Yesterday I found a quite interesting quote in TNW magazine #0.3:
We noticed that sometimes readers seem confused. Is this page element a button or not? Is there more when I scroll down or am I at the end of the page? Sometimes this can be frustrating and we all wish for some clarity. Maybe even some rules or guidelines. Or maybe we should make it all simpler and strip away all the elements that aren't needed yet?
There are rules and guidelines - design and usability should be clear and easy to use without any additional rules and guidelines. It doesn't mean we need to strip away all elements that aren't needed. It is highly possible they need to add more elements to show where the user is or just change existing ones to be more informative.
I’ve always had problems in writing this kind of posts when I just want to share a link with you. It is actually just a new section on the site I sometimes visit - cool iPhone backgrounds.
The site "new web best" publishes quite nice pictures and video from Russia. Usually the pictures are quite funny. I don’t know when they started this new section, but now you can download cool background images for you home screen and lock screen. Pictures available for iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5.
Does it mean Google now directly competes with Apple, Microsoft and all of the others in the space on the desktop market? Yes and no. Yes, Google is trying to compete, but this laptop is way too expensive - $1299 US for WiFi version.
Google cannot compete with Microsoft directly, because Microsoft doesn't produce hardware. I think Microsoft produces only keyboards, mouses and Surface tablets. But Google will compete with HP, Del, Asus, Lenovo etc.
The biggest problem of the new platform - It doesn’t allow any software on the desktop. It’s for use with web-based services only. I already have such devices - iPad, iPhone. You might have android devices that already allow users to work in the cloud or in restricted area on their devices. I have all this. Now I need a device where I can be God.
I bought my first MacBook Air in summer 2011 and I haven’t had any problems. I love it. But yesterday I found that spotlight and finder were broken. Every time I searched something in spotlight, it showed “Web searches” section only. I use spotlight very often, and I just cannot live without it.
Looks like the issue is in the index cache. There is something broken and MacOS cannot fix itself. The solution is to rebuild indexes. Start terminal and run two commands:
sudo mdutil -i off / sudo mdutil -E /
To protect the system effectively, you have to be familiar with the possible ways hackers can use to break into it. It is better to know know what hackers think, what food they eat, what air they breathe and what the heck they are trying to break into your system.
It is impossible to provide a general formula that can be used for all break-ins. Each case is different and requires an individual, creative approach that depends on the system and its security configurations. Computer systems are most compromised by hackers taking advantage of the software errors, and each administrator can have different software on his or her network.
Why do attacks on computers continue to increase with each passing year? The information about the security holes and vulnerabilities in computer systems used to be stored on bulletin board systems (BBSs) and only a few people with special privileges had access to it. So it was these hackers who carried out attacks with impunity, because their level of education and experience was high.
These days technology is everywhere. It is changing our jobs and even the way we live now. We have been tweaking everything because we want to be better at everything, we want to be faster and live in a new safe world.
We have more and more devices around us. Ten years ago I had only desktop computer. Now I have desktop computer, laptop, PSP, XBox, two smartphones (Windows Phone I hate and iPhone I love), tablet, MP3 player (iPod 4th generation). TV and home theatres are becoming so smart that we can call them IT devices too.
What's next? Smart refrigerators are almost on the market. They are just too expensive and are not worth to spend money on.
Cars are already smart enough. I own Ford Fusion 2010 and it has build-in Microsoft Sync. I can talk to my car and it can recognize some basic commands. It works not as cool as Siri but quite cool and doesn't require Internet connection to recognize what I say.
Please do not create a new view for each action you have. It's much better to share a view between similar actions. For example, if you need to create two actions - create and edit you can have only one view to allow user to fill in all information you need in the actions.
I think it is much smarter to create smart views that can adopt depending on what action you want to perform. Share view among similar actions and your code will be much easier to support. Especially when you need actions like insert or edit.
Yesterday I had to extend some code where originally application developer created 4 similar views for 4 similar actions. I had a choice - write my code 4 times or write one view and include into 4 existing view. I chose the second one. I didn't have time to rewrite everything.
Yesterday was a beautiful day - Cavalcade of Lights. Everyone who was at Nathan Phillips Square yesterday could see this spectacular event.