Category Archives: usability

toolbox: breve for xml generation in python

Every once in a while, I head over the cheeseshop and just scroll down. It’s really nice to see so many cool things. Today, I caught Breve, which is evidently inspired by Stan. The guy that wrote it wrote a Turbogears plugin to support stan, and seems very familiar with it, which drove him to […]

annoyances: laptop power button, and windows updates

Some quick venting about user interface issues: I hate how I never know what the power button will do. When I open my laptop, I expect the screen to come on. Sometimes it does, and sometimes it doesn’t. When it doesn’t, I guess I’m supposed to hit the power switch, to get it to “wake […]

idea: three ways to improve amazon

Quick Summary (in order of importance) Adopt openID Opaque Attention Data Subscribe to users’ events’s site is fantastic. I get great recommendations, and I’ve started buying more and more stuff from them. However, there are a couple of things I’d like to see from them, technologically. OpenID Provider OpenID should be supported everywhere. There’s […]

idea: todo: semantic web date selector

Web Page as an API Have you ever heard the expression “your web page is your api” and wondered what it means? A web page is a document. A web page that belongs to you documents the things you’d like to say. In other words, it’s a platform for you to declare your likes and […]

idea: flight pickers should mashup with calendars

Date Selectors too Hard to Use I don’t know about most people, but I don’t fly without a reason. The reasons I fly are usually closely related to events that are often published. For example, lots of people travel on holidays. Other times, people plan for trips using tools like calendars. However, when I’m telling […]

idea: todo: publish to __ plugin

A plugin or bookmarklet or greasemonkey script that takes the highlighted text and creates a blog entry for you (hAtom formatted, of course). It can automatically save it as a draft, not necessarily actually publish. It also facilitates editing your post while browsing. Does flock do this? A google notebook type of interface would be […]

Lunch With Doug Engelbart

My rss2hp.xsl won me a lunch with Doug Engelbart. I tend to get really excited when presented with an opportunity to hobnob with people I label “seminal thinkers.” Seminal thinkers produce fundamental work that allow others to excel. Because of the fundamental work they do, often entire industries spring up surrounding their work. Today, because […]

Usability and Hosting Providers

I’m currently searching for a hosting provider. I have some hosting already in disparate places, so I’m in the market for a dedicated or semi-dedicated host. It should be my centralized computing home. However, I’m having a hard time, and am filled with dread at the prospect of a longer search. I’m currently waiting for […]

idea: todo: wikipedia to hyperscope

Wikipedia has a regular document structure. In fact, one of the benefits of wikis is that it allows users to focus more and content, and less on style. Therefore many wikis have a regular emergent document structure that can be more or less predictably parsed… anyone up for an expert interface to wikipedia???

todo: idea: hyperscope + microformats

See Hyperscope. Think microformats, and XOXO powered in addition to OPML-based. Also envision tiddly-wiki, instant in place editing ala mimulus and deductive interfaces… maps, calendars, outlines on demand. Compare arbitrary lists you find on the web. Join hyperscope mailing list. Use orchard’s xslt to make a xoxo2opml if not already done. hyperscope discussion of […]