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October 18, 2007

Top 100 User Centred blogs

As the links says... Go read.

And for the lazy among you, here's the Top 10.

  1. Signal vs. Noise
  2. 456 Berea Street
  3. ./with Imagination
  4. Functioning Form
  5. This is Broken
  6. Adaptive Path
  7. Boxes and Arrows
  8. A List Apart
  9. UX Matters
  10. UX Magazine

October 10, 2007


Jaiku have been bought by Google which somehow lead me to this fascinating presentation by Jaiku founder Jyri Engeström about social peripheral vision.

The idea is that your address book on your mobile should be acting more like a cross between your instant messenger buddy list and your twitter page, allowing you to have a kind of "peripheral vision" of all your contacts and what they're up to, and consequently you might choose to contact them at different times or in different ways.

This seems like a very interesting  kind of ambient data.

Finally here's a quote:

To summarize. What I want to suggest is that unlike some handset manufacturers, mobile operators, and software companies want us to believe, Mobile 2.0 is not about streaming video, high-resolution displays, and music players that try to mimic the iPod. Instead, Mobile 2.0 is about enabling social peripheral vision. This is the next frontier for mobile developers, and it is where I believe the real advances in human mobile communication will happen in the next couple of years.

I totally agree. I'm far more interested in innovation around communication than I am in innovation around content.

October 03, 2007

Why Don't You?

Tv Blog Nation has an interesting round up of stuff  going on in the world of internet TV.

I've tried Joost and similarly found that although the interface was lovely the content was well below par and considering my opinion of most of the "quality" content on normal TV that's really saying something.

If you're after real quality programming from the web you need look no further than shashing telly ;-)

Adobe Media Player

Amp_3 Adobe have a pre-release of their Adobe Media Player software available for download.



Here's the official word on the product from Adobe Labs:

Adobe is driving the next generation of internet video delivery with the Adobe Media Player (AMP), Flash® Media Server software, content protection technologies, and a broad and powerful ecosystem of partners providing key solutions from content creation through delivery and monetization. AMP brings the best of both the broadcast television and web video worlds to your desktop—providing high-quality content both online and offline, with a wide range of business model possibilities.

Also, its built using Adobe AIR, Adobe's cross OS runtime for building and deploying RIAs to the desktop.

After downloading I took it for a spin and noted a couple of thoughts on the UI and functionality from a customer experience point of view:

Good times :)

  1. Strong visual layout that was simple to navigate within a couple of minutes of clicking about. Look and feel is understated and not fussy or complicated which is a good thing.
  2. Catalog was where I headed first. I like the tag cloud for searching content by genre.
  3. Labeling of the links in the l/h navigation are easy to understand, My New Episodes, My Favorite Shows, etc.

Bad times :(

  1. I couldn't search the Catalog using a keyword search.
  2. I couldn't  open video files other than FLV. Other file types should be considered, perhaps, otherwise it does become limiting factor.
  3. If I had content, is there anyway of submitting it to the Catalog?

Obviously this is a way early release with debugging and tweaks to make along the way. Looking forward to the next version.

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