Archives for October 2004
Were I ever to move to New York, I know one of the key places that I would want to live. Downtown, designed by Philippe Starck, sits directly across from the New York Stock Exchange (as you can observe from the rooftop park) in the old JP Morgan building. While I could wax rhapsodic for days on this amazing location, the price tag is still a bit out of my range – the smallest available unit is offered at $1,160,000 plus $606.60 in monthly charges for the common areas and over $1250 in taxes. And let’s be honest, we would need a bit more room… So, let’s up the price to at least $1,695,000 for a unit that has a couple of home offices in addition to the master bedroom, and a terrace.
Thanks to MoCoLoco for the link.
Ed Felton presents a great explanation of one of the key problems with Diebold’s electronic voting machines. More importantly, he explains the issue in very simple, straight-forward terms. This is an easy article for anyone to read, and everyone should as it may well have a major impact on this year’s elections.
Link provided by the EFF
Paparazzi! is a great OS X app that produces a full size screen shot of a Web page, which can save a fair amount of time compared to the old method of capturing multiple screen shots and piecing them together in Photoshop.
– “a community marketing campaign that will take the buzz around Firefox to the next level: the first-ever, full-page advertisement in a major daily newspaper [The New York Times] created and paid for by the open source community.”
Human Factors International provides an interesting analysis of breadcrumb navigation on Web sites.
> The resistance to using breadcrumbs is perplexing. They increase efficiency. They support site learning. They reduce the user’s “where-was-I?” memory burden by providing a list of recently visited pages. They make it easier to cross levels of the navigation decision tree within the browse environment.
> Breadcrumbs make site learning and navigation more efficient. And it’s the designer’s job to enhance efficiency, right? So we continue to design sites with breadcrumbs.
> But breadcrumbs are only beneficial if users notice them. And largely, they don’t. Or maybe they do and they are telling us something.
Yet again, Mr. Lessig presents a wealth of information to the world via the Net. A new site, p2p-Politics makes so much sense, that I am rather surprised that no one else had already done this – I sure as hell didn’t think of it. Luckily he did.
What is it? Well, I’ll let them answer that question:
> There is an extraordinary range of political speech that has been created for this election, some of it professionally made, most of it not. We are volunteers who think that it should be easier for people to show other people the content they think they should see before they vote.
> We built this peer-to-peer site to enable people to send personalized messages with links to video clips about this election.
Preschool plans whiskey fund-raiser – “They’ve hired Ray Pearson to introduce area residents to the finer points of single-malt Scotch whiskey at a $35-a-person fund-raiser Saturday.” Damn, that’s a great fundraiser!
Thanks to Matt Jacobs for the link.
Rixstep presents a “repository for every keyboard secret in OS X”
Link Courtesy of fiftyfoureleven.com
> It’s a desktop search application that provides full text search over your email, computer files, chats, and the web pages you’ve viewed. By making your computer searchable, Google Desktop Search puts your information easily within your reach and frees you from having to manually organize your files, emails, and bookmarks.
I would download Google Desktop Search in an instant, except for one major problem: application support, or rather the lack thereof. Sadly, the developers at Google are not supporting my e-mail client (Thunderbird) or my Web browser (Firefox). Sigh.