Posts tagged “design”

Blackberry Pearl Keyboard Lock

I’ve had a Blackberry Pearl for a few months now and, in general, I love it. It’s a great phone. I love that I can check scores on ESPN and use Google maps and — as a surprise bonus — I can send and receive phone calls and text messages. Here’s what bugs me: The

SpaceKits has an interesting way of keeping their costs low. They do it “through mass production, and by putting the extensive assembly instructions and fact sheets … online, rather than mailing them to you.” I think that’s a great idea. That way if they want to revise some part of the instructions, or add schematics

eMail Messaging

Update 2016-03-18 — Boy, was I wrong about this one. In my defense, though, it was pretty awful to read email on your phone in the year 2001. “It’s the interface, stupid!” I got in a discussion recently about text messaging on mobile phones. I don’t understand why so much money is being pumped into

Feng Shui

I’d like to tell you how cool is. But I can’t. Because instead of a useful resource on Feng Shui or anything worth visiting, there’s nothing at the site except some mindless doodles. How. Annoying. You’re much better served by a visit to Lillian Too if you want to learn about Feng Shui.


Anti-Mac – By exploring alternative interfaces that transcend the principles behind conventional graphical interfaces, a human-computer interface emerges that is based on language, a richer representation of objects, expert users, and shared control.

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A few years ago I was trying to determine what cocktails I could make with the alcohol I had at home. I searched the App Store but couldn't find an app that would let me do that, so I built one.


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