thinking about the new MacBook

I’ve been using my new MacBook for awhile now, and there’s one thing that completely annoys me: the trackpad.  I’ve spent quite a lot of time messing about with the preferences, and I still find myself having difficulty using it.  The problem is in fine movement.  If I care about just nudging the cursor a…


book review – ‘Subject to Change: Creating Great Products and Services for an Uncertain World: Adaptive Path on Design’

Book title: Subject to Change: Creating Great Products & Services for an Uncertain World: Adaptive Path on Design Authors: Peter Merholz, Brandon Schauer, David Verba, Todd Wilkens ISBN: 0596516835 I was disappointed when I got my pre-order of this book. At a scant 160 pages, I was skeptical that it could offer very much insight….


Q&A: Which Tufte book to start with?

This question came in via email, regarding my Tufte seminar review post: Thanks so much for your review of the Tufte seminar. I was about ready to plunk down the money but first did a search. I don’t currently have any of his books, but I’d rather learn through the books if the seminars are…


book review – ‘The Inmates Are Running the Asylum’

Book title: The Inmates Are Running the Asylum: Why High-Tech Products Drive Us Crazy and How to Restore the Sanity Author: Alan Cooper ISBN: 0672326140 Cooper’s argument in this book is simple: you have to know your users, and you have to understand what they’re trying to accomplish with your software. The method that he…


product review – iFrog one-handed keyboard

On March 8th, I had surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff and labrum in my right shoulder. I’m right-handed, and now I’m mostly without the use of my right arm until physical therapy can return me to using my dominant arm. To help maintain my sanity, not to mention keeping me from incurring further…


book review – ‘Apple Confidential 2.0: The Definitive History of the World’s Most Colourful Company’

Book title: Apple Confidential 2.0: The Definitive History of the World’s Most Colourful Company Author: Owen W. Linzmayer ISBN: 1593270100 After reading the insufferable iWoz, I wanted a book about the early days of Apple that didn’t suck. A friend gave me Apple Confidential 2.0 for my birthday, and it was just what the doctor…


book review – ‘iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon’

Book title: iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon Author: Steve Wozniak ISBN: 0393061434 I really wanted to like this book. Woz is a geek icon, after all, and the early stories of his life and inventions are the stuff of legend. They had to be better coming straight from the horse’s mouth, right? The…


book review – ‘A Pattern Language for Web Usability’

Book title: A Pattern Language for Web Usability Author: Ian Graham ISBN: 0201788888 The title of this book is promising. However, the promise does not hold. The author clearly does not understand patterns or a pattern language. The so-called patterns given here are not patterns in any way. Instead, they are an attempt at a…


book review – ‘Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences’ by John Allen Paulos

Book title: Innummeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences Author: John Allen Paulos ISBN: 0809058405 The problem that resulted in this book is far-reaching: the public simply doesn’t understand mathematics. Statistics, ranging from a 10%-off sale to the sort found in opinion polls, are unfathomable to the general populace. Probability, especially in the context of gambling,…


small MacBook review

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I bought myself a new black MacBook and named him Bernard. (Why? It’s in the comments thread for that post.) I bought the black MacBook off-the-shelf, walking into my local Apple Store to do so. Separately, I ordered 2 GB of RAM and a 120-GB hard drive….