Here's an interesting TED talk by Malte Spitz on what kind of
data phone companies are collecting.
Malte Spitz wasn't too worried when he asked his operator in Germany to share
information stored about him. Multiple unanswered requests and a lawsuit later,
Spitz received 35,830 lines of code — a detailed, nearly minute-by-minute
account of half a year of his life.
TED Video: Malte Spitz: Your phone company is watching
Anyone who knows me should already be familiar with how I feel about touch
screens, especially in regards to typing.
Well, Michael Miller has shared an article explaining it
far better than I ever have, written by Bret Victor, a professional interface
Here's Michael's post discussing Bret's rant:
Anyone who has tried to type on a touch screen "keyboard" knows this is true.
Touch devices are wonderful but they are only part way there, the device
certainly "feels" your touch but what do you feel in return? A sheet of glass.
You can't use this device without looking at it carefully to make sure that
your fingers are keeping up with the visual metaphor being presented. Eyes and
hand must work together carefully and while touch might be less mediated and
indirect than, say, using a mouse, it still requires far more cognitive and
sensual effort than using a physical device. A physical keyboard for example
can be used, in fact it requires that it be used, without you looking at what
your fingers are doing.
"Are we really going to accept an Interface Of The Future that is less
expressive than a sandwich?"
Touch interfaces are not the destination but a way-station. In the future
touch devices will become tactile devices.
Article: A Brief Rant on the Future of Interaction Design
This comes from Charlie Chaplin's 1940 film The Great Dictator - over
six decades later it still seems unfortunately apt.
The video is 3m 38s long, or alternatively the transcript is available
in the full entry.
Youtube Video: The greatest speech ever made
On Thursday, the G1 mobile phone was finally released in the UK, and - ignoring
the sensible policy of not getting first-generation devices - I ordered mine as
soon as the website was available.
I now have my G1 and have written up my first impressions.
1-Nov-2008 15:30 added photos
Last Updated: 16-Nov-2008 22:35 added more details
This weekend Taleworlds have finally
released v1.003 of Mount & Blade,
an excellent game based primarily around mounted combat.
The game has been developed in shareware form for many years, it has a large
following of fans and numerous graphical and gameplay mods, and earlier this
year it was picked up by publishers Paradox
Interactive, through whom it is now available to buy online and in shops.
Anyone who paid for a shareware version is entitiled to this full release at
no extra cost, and as one of those I decided to write
this short review.