Tag Archives: web

It’s never the end of history

Remember when we thought the web was stuck in a rut, with IE, Flash preroll, fixed-width layouts, and endless browser incompatibilities? Continue reading

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Link: Transitioning To a Mobile Centric World (Bill Gurley)

http://abovethecrowd.com/2013/07/17/transitioning-to-a-mobile-centric-world/ This article argues that the verdict is in, and users want apps, not mobile web sites.  My friend and colleague Michael Roberts (who, I suspect, is neutral in the debate) shared this link on Google+, and – as if … Continue reading

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Teachers, students, and online behaviour

This passage recently appeared in a CBC story entitled “Ont. teachers advised not to tweet with students“: The Ontario College of Teachers says teachers should avoid connecting with their students on Facebook or Twitter. They are also told to avoid … Continue reading

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The zero-home experiment

Yesterday a new web series launched, Sweet Tarts Takeaway. I helped to set up its web site. Too many clicks After making one mockup of the home page, we realized that it would take three clicks for a user simply … Continue reading

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Is fluid layout old-fashioned?

No one would mistake me for a graphic designer — I believe that no merely visual design can match the breathtaking beauty of a properly-normalized database schema — but still, I recently found myself helping someone design a simple theme … Continue reading

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Coming soon … something sweet

My sweetie has been leading a group of talented Ottawa-area actors and crew members to create a new web series, Sweet Tarts Takeaway. I’ll post again when the web series goes live in a couple of months. In the meantime, … Continue reading

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Mobile users want fresh data

Summary: Mobile web users’ needs differ by more than UI features (small touch screen): they may check information more often, and expect it to be fresher. Last night, I finally got around to installing Google Analytics on ourairports.mobi, the mobile … Continue reading

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Evil or misunderstood? Google and net neutrality

So what happened last week? ┬áDid Google backtrack after getting caught trying to be evil about net neutrality and the mobile internet, or were they a victim of a misunderstanding (gleefully amplified by blood-thirsty Apple and RIM supporters)? Net neutrality … Continue reading

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The past, future, and present of mobile apps

Now that I’ve had a few weeks to play with my Nexus One, I’m starting to grok the gut-level experience of living with a smart phone. I understand why people download apps, how it feels to have the Internet with … Continue reading

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The thing about creativity …

I left this comment on Simon St-Laurent’s interesting and thoughtful post How dare Apple … (which, in turn, was partly a response to Tim Bray’s post Nothing Creative). I don’t believe that most things, including the iPad, are obviously right … Continue reading

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