Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Not all plastics are created equal.

This has been something I've had an issues with for some time, and Rui sums it up nicely in his analysis of Nokia's UI problems:
No, my first thought was ā€œ800 Euro for this cheap greenish plastic?ā€

The thing looked like it was made in China (in the dodgy sense, since some of them actually are these days), and, worse of all, felt like it too. And Iā€™m not talking about pre-production samples (I handle plenty of those, and am used to unfinished plastics) ā€“ I was handling a commercial device.

Time was when I could go into Carphone Whorehouse and play with the dummy phones secure in the knowledge that the real things felt better - higher quality plastics, better fit and finish, more positive key action - generally all round more like something you'd want to pay money for and actually use on a daily basis. This, however, is no longer a given. In the case of the N95 I've even had salespeople tell me "yes, the real thing feels like crap too".

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Save is Broken

I'm planning on writing more about this very soon. This is only half of the story:
Once a user understands what a file is, there are still some hurdles to overcome. One of the biggest is the concept of "saving." In general, saving means "write the current document state to disk." Somewhat counter-intuitively, saving is typically a destructive operation; when you save, you are usually overwriting the previous version.

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Monday, July 23, 2007

Broken Ad Placing

Of 15 Unfortunately Placed Ads, this is probably the worst, depending upon your outlook.

unfortunate Mail&Guardian image

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