March 4, 2009
Floating windows are most annoying kind of internet advertisement according to Russian internet statistic agency.
- Floating windows bother 78% of internet users
- Banners bother 7.6%
- Video ads bother 3.6%
Only 3.4% of users are actually order something using advertisement links.
March 3, 2009
Following Apple’s annoucment of new MacPro machines I trying to figure out what is that new NVIDIA card that comes default with it. I was intrigued when I couldn’t find much about it and even on NVIDIA website GeForce GT 120 wasn’t mentioned. Is that some soft of exclusive product produced for Apple? Apparently not. Here is some info I could find on MagicBox Live-Tech Blog.
G100 = 9400 GT
GT120 = 9500 GT
GT130 = 9600 GSO = 8800 GS
GTS 150 = ?
I’m sure NVIDIA’s got reasons for re-branding though the website update wouldn’t harm anyone.
February 6, 2009
Googling “Vista GUI” brought an interesting result. This is a tool for UI designers. Looks scary. One needs to be really brave to try using this.
December 20, 2008
I generally ignore moderate GUI examples, but few days ago I run into something really unusual. Paid! is an accounting and invoicing database, which claims to be ” SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED FOR for Graphic Artists, Directors of Photography, etc.”
The interesting thing about this app is that it violates almost every basic rule of User Interface design. It is definitely not designed to please designer’s eye. Icons are “borrowed” from different sources such as long-dead “BeOS”, Mac OS7, etc. They are not very appealing either.
Blind titles, random use of colors and a depressingly gray background make this a good example of what not to do designing UI.
The app definitely falls short of the clean UI of similar product like Billings. The price tag is also somewhat confusing. $79.95 vs. Billings regular price of $59.99 (it is now available for $39.99)
September 30, 2008
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I came across this new Apple Youtube Channel. Very much reminds me “MySpace take one”. Is that really an official Apple’s channel or just a fake?
September 24, 2008
I have to say I’m very satisfied with Adobe presentation of new CS4. Here is few main reasons from usability standpoint:
- Adobe focused on workflow and user experience.
- They kept most of great Macromedia GUI innovations and greatly developed some of them further.
- FireWorks has become a full member of CS family.
- PDF workflow is greatly improved and has become really usable comparing to previous versions.
- Unified interfaces.
- Great improvements usability of AI and ID tools. Now there is no need to go through few windows to change opacity or gradient for instance.
- I generally like updates. Fresh wave in daily routine or interaction with the computer. :)
July 22, 2008
As of yesterday any Rogers ISP customer that types “apple” in Safari or FireFox toolbar is no longer getting to apple.com. Instead they get redirected to the following page that displays Rogers/Yahoo search results alone with commercial advertisement.
Despite obvious issues with Net Neutrality, Rogers brakes one of most usable features browsers provide that is auto completion of standard domain name extensions, such as .com or .net
Most of browsers but IE have been providing this extremely useful feature to their customers for years. I can’t even remember when i had to actually type in a domain extension. Only for international domains such as .ru, co.il, etc.
It is also interesting how Rogers implemented that. At the bottom of the page there is a link to more information. When clicked one gets an option to disable the page.
Rogers Cookie based implementation
Rogers keeps cookie on your machine that prevents the page to be shown and makes it clear that if you happen to use any internet privacy app that cleans up the cookies you will see their search page again and again.
Another interesting thing is that even when you choose not to use their “option page” you sill won’t be able to just type apple and get to their page. Instead “Page cannot be found” error displayed.
Page can't be displayed
Summarizing: If you happen to be a happy Rogers Cable customer wave goodbye to a nice URL auto completion feature in all of your browsers until Rogers makes changes on their end…