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Monthly Archives: March 2005

Pac-man nightmare

26-Mar-05

Designing a better cell phone user interface

26-Mar-05

Given that the cell phones on the market seem to be so often badly designed – at least in terms of usability – it seems that the industry could use some sort of design reference. Cell phones have been on the mass-market for rather a while. Surely by now someone would have taken a stab […]

No small fonts, please

26-Mar-05

A few years back I needed new glasses (due to wear and tear) and went to get my eyes checked. The end result was no change to the prescription, but went away with words from the examiner “your eyes should get worse from here on out”. Apparently the human eye gets less flexible with age […]

AOL at 14.4Kb

25-Mar-05

Received the new/old Kyocera 6035 pda/phone and activated with Verizon easily (just a non-cell phone call), and played with it a bit over the past week. Good and bad points to this phone. This fat/wide phone fits in a shirt pocket, but takes up a lot of room. The little stick used to make selections […]

Upcoming.com

25-Mar-05

Another site I had not previously heard of. Jon Udell: Upcoming events in Keene, NH The failure of upcoming is two-fold. First, they have (practically) no content. Second, they cannot succeed as an independent site. Remember why email originally took off (LONG ago) on Unix, and took much longer on other platforms? The reason was […]

The dirty little secret of MySpace

25-Mar-05

Wired News: Are Socialites Still Networking? Chris DeWolfe, chief executive of the competing site MySpace, claims that when one looks at the number of unique users, his company is getting 8 times the volume of Friendster. The site, which allows people as young as 16 to sign up, takes what DeWolfe calls a portal strategy, […]

Full moon out tonight

25-Mar-05

Drove home in no hurry from dinner in Orange, zig-zagging through surface streets. Saw typical semi-older/mixed southern California suburbia in Santa Ana / Orange / Tustin. Travelled what used to be the north edge of Irvine on Irvine road. A rather large stretch of open space is gone, swallowed by development. Used to rather like […]

In Iraq

25-Mar-05

Wolfowitz – The Nice Guy Clinton’s military did pretty well in Iraq, huh? The Salvador Option The Pentagon may put Special-Forces-led assassination or kidnapping teams in Iraq From the Whiskey Bar, and randomly: Dog Owner’s Guide: Rabies Recent outbreaks of rabies in Texas and Florida point to the need for prevention. This is one disease […]