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Track the process, not the outcomes

master ladderI read an interesting post by John Maeda where he questions what exactly we should be practising for the 10,000 hours that Malcolm Gladwell suggests is required to master a skill. He points out that although we can understand that it takes this extended time to master a skill, often we are not sure exactly what it is that we should be practising for this time.

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Back to my future

Today I started my engine to travel along a new path. My passion for building software that solves problems was too strong to ignore and so today I join ThoughWorks to continue my quest to help the world by building better software. I’ve long been an advocate of Agile development practices, using it to improve the software development practices at…

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The path of least resistance

It’s become quite clear to me that the more I use technology, the more I just want it to work. Reliability and ease-of-use are extremely important factors for me. If I start my mail app, it must start quickly and it must immediately connect and send mail, without problems. It must also be clear and quick to write a mail…

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Are you being loyal to your customers?

I love the concept of loyalty cards. I have a wad in my wallet and I make sure I use them religiously – saving money on something you’re going to buy anyway is a no-brainer. However, it’s important for both the customer and the vendor that the mechanics of the loyalty card are carefully considered. A loyalty card implies that,…

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Getting to grips with a new system

I was lucky enough to observe on-the-job user training this passed week. The best part of it was that the parties involved didn’t know that I was observing the interaction from a UX perspective and therefore it happened very naturally on their part. It was a David Attenborough moment. The system in question was a POS system at a local…

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The challenges creating virtual representations of physical layouts

The way that Apple represents a physical space in a virtual environment is really starting to bug me more and more. With the advent of IOS 7 and the heightened ability to see apps visually next to one another in a virtual space has made the need for a rethink more urgent. Switching between apps may seem easy, but depending…

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Thank you

I took one last run through the city, One last service in the church I’d worshipped in so often. A suitable soundtrack of lofty French organ music to set the tone. I let my feet carry me along familiar paths, Taking me up, down, around and all again, Reliving the same flux of memories they brought. I passed places I’d…

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From clumsy to graceful: interfacing in the age of ubiquitous computing

Everyware: The Dawning Age of Ubiquitous Computing
Everyware: The Dawning Age of Ubiquitous Computing

I’ve recently started reading Everywhere: The Dawning of the Age of Ubiquitous Computing It’s a collection of theses posturing on the forms, interfaces, implications of an era where computing power is woven into the fabric of our everyday existence. There are some interesting theories and examples in the book and although the author doesn’t try to explain the concepts or put forward exactly how it will all work, look or fit together, it certainly makes me stop and think about these exact points.

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Buying the morning newspaper takes on a whole new meaning

I’d suggest you read this mashup from PandoDaily. Good points all round. Especially interesting that the $250m he spent is less than 1% of his net worth. Perhaps when his wife McKenzie asked him to get the morning paper, he took it too literally?

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