Tag Archives: web

Madelyn’s computer time

Madelyn’s computer time is increasing, in part because she’s about to get her own computer. We’re using the parental controls in Mac OS X to keep her from using the computer too much. Continue reading

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How not to make a budget web site

The new Illinois budget web site is a disappointment. Continue reading

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Embarrassing

A funny dialog box from Firefox Continue reading

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Office goes online, maybe

Microsoft Office goes online, a little slowly, but for a reason: cloud via Office, not via browser. Continue reading

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WIU web redesign draft

Mockup and commentary on the in-progress redesign of WIU’s webpage Continue reading

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Searching

New search engines abound. But what’s all the fuss about Bing? Continue reading

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Commanding

Atwood: the browser is the new command line? Probably not. But the comments are cool anyway. Continue reading

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Using the readymade web

My CCCC presentation is short enough to share here in slightly edited form; it’s a written-out-talk intended to precede a roundtable, so it may read a little breezily. Here’s a summary:

Readymades have re-emerged on the web, displacing the “web site” with the “web presence,” in the templates and skins of much web-based software, and also in the workaday of social networks. Three patterns dominate use: collection, juxtaposition, and combination. For theories of use and usability, there are four implications:

1. Finding a single, clearly defined, easily anticipated use, as suggested by many usability practicioners, becomes more challenging;
2. We can’t always assume users are interested and motivated;
3. The nuts and bolts of use need even more attention;
4. Readymades themselves are rare; the new readymade is designed for customization and individualized use (whether or not that is realized). Continue reading

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CCC online, sorta

For some time now, I’ve wanted to write about the problems with CCC and the CCC Online Archive. But I’ve waited, out of respect to its maintainers, Collin Brooke and Derek Mueller, and also in the hopes that some clarity … Continue reading

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if (Web == OS)

About Ted Dziuba’s “web != OS” rant, inspired by Google’s Chrome browser Continue reading

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