe on No Privacy Beach?
gets a facelift. Creepy, but nice as always.
The CSS Anarchists Cookbook
How to ruin a designers pride and joy with with one simple file
The Web is 500x larger than we think?
While plausible, it also smacks of a press release...
You must be of legal drinking
age to enter this site.
Oh yes, when I'm in college, I WILL
be one, I WILL
. . . oh yes, it will be mine.
The end of view source?
New software on the horizon may allow you to control who saves, copies or prints your web content. Are the days of right-click piracy coming to a close? Will this add weight to the budding concept that people might actually pay
for content they want? Should we care?
Anyone know how they got that domain? Which NICs are allowing "unusual" characters, and how widespread is the standard?
I seem to recall an online utility that presents a view of what a web site would look like in multiple browsers and on multiple platforms. My searching has turned up empty. Of course I've been known to choose unsuccessful keywords. Specifically, I'm looking for a utility to simulate the appearance of a web page on a Macintosh. Anyone here know of such a tool?
teens spin web of the future.
great article re: the winners of a competition for teenagers maintaining useful, unique, nonprofit sites.
Emily Boyde, 17, of Newcastle, Australia, was the only female finalist. Her Web site, MatMice
, allows kids to create their own Web sites and view sites made by their friends.
She taught herself to write HTML, the language used to create Web sites.
"I don't know a lot of other females who do this sort of thing," she said. "But after I saw the Internet, I liked the look of it. So I decided to learn to use it myself."
Emily rocks my world.
What do you think of the winners?
Journaux munis d'un blog
has a Weblog
, as does The Age
. Any other coelecanth media taking the plunge?
Your site in Chinese.
I picked this one up out of my logs. Enter your URL, hit return, wheet, there it is, your site in simplified Chinese. Dunno how accurate it is, but goddamned, it's the coolest thing I've seen in, oh, almost 16 hours.
You need to be running a browser and OS that handles Chinese characters for this to work, by the way. Mac users can install the appropriate freebies off of their OS 9 or 8.6 disks; it's a custom install. Windows users can download some big software turd. At least Internet Explorer on both platforms will display Chinese characters correctly once the system extensions are installed.
Deepleap.org is up.
No one mentioned this yet, so I figured i would. Everyone go whine about the reload button not working.
there must be more than one of you, jeffrey
Another outstanding piece on the state of the web from Mr. Z...does this guy ever sleep?
Ever wondered how much it would cost to have your listing pop up on a particular MSN search? According to Micros~1's keywords.com
(as of a few minutes ago), you can get sex
for $795.20/month, mp3
for $175.66, and Bill Gates
for a mere $8.96 a month!
Congratz, bro! Between you and Napster
, I *almost* enjoyed the webbys this year.
Any server can read all your IE cookies.
From any domain. Anyone. I was just explaing to my folks that the reason cookies are (generally) safe is that this was NOT possible. Well, it's possible now.