Transparency: Benefits and Best Practices | UX Booth. This is a great bunch of best practice examples of personalising websites by making the authors visible, and so rendering the company they represent more human.
via Boagworld podcast. The same podcast has a good feature on Google Analytics.
Peter Backus Uses Math to Explain Girlfriend Woes. Silly, but funny in a geeky way.
This guy in the UK used Drake’s Equation to work out the likelyhood of getting a girlfriend in the UK. Drake’s Equation is to calculate the likelyhood of finding life on another planet.
He found that there were 26 suitable girlfriends in the UK.
1. it turns out he already has a girlfriend. So not a bad way of saying ‘I love you’ with maths. =)
2. I guess this might prove the existence of life on another planet. lol
I heard this on BuzzOutLoud.
RDF TV – Baloney Detection Kit – Michael Shermer
Some useful questions to ask from a science, atheist perspective. Quite a bit about climate change here too.
Ommwriter is a zen writing tool. It turns off everything on you Mac that might distract you from writing, and gives you a calm space to focus your thoughts. Watch the video, then download Ommwriter.
A great post from Jakob Nielsen. I can particularly relate to this bit:
0.1 second is the response time limit if you want users to feel like their actions are directly causing something to happen on the screen. For example, if you click on an expandable menu and see the expanded version in less than 0.1 seconds, then it feels as if you made the menu open up. If it takes longer than 0.1 seconds for the revised state to appear, then the response doesn’t feel “instantaneous” — instead, it feels as if the computer is doing something to make the menu open.
I know how that feels: I’ve played online games with a latency of half a second, which is painful.
Just found a great free desktop graphics site (I was bored). It’s great. DesktopNexus
You can even filter by screen resolution to find the best quality pics for your monitor size.
I also found what I reckon is the best visualiser for iTunes. It’s not free, but the demo is. The demo has ugly ‘reminders to buy’. But it’s so good that I bought it. Click for G-Force
I also quite like another visualiser from the same people. Click for Whitecap
This looks awesome. I’d love to hear more about how people have used it.
If you need to know the time somewhere else, this is a really nice online app. I’ve been using World Clock until now (which is good). But this is really nice. I think I’ll be using this from now on.