Category Archives: thinking out loud

What can ant colonies teach front-end architects?

I just read a great article on Embracing Complexity by the Harvard Business Review and I got a crazy idea about using the same “ant colony” metaphor to describe UIs design and architecture. There is a lot to learn from an ant … Continue reading

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The good, the bad, and the ugly: large scale JavaScript apps

It’s pretty sad that no matter how hard JavaScript tries to be more “serious” it is still perceived as that “scripting” language. Compared to Java or C++ or something else that is “more serious” JavaScript won’t have a chance. But … Continue reading

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They’re all doing it wrong: tablet ads

Take a look at these tablet commercials, can you spot the similarities? Toshiba Thrive Motorolla Xoom Blackberry Playbook The first three mentioned things like “flash-loving” or “app-rocking” or how many “ports” it has, or how many “mega pixels” the camera … Continue reading

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Scripting vs. Coding vs. Programming

@laurenonizzle tweeted a link to a forum discussion about the differences between scripting, coding and programming. I’m offering my thoughts here, feel free to chime in with yours. As indicated by several posters on that forum, the line can get blurry. … Continue reading

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All developers are not created equal – hence not interchangeable

Earlier yesterday I came across this article on the New York Times: Thieves Found Citigroup Site an Easy Entry. At first I thought, “Man, another big site had their customer data compromised”, but as I continued reading this incident is … Continue reading

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Mobile e-commerce & augmented reality?

When you think e-commerce what comes to mind? For me, I think Amazon.com and eBay.com. I remember reading somewhere that Amazon wasn’t the first online bookstore, but in fact it was books.com – which is gone now by the way, … Continue reading

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Don’t tell me your TV supports Twitter (Part 2)

In Part 1 I ranted about the Samsung commercial that I caught on TV raving about accessing Facebook and Twitter from their new TV. I questioned how TV manufacturers are repeating the marketing campaigns the telecoms did a few years ago … Continue reading

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Fast Mover Advantage?

I just finished reading the book “The Accidental Billionaires” by Ben Mezrich. The book provides great stories into the lives of the “founding fathers” of probably the most successful website on the Internet today – Facebook – although it wasn’t … Continue reading

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Don’t tell me your TV supports Twitter

Last night I caught a Best Buy ad on AMC about Samsung’s smart/social/internet TV.  It reminded me of the Telus/Rogers/Bell BlackBerry ads a couple of years ago marketing Twitter and Facebook as features of their smartphones. They’re still doing it … Continue reading

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Yahoo’s culture vs. Google’s culture

Two interesting articles I have read in the past week had to do with Yahoo’s “hacker-centric” culture – or lack of. Two different views, one from Paul Graham’s “What happened to Yahoo” post and the second from Ryan Grove’s “What’s … Continue reading

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