"I think The Tablet is nothing short of Apple's re-conception of personal computing."
This is a quote from John Gruber of Daring Fireball that ends this piece on the Apple Tablet. Gruber follows and knows Apple about as well as a non Apple insider can. His view of the Tablet is that it will not be an e-reader, mainly because Apple is not in the business of dedicated pieces of hardware, but instead a new tool for personal computing. If you read, or even skim, Gruber's post about the Tablet I wonder what you may think about the role o...
The Google blog has a post up outlining the internet giant's meaning of and commitment to open technology and information. While there is nothing earth shattering in any of their statements or facts it is interesting to see the company's perspective on how the openness of both technology and information creates value for users and businesses alike. Whether you agree or disagree with their ideas it as worth the read.
WordPress 2.9 was released at the end of last week and has some features that are worth noting. Here is the WP blog post about the release.
From a user's perspective:
A simple image editor is now built into the post interface. It allows for users to crop, rotate, and scale their images. This seems like a great tool to have to be serving large user bases.
WordPress now uses oEmbed which allows users to simply paste a video url( http://www.youtube.com/thisawesomevideo) and have the url converted to a ...
Blueprint CSS Framework is the grid-based CSS framework I am leaning towards using for the next stage of Project Press development. It is a very elegant framework allowing for fast layout development. I also think it will help guide our effort with "widgetizing" the Project Press theme.
We initially need a color palette, basic design elements, layout ideas, etc
I highly recommend reading this short article on A List Apart, especially to my colleagues in Publishing and Design. It discusses how web sites need to be developed in a way that is more conscious of how people learn. It touches on some ideas we have been exploring that deal with merging content to create narratives and context that are not readily available in a traditional web environment. The author supplies some case study sites for you to review as well.
I was just introduced to a new tool named Readability. This tool strips all the visual noise from a web page allowing you to simply foucs on reading. You are able to choose how Readability displays content with specific text size, margin widths, and layout style. Since we all probably do a lot of online reading this might come in handy.
I have already found it helpful when I read blogs with lengthy posts and lots of ads.
I would reccomend this blog post from Julian Bleecker of the Near Future Laboratory. It is extremely long but deals with how a 'firm' or 'collective' can engage in designing innovation with a focus on users.
It is a bit rambling but deals with a business book based on innovation as well as Bruno Latour, so seems fitting for folks in the Lab.
Just a quick FYI.
I am teaching a course on beginner electronics at the Brooklyn Skill Share this weekend.
The Mission of the event:
Education is a right, not a commodity. We are all students and teachers, and we believe that everyone has something to teach and to learn from each other. The Brooklyn Skillshare is a communal, hands-on, learning experience that aims to serve as a jumping-off point in the construction of an autonomous, nonexclusive, reciprocal learning community.
In addition to my class there are myriad othe...
The NY Times has an article today about piracy and e-books.
Clearly the proliferation of hand held e-readers will lead to a rise in pirated e-book materials. I wonder if the publishing industry will be able to provide any unique solutions to piracy.