Monthly Archives: May 2010

Good opinions

Insight, in comments: You would think these guys have the final word about the internet. It helps to sound authoritative when issuing opinions, and good ones tend to sound condescending. What do people expect, equivocation and coddling? “Maybe the sky … Continue reading

New BP Logo


Getting to Consistency

I just found slides from the SXSW Interactive Panel I moderated back in 2007. Making software predictable and consistent makes it much easier to use. This session will explain UI consistency and point out examples of failures and their consequences. … Continue reading

Jeff Potter’s new web site

Jeff Potter, author of the forthcoming (O’Reilly, June 2010) Cooking for Geeks and creator of out of service now has his own web site. (Yes, This post is mostly for Google.)

They don’t make things like they used to

Last year, I stayed with a friend in north Austin during SXSW. A bike was the best way to make the three-mile journey downtown. I had a few options: Renting I called Bicycle Sport Shop and a couple other stores. … Continue reading

America’s best defense against suitcase nukes

Think your airline joining Star Alliance helps you?

Last fall, Continental Airlines joined Star Alliance. Since I have most of my points/miles with Air Canada’s Aeroplan—also a member of Star Alliance—I thought that would be good news. It’s not. There’s no way to combine points from both programs … Continue reading

When to buy a refurbished Mac

No, I’m not going to tell you when during the year to buy a Mac (“not the week before WWDC”), but I am going to share a neat trick. Tragedy of the commons, here we go. Apple’s online store has … Continue reading

Photos make it all better

“She would only have sex with me when her ex-boyfriend was taking pictures.” “It wasn’t cheating as long as someone was taking pictures.” From Porchlight‘s La Petite Mort, February 19, 2010.