Infographic depicting smart and “dumb” mobile phone numbers on the African continent. Data from Informa Telecoms & Media.
This is a little something about Microsoft’s 2012 through 2014 platform plan. As always Microsoft and I are equally unreliable.
Win8 + WinStore beta
Tango2 launch + Apollo announce
Kinect commercial SDK
thank you for this blog.
I’ve been working on and off for many months on a video to explain Mozilla to the uninitiated. The home for the video is now on the Get Involved page of the mozilla.org site, and I’m excited that it will be part of a process for getting people excited about pitching in at Mozilla. You can watch it below: mega hats off to Rainer Cvillink, Mozilla’s in-house video wizard, for all the great camera work, and to Jenn Strom for editing and motion grapnics.
This is genuinely Microsoft’s idea of a “streamlined”, “optimized” UI for Windows Explorer. They were so proud of it they wrote a blog post about it.
The post is a sort of masterpiece of crazy rationalization, but I think my favourite part may be this screenshot:
Here, they proudly overlay the UI with data from their research into how often various commands are used. They use this to show that “the commands that make up 84% of what users do in Explorer are now in one tab”. But the more important thing is that the remaining 50% of the bar is taken up by buttons that nobody will ever use, ever, even according to Microsoft’s own research. And yet somehow they remain smack bang in the middle of the interface. The insanity is further enriched by this graph:
Again, this is Microsoft’s own research, cited in the same post: nobody — almost literally 0% of users — uses the menu bar, and only 10% of users use the command bar. Nearly everybody is using the context menu or hotkeys. So the solution, obviously, is to make both the menu bar and the command bar bigger and more prominent. Right?
Microsoft UI has officially entered the realm of self-parody.
Spoctopus done by Daniel Limon
We love what our colleagues are doing with Newsweek Archivist (nwkarchivist.tumblr.com). Every post is a time machine. We only wish they’d post more about France. DeGaulle anyone? Brigitte Bardot? We’re sure there are dozens of covers. Maybe hundreds. Which would you like to see?
July 16, 1973
First in our Swingin’ Seventies series. Can you imagine conceiving of, let alone green-lighting this today? Newsweek brimming w/ confidence and feeling their oats. What were these “games”? Dive in…