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  • 9+ years in the biz, 10 messing around
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  • Cross-browser compatible code from Photoshop or Illustrator files.. or napkins!
  • Custom Specialities in Wordpress theming & plugins, Twitter & jQuery
  • Subversion, server-log analysis, and blocking hack-attempts (of late).
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Conductive Stylus for Tablets

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The writing-on-tablets dream is still a dream, for many. The screens are still laggy, and there’s horror stories about scratching screens with poorly constructed stylii. I’ve tried my own luck with $5 cheapies, and was never impressed – they wore down or were too big to accurately see. I don’t know what possessed me to …

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Touchable area of Screen Sizes

In my ever-present attempt to describe the tablet market-frenzy, and understand what makes “the best” tablet, I’ve compiled some numbers. I’ve had these around for awhile, but with hearing the recommendation of 30 pixels minimum for buttons (and having a horrendous time on the smallest of buttons on all sizes of honeycomb tablets) I figured …

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On the real-world testing of various tablets

Two things I would like to say regarding tablets. 1: That Android 3.0+ is messed up. It’s like using WindowsXP. My long-term critique of that platform is the ability to do the same thing, numerous ways. There’s no simple, obvious path. With Android-for-tablets, there’s too many things to do, all screaming for attention: a menu …

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Tablet sizes, meet UX

Now that there’s finally a useful selection of Android tablets out there (with decent 3.2 software and dual-cores), the market is feeling it’s first round of heat. Funny thing, no one seems able to decide what size to produce or market. Samsung has left it up to the users, and is about to offer 7″, …

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Review of “Cloud” (cuz ‘online’ is too 1990s) Storage

Let’s face it: there’s 2 compatible pop-techs out there: tablets & cloud. Aside from tablets, having worked in a few design firms, there’s always dreams of off-site servers, but few implement them. Even for myself, I’m interested. I’ve got a networked server at home, and I’m about to buy a new hard drive (it’s “about …

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WordPress Theming is actually Programming.. or, “Look, I’m all grown up now”

These past 2 weeks at work, I’ve learned a lot about optimization; you could say it’s been a “reality check.” Last week, I took time to check response times on websites we host on Godaddy. Taking the plain HTML+CSS times as a baseline for size, resources & speed (very fast), I started to wonder what …

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Posted in code, development, hardware, interaction design, javascript, LAMP, life-of-a-geek, limited computing, mysql, PHP, programming, Software, wordpress Comments Off

What’s Next, Steve?

I’ve suggested a few things this week to friends regarding Apple’s previous CEO. First, is that they have had a “succession plan” in place for a few years now. Second, that Jobs was much more than a CEO. People use terms like “visionary” do describe this quality, but fact of the matter, he ran Apple …

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Posted in desktop, desktop theory, Futurism, hardware, innovation, interaction design, life-of-a-geek, Mac, Microsoft Courier, mobile, Perspective, Social, Software Comments Off

Ben Bashford – Notebook of Things – DisplayCabinet

This is such a fun idea. Some people might not like the “totem” idea, saying “What if it gets lost or can’t find it?” But there are plenty of applications that use totems already, particular… children’s toys! Can you imagine a kid putting cookie monster on that circle & the latest Sesame Street clip with …

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New Tech, and How to Sell It

I did a little run-around town today.. which included purely accidental bump-ins with 3 semi-competing tablets: Nook, iPad 2 & Motorola Xoom. Had I cared, I could have also played with the Amazon Kindle. And, just for fun, I also played with a 21″ HP All-in-one and Dell’s touchscreen-netbook. The latter BOTH had Win7 Tablet. …

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Super Sized LCD Calendar?

Small whiteboards: can I do this with google-calendar?

So I’m catching up on some news/blog reading, and I see this post:┬áBefore & After: Miki’s Super Sized DIY Dry Erase Calendar | Apartment Therapy Chicago. In particular, there’s this trend of oversized calendaring going on lately, and I’m kinda game for a techy version of this: These cute, tiny, hand-scrawled whiteboards aren’t exactly google-calendar …

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Posted in design, hardware, innovation, interaction design, limited computing Tagged , , , , , , , , , 2 Comments