A week into the public, Google plus still has yet to “wow” me. Hangouts is cool. Google itself is very useful. Not many people seem to be using Google+ which makes the experience less interesting. Time will tell how Google+ will evolve.
Facebook continues a redesign that just seems cluttered to me. The timeline feature may be interesting, but should also be implemented into pages and Wikipedia. Ideas like interactive timelines have been around for awhile, it is just expensive to afford a team to build this functionality to work correctly for a wide range of audience and platforms.
I am a big fan of Xbox, which is getting a TV feature later this year. This will feature on-demand, as well as live offers such as news, sports and your favorite channels. I am looking forward to see how this all functions, performs and what content will be available for purchase and for free.
The touched based, streamlined tablet experience of Windows 8 will be quite interesting. I like the simplistic style of the Start screen and containers. Looking forward to checking it all out.
As technology gets faster and competition grows, individual and corporate expectations grow as well.
Everyday is a race to get ahead. Everyday web-users browse the Internet and refuse to realize how easy things are on the web.
To look at a webpage and review the content, writing or design, does not require a web developer degree. I really think a lot of people use excuse themselves from reviewing webpage content, because they feel like only a web developer can review text and images.
Reviewing a webpage’s overall content and message is not much different than looking at a printed article design. Looking at a webpage and creating notes about it are really a simple task that has nothing to do with HTML, PHP or any of that crazy web stuff.
Reviewing content isn’t the most fun thing, but must be done, as designers and developers don’t always fully understand a business model or plan, which makes it a great idea for anyone who can login to Facebook or email to actually review and take some notes about a webpage.
I have always been a huge fan of music. Starting with LPs and EPs I borrowed from the library as a kid, up to the multiple digital formats.
Audio cassettes were good, CDs are great and digital music files in devices are good and bad.
Obviously piracy is a bigger issue with the internet now involved, I still favor purchasing CD’s for the physical artwork and booklet.
Some albums I can easily in in iTunes, that would take me months of searching local music stores. With iTunes, you can buy only a few songs online.
Albums in iTunes can include a PDF download of the album insert, which is cool, but just not the same. iTunes also created a new interactive digital LP, which I neat, though the $10,000 submission fee is totally outrageous.
All an all, iTunes and other services are convenient, but I do still favor actual CDs.
I am an avid user of Netflix Streaming and I don’t subscribe to the DVD mailing service anymore.
Netflix DVD is now Qwikster, which makes no difference to me. I was thinking of using the DVD service again the past few weeks. The name change makes no difference to me.
I favor Mac, though in some situations I need to use a Windows machine. I really rely on the Spaces App in Mac OS X for sectioning off my different projects I am currently working on, email in one space, iTunes in another as well as any other random tasks I need to perform.
Dexpot on Windows works very similar to Mac OS X Spaces, though it is not a complete clone and some functions work a bit differently.
Overall, if you like using Spaces on the Mac, you should enjoy Dexpot.
You can download this free utility at http://www.dexpot.de
Google+ going live seems a few weeks overdue. Not looking forward to another FB UI update.
Here are some great resources and tools for Web Designers / Developers-
I have always pre-ordered Apple / Mac OS X so that I could install on the release date. It was exciting to get the package in the mail, fire up the Mac(s) and start the installation. With Lion, it is an all digital / online upgrade from the App Store. This is the first time Apple has offered a new OS as a download rather than a box and disc.
With the OS being an install from the internet /App store, I was very hesitant to upgrade right away. A few weeks after the release, I decided to upgrade my 5 year-old MacBook to Lion. All went smooth for the install, no freezes or issues at all. For this OS and the last, Apple has only charged $30 to upgrade, rather than $130. : )
After testing on my laptop for about a month, I was confident to upgrade my 27″iMac, which is my main work station. For the most part, Lion is a great improvement, though I do have a few complaints…
Power PC applications are no longer supported. This means I can no longer run my Microsoft Office 2003 Suite. It is probably time to upgrade my MS Office Suite anyways, and I do understand that Apple would need to drop Power PC support at some point, to keep the OS efficient. Overall this is more of an improvement and not so much a complaint, rather just and annoyance for now.
The only other issue I have with Lion is that Mission Control has replaced Expose and has not impressed me at all and in fact slowed down my work process a bit. In Expose, you could see all of your “spaces / desktops” and drag windows between any of them. Now in Mission Control, you can only drag from the last desktop you were on, to others, not from any desktop to any other desktop. This has been quite a downgrade in my opinion.
Launchpad is a nice feature, copied from iOS and also the built in Facetime App is much appreciated. Over all, I would say the $30 upgrade is worth it, though the Mission Control needs much improvement.