Architecting the human interface
Remember the flashy website backgrounds of the 90s? Everyone had them. They didn't make the website look any better, they made it harder to read and distracting, but everyone still added them to their website simply because everyone was doing it. Most website today use the flat design, including this one, kind of. Maybe some one did the research and found it to be more pleasing to the eyes. But I don't know that, I did it because I thought it was cool.
While waiting in line, there was a man that decided to grab everyone's attention. He tried to cause trouble where there was none, started yelling at people. Few minutes later, a gentle giant of a security guard came in to escort him outside. There was no fuss, he followed the man.
In the past I have talked about how Google can predict your thoughts through context time travel. It was a neat little trick and pretty effective. But despite being accurate it did involve some guessing on the part of Google, it was like making an informed guess based on what it already knows about us the users. One thing I failed to mention was how Google gathered information about us in the first place.
If you've used WordPress, then you know that it has a nice little folder called upload where all the pictures and videos you upload get stored. This is all fine and dandy, until people start accessing those assets.
One day I found a snippet of code online that would randomly open the CD tray on my computer. When I opened the VBScript file, I was amazed how few lines of coded were needed to do this. I quickly grew interest to be the author of my own fun little programs. When I discovered programming I figured that with enough time, I could make the computer do whatever I wanted. I fell in love instantly. However, time has taught me that love is not what you feel when everything is alright. Love is surviving in the harshest of conditions. And surely, my love for programming has been tested when someone other then I, started using my little programs.
When was the last time you needed to buy a new PC? Two years ago? Three years ago? The last PC I built was in 2009. I had to upgrade because I pushed the previous one I built to the limit and that was in 2004. A 2009 desktop is old in computer years, but not so much in processing power. It maybe true that there are a zillion new processors out in the market and their benchmark show exponential improvement. But to me benchmarking is just a marketing gimmick. PC sales are plunging but they are the wrong indicator to determine the advancement of the technology. The reason we are not buying PCs anymore is because those we have are already pretty amazing.
Ubuntu is one of my favorite OS. It is very user friendly, perfect for surfing the web, for music, for movies and even gaming. At the same time you have all the power of Linux behind it so I can use it for working on my projects. Recently, I bought a new laptop and unfortunately I found myself returning it because it was a just a giant hardware dongle.
Tip of the day
Every little corner has a story. Sometimes a camera tells the story and a picture is worth a thousand words.
There are professional photographers and then there is me who happens to have a camera on my phone. Here's to what came out.