Thursday, August 28, 2008

Snow Leopard

One project that Exbiblio has helped fund does some very good work using well-thought-out levers designed to help both snow leopards and the local human population.

They could really use some publicity in the context of the forthcoming OS X release.

Waiting at the Bus Stop

A wonderful sense of life.

Monday, August 04, 2008

HP TouchSmart

I saw the HP TouchSmart yesterday and tried it out very briefly. As with Windows CE, I got an immediate sense that there's a huge mismatch between the I/O device and the UI, i.e., that a much better UI could be made given the possibilities of the input and output capabilities of the hardware.
I don't know whether the screen supports multi-touch (sensing multiple fingers at the same time), but, I didn't have time to ponder where in a Windows UI I might find something to test on.
Still, you can passably tap buttons, except even there, I tried to hit the close 'X' button at the top right corner of the screen, and, well, I couldn't. The bezel around the screen juts out at a 90 degree angle 1 or 2 millimeters beyond the last pixel, and it's a massive 1/2" or so high, so fingers can't go there. Back to the drawing board.
Still, HP makes some wonderful video ads.

Saturday, August 02, 2008


PolarisMotor in Italy has some very fun-looking vehicles.

Thanks to Q for the link.