Steven Den Beste has an explanation of cell phone technologies with damning evidence against GSM.
Stewart Alsop writes an advocacy of CDMA as an eventual worldwide success.
Meanwhile, AT&T just introduced GSM in the U.S., calling it “is beefing up their mMode service.”
Is my next phone obsolete before I even buy it?
Brian, 12:34 p.m. “Why Charley?”
David, 1:29 p.m. “It’s in honor of the Charlotte Inn, where we got engaged (and from where we returned to find out he’d been born). I wouldn’t let Amy name a male dog Charlotte, so Charley it is.”
Brian, 2:01 p.m. “Charley was also the name of the dog in ‘The Final Countdown,’ not the song, but the movie where the aircraft carrier goes back in time to Pearl Harbor. Kirk Douglas, Martin Sheen and Charles Durning.”
David’s brain, 2:49 p.m. “DUH-duh-DEH-dah, duh-duh-DUH-dah-duh-dah-DEH….”
Chez Daniel by Rosecrans Baldwin in The Morning News. “Itâs like going to a bachelor party where one of the guys drinking with you is a member of Sonic Youth, and he mentions, over your third or fourth beer, that heâs read your Web site, and actually liked it. Well, okay. Yes: Heâs a dude, like any dude at the bachelor party, and he even skips out on the karaoke part. But heâs in Sonic Youth.”
AOL is eliminating third-party pop-up ads, ostensibly because their users don’t like them. So how come they’re still using pop-ups for their own internal services?
Also fun in this press release is AOL CEO Jonathan Miller’s use of the term “member experience” rather than “user experience.”
Good interview with Google’s product manager by Mark Hurst on Good Experience. “All of us on the UI team think the value of Google is in not being cluttered, in offering a great user experience. I like to say that Google should be ‘what you want, when you want it.’ As opposed to ‘everything you could ever want, even when you don’t.'”
Making a Timeless User Experience in Digital Web magazine. “One has to think in all directions to properly define smart user-centric design, then, apply those decisions in a timeless fashion.”
Please please please buy something.
Via a Metafilter discussion came this fantastic list of Dad’s responses to Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes comics. I also found a second quote list via Google. I miss Calvin and Hobbes.
C: How do they know the load limit on bridges, Dad?
D: They drive bigger and bigger trucks over the bridge until it breaks. Then they weigh the last truck and rebuild the bridge.
I got promoted today—I’m now Web Design Director for The Economist Group along with my duties for Economist.com. Good stuff.
Wired redesigns using XML and standard code. Nice.
Metaphors make for poor debate. Good points all the way through. I will start to eliminate them from my arguments. Right after my next Digital Web column is published.
Hart Island in The Morning News. “Most people never think about it, but New York is an archipelago; outside of the Bronx, the cityâs 8 million people live on a collection of 50 islands.”
And of course, one more plug for my moving sale.