Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I have to admit this is pretty cool from a couple of standpoints. First, an easy Menu API is something Jetpack has needed from the beginning, and this API strikes me as 100% spot-on: logical, intuitive, powerful. Secondly, Pixlr itself is just kick-ass. (That's my nomination for understatement of the year.) And the measly 14 lines of integration code needed to get Pixlr operating on a web image from a right-mouse menu command is (dare I say) one of the nicer parlor tricks I've seen this year. In The Year of the Parlor Trick, that's saying something.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
About 15 minutes into this video, there's an interesting 3D visualization of a running Hadoop job, showing processor nodes as cubes in a spinning pyramid: green nodes are working normally; a node turns black and falls down to the bottom, signalling a failed job on that processor. I thought it was an interesting visualization. But I also found the presentation interesting overall, since I studied molecular biology in grad school and have an interest in bioinformatics. Beyond that, I have an interest, lately, in all things related to scalability. (Let that be a hint of things to come in future blog posts!)
Thursday, November 19, 2009
The killer UI experience here is:
- Highlight an arbitrary piece of content on a Web page. (Select some text in your browser window.)
- Let go of the mouse.
- A panel appears automagically, containing contextually appropriate webfinds.
This ought to give anyone in the Search business an awful lot to think about.
Monday, November 16, 2009
I was surfing Vegard Sandvold's excellent blog, reading his 3 Quick Design Patterns for Better Faceted Search (well worth a look if you're in the business of designing or implementing web apps of any kind), when I came across the above slideshow. I found it thought-provoking. We're all, in one sense or another, in the persuasion business. The best ideas are always actionable. Why not make it easy for people to act?