links for 2010-04-06

  • f you strive to be a great designer (like most), then you’re more than likely to know that a web application or websites success many times rely solely on how well designed the User Interface may be. As you scale the web and even read books, there can be an influx of misleading information pertaining to the way you should design your UI.

    When in reality you should do what works best for you and your users. Below you will find a variety of excellent User Interface resources that will allow you to access, redefine, and create a well designed User Interface. You should use these resources first as inspiration, and second as somewhat of a guide as to what your users may need when they come face to face with your UI.

  • How to make engineers write concisely with sentences? By combining journalism with the technical report format. In a newspaper article, the paragraphs are ordered by importance, so that the reader can stop reading the article at whatever point they lose interest, knowing that the part they have read was more important than the part left unread.

    State your message in one sentence. That is your title. Write one paragraph justifying the message. That is your abstract. Circle each phrase in the abstract that needs clarification or more context. Write a paragraph or two for each such phrase. That is the body of your report. Identify each sentence in the body that needs clarification and write a paragraph or two in the appendix. Include your contact information for readers who require further detail.

  • Wie herinnert zich de tijd dat het internet nog traag was, nog al piepend uit de modem kwam? Tijdens het laden van de pagina kon je nog een koffie gaan drinken en downloaden van 2MB duurde een half uur. Moeilijk te geloven als we kijken naar de ontwikkelingen van vandaag.

    Onze gastspreker, professor Verbaeten, neemt u graag mee langs enkele mijlpalen in de geschiedenis van het internet in België. Achteraf nodigt Ulyssis u uit voor een kleine receptie.

  • Obviously this isn't the way the web has worked for the last 16 years since robots.txt was introduced, but my lawyer advised me that it had never been tested in court, and the legal costs alone of being a test case would bankrupt me. With that in mind, I spent the next few weeks negotiating a final agreement with their attorney. They were quite accommodating on the details, such as allowing my blog post to remain up, and initially I was hopeful that they were interested in a supervised release of the data set with privacy safeguards. Unfortunately it became clear towards the end that they wanted the whole set destroyed. That meant I had to persuade the other startups I'd shared samples with to remove their copies, but finally in mid-March I was able to sign the final agreement.
  • A LONG-TIME colleague moving to Brussels later this year asked if I had any suggestions on EU reading. I put together a list of my daily reading as well as a slightly random list of books that proved useful to me. On the off-chance that it might be of wider interest, here it is. I am sure I have forgotten many good things, so more than welcome readers' suggestions.
  • Kouwe once wrote, in an email quoted by Teri Buhl:

    Things move so quickly on the Web that citing who had it first is something that is likely going away, especially in the age of blogs.

    Anybody who can or would write such a thing has no place working on a blog. If it’s clear who had a story first, then the move into the age of blogs has made it much easier to cite who had it first: blogs and bloggers should be much more generous with their hat-tips and hyperlinks than any print reporter can be.

    The problem, here, is that the bloggers at places like the NYT and the WSJ are print reporters, and aren’t really bloggers at heart. I discovered this a couple of weeks ago, after I posted a long and detailed blog entry on the court case between JP Morgan and Mexico’s Cablevisión.

  • When you’re looking for people on Twitter, there are four basic factors that you can search;

    Name, Profile, Location and Tweets


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