Sunday, July 18, 2010 11:02:50 AM
html/js!), very fluid and natural ui, very smooth and professional looking FLOW and ORG charts. Highly recommended.http://www.lucidchart.com/documents/demo
Text based UML diagrams (use case, activity, class). PHP + generated images. Slow. Only for simple schemes. Looks ok.http://yuml.me/diagram/scruffy/usecase/drawhttp://yuml.me/diagram/scruffy/activity/drawhttp://yuml.me/diagram/scruffy/class/draw
Text based UML sequence diagrams. Dumb, minimalistic, but efficient http://www.websequencediagrams.com/
Friday, July 16, 2010 6:18:49 AM
evolt.org has article about touch interfaces, and their implications to user experience.http://evolt.org/meatsticks
Like, you should try to ensure fingers don't block visibility for your users.
After reading evolt, somehow i decided to browse the web for some more modern interfaces:
Behold! - Scratch input:http://www.chrisharrison.net/projects/scratchinput/
Haptic pen prototype demonstration:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sk-ExWeA03Y
The pen works like traditional Wacom stylus, but is actively responding to virtual actions - ie requiring extra pressure for clicks, testers liked the sensation very much.
Since video is from 2004, and its author Johnny Chung Lee
works for Microsoft now, - i hope we can see that in commercial production in some future.
ps: there few other fun videos in his blog
Thursday, July 15, 2010 12:43:28 AM
With IE9 upcoming support for .otf fonts, web-designers should prepare themselves for future customers' demands. Gladly just a month ago, a new version of Fontographer came out. Yes, the good old Macromedia Fontographer, which is now maintained by FontLab.
Feature list, full functional demo (only 7MB !), and links to buy online (500$ is kinda harsh...):http://www.fontlab.com/font-editor/fontographer/
Works like charm, create your own custom fonts, localize or
enhance existing fonts within hours.
It really doesn’t take much to be superior to the way Illustrator handles paths, nodes, and handles.
I find that the way Fontographer works with Bezier paths and nodes is IMHO superior to Ilustrator (and FontLab) and worth the trade off.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 9:54:04 AM
Firefox co-founder Blake Ross:
Q.: Will Firefox have double-digit market share in 3 to 5 years?
A.: I’m pretty skeptical. I think the Mozilla Organization has gradually reverted back to its old ways of being too timid, passive and consensus-driven to release breakthrough products quickly.
full article, and discussion at techcrunch: http://techcrunch.com/2010/05/18/future-of-firefox/
opera mobile is also loosing market share (while gaining users in absolute numbers):http://gs.statcounter.com/#mobile_browser-ww-monthly-200907-201007
Looks like Google and MS will have a battle royale just between them.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 7:17:45 AM
looks almost nice, but take a peek at the bottom of the page:
Poor greedy guy.
ps: if that system would have been combined with clickcha
principle, it would be more humane, more usable and overall better for the web.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 7:14:50 AM
Laggy youtube cadbury commercial
with round shape of the video player. Yes, its actualy round, circle-shaped and it would be fun, as much as Wario Destruction at youtube.fr, but its LAGGGGGGS
like hell, thanx to new caching/preloading behaviour of youtube.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 12:34:38 PM
While Robert Miller from Skype claims that:
Fring’s mis-use of Skype software was damaging to our brand and reputation
by misusing provided API.
Users deny this accusation:
The only thing damaging Skype's brand is the outrageously slow update speed of its own software.
I really don't care what happened, all I know is that as of now there is no viable way to use Skype on my non-verizon Android devices.
Skype is simply damaging its brand by itself.
pointing out that Fring was the only working Android client for Skype, and complaining about slow rate of development Skype shows in recent years - very limited iPhoneOS Skype being a good example for that.
Sidenote: we have heard that many operators plan to charge skype-to-mobile and skype-to-skype calls per minute, which will probably mean the death to the service. And i realy hope it wont happen.. But - Company offers service for free, company gets lots of users, company needs money, company tries advertisements, ads fail to deliver, company is trying to force users to buy something that was initially free, users leave for competing service, company dies. Been there, seen it many times
Monday, July 12, 2010 11:07:19 PM
SPAN tag is too long and should be renamed to 1 char word,
like C or anonymous tag <></>.
Rationale for rename:
1) <span> is 4 characters long (8 if you count closing tag
as well), which is more than <div>, <tr>, <td>, <ul>,
<ol>, <li>, <a> and <b>.
2) <span> is used very frequently in complex layouts
3) <span> is often used with class, so its length
is even longer <span class="author"></span>
4) <p>, <b> and <a> are perfect examples how short tags
for frequent tasks are benefiting the web.
Rationale for new tag name - <c>:
1) Its one character.
2) It does not overlap with deprecated tag (like <s>,
which is out of contest for this reason)
3) It is located at very known spot on the keyboard.
(Everyone knows Ctrl+C)
4) It can be mnemonised as "C"HARACTER, "C"UT, "C"PAN,
t - text
w - word
x - ?, familiar location
z - "Z"PAN, familiar location
f - "F"ONT, ^_^
<> - anonimous tag, though we will see problems
with parsing <class="lol"></> elements and alike.
ps: somehow i cant disable html formatting in the post other than just posting everything wrapped in CODE bb-blocks ...
Tuesday, July 6, 2010 4:40:22 AM
Why Outsource to Ukraine?
As many people have already noticed, Ukraine has become one of the most attractive outsourcing locations not only in the Europe, but in the whole world. With huge population of 45 million, and legacy of Soviet science, the country has fast-growing software development industry. Still low salaries and relatively high skills of Ukrainian programmers attract Western entrepreneurs.
CryTec, UbiSoft, Google - big companies are opening their offices in Kiev.
oDesk, a leading online freelance platform reports that Ukraine is among top-7 World outsourcing countries ( http://www.odesk.com/community/oconomy/outsourcing_ukraine
).How and why is it possible ?
Ukraine is different from countries like India, China or Brazil - that knowledge is not only well honored, but also wide-spread here. 98% literacy rate, more than 900 universities and colleges, over 85% of high school graduates proceed to higher education! And of those, impressive 35%
choose information technology related disciplines. ms.
The estimated number of students that graduate each year with certificates in IT disciplines is more than 3,000 and is growing year by year. Ukrainians won numerous prize places in the world mathematical and programming contests for students and schools.
Ukraine is bilingual-country, and because of tricky geopolitics it is now becoming somewhat trilingual - so people there speak English, Russian and Ukrainian. Thus providing very serious competition to countries with lesser level of globalization readiness.