Google+

Google+

Jul 10, 2011

So far I’m enjoying Google+ as a new place online where the early adopter tech crowd is active. For me, it’s a bit like the early days of Twitter with more varied types of content since there’s no 140 character count constraint. Instead, there’s a mix of links, videos, personal updates, and overall, a high […]

On Creativity

Jun 26, 2011

Even more so than inspiration, creativity requires dedication.

Instapaper 3.0

Instapaper 3.0

Mar 10, 2011

Instapaper 3.0 for iPhone and iPad is now available in the App Store and the Instapaper website has been updated to include many of the new features as well. The biggest new features in 3.0 is that stars are now likes and you can browse likes from friends connected through Facebook, Twitter or your email contacts. You […]

Photojojo iPhone Lenses

Photojojo iPhone Lenses

Mar 10, 2011

Excited to try these Photojojo iPhone lenses that arrived today, including the telephoto, fisheye, the two-lenses-in-one combo macro and wide angle, and a bonus dino.

Mac App Store Launches

Mac App Store Launches

Jan 6, 2011

Apple launches the Mac App Store. The store comes as part of the OSX update to 10.6.6.  I’m on vacation for a few days and the OS update took a crazy 3 hours over hotel wifi, but I suspect at home in SF, it would’ve only taken about 20 minutes.  The app store is another standalone […]

Find My iPhone/iPad

Find My iPhone/iPad

Dec 24, 2010

Plugged my iPhone into sync and got a message to signup for free “find my iPhone” feature in MobileMe. The find feature for iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch lets users find the missing device remotely by tracking the location of the device. You can then remote lock it, wipe the data if it’s been stolen, send messages to […]

Loving Instagram

Loving Instagram

Nov 8, 2010

I didn’t think I needed another iPhone photo app, but turns out I did. Instagr.am mimics other mobile photo-sharing apps, but it’s captured the appeal that comes from extreme minimalism. While you can use it to cross-post to other sites (Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, Tumblr, Foursquare), the web-side is pared down to just the photo page. […]

ThinkUp: Social Media Insights Engine

ThinkUp: Social Media Insights Engine

Sep 27, 2010

Since Feb 2007, I’ve been playing with different methods of importing my social network activity and data into my own database and site. I first used a plugin to import data into my then Expression Engine blog. Later when I switched to WordPress, I used variations of the Lifestream plugin and then eventually the Twitter […]

Twitter for iPad

Twitter for iPad

Sep 1, 2010

Just downloaded the first version of Twitter for iPad (iTunes link) and trying it out. On first glance, love the clean, properly-sized UI. Try pinch/zoom on a tweet to see more info. Pinch again to close. Swipe down with two fingers to see a thread. The “write a tweet” view overlaps a bit much for my […]

Urban Forest Map

Urban Forest Map

Aug 27, 2010

I was still curious after taking this photo of the trees on 24th Street at Bryant earlier today. How could I identify these trees?  I did several searches on variations of “trees on 24th street mission san francisco” which brought up some great local links, including SFTrees and a good list of trees in the Mission […]

Internet consumption trends

Aug 15, 2010

Steve Rubel has an interesting article in AdAge, although I would argue that innovation, simplicity and utility have always been dominant trends even with PC internet browsing. I do think that the scale in which we consume has rapidly changed and the “always on” generation views content and connectivity as ubiquitous. Technology is just catching […]

More Typefaces Coming to the Web

May 9, 2010

After designing for the web for over 15 years, it’s exciting to see more typefaces finally becoming available for the web beyond the original 7-10 web fonts, or image replacement with JS/Flash. For a quick background on how web fonts have evolved, see the excerpt below from FontFeed from November 18, 2009. The August 2007 […]

Real-time Attribution

Oct 27, 2009

I was working on a blog post tonight and wanted to attribute a person as the source. Normally, I would just link their name to their site/blog if they had one, which would then alert them by email if they had a Google search alert on their name or URL, or it would show up […]

10/GUI Concept

Oct 13, 2009

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/6712657[/vimeo] 10/GUI is an interesting take on a possible multi-touch system by R. Clayton Miller.  The concept re-imagines the desktop UI by proposing a multi-touch system that doesn’t rely on the screen, but adapts a multi-touch replacement for a keyboard. I like the idea, except I’m not convinced the proposed linear model of “stitching” windows […]

The Browsable Grid

The Browsable Grid

Sep 16, 2009

Several sites, including my own PicoCool, are taking advantage of the grid view as a fast way for users to browse content. Designers have been relying on the grid for generations as a layout technique. Lots of data-driven sites (eg. product comparisons or search results), web 2.0 services and blogs let users toggle their view […]

Helveticize Your Web

Helveticize Your Web

Sep 14, 2009

It’s been fun to see new scripts and themes developed to “Helveticize” the web, starting with Google Reader, then Google Calendar, Gmail, and now Twitter.  If you’re a Helvetica lover, you’re in luck.  Get rid of multiple fonts and cluttered interfaces and give your apps a minimalist makeover.  It is just a visual makeover, though, […]

Google Updates Search Box

Google Updates Search Box

Sep 11, 2009

Google‘s home page is well-known for its minimalist approach, and the search box itself has had minor adjustments over the past decade. Yesterday, they increased the size of the search box and the font sizes for text input and auto-suggestions. It’s an incremental but good change given increasingly high-resolution monitors, as well as longer search […]

iTunes 9.0 App Management

iTunes 9.0 App Management

Sep 10, 2009

Finally! The new iTunes 9.0 has an app manager. It’s fairly easy to use but as Steve Rhodes pointed out on my Flickr page, “it is a pain if you want to move several apps from one of the first pages to one of the last pages, but it is much better than doing it […]

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