design Archives

  1. what a tease (X and OOo)

    I was told Friday that my laptop, with recent-ish (Fedora 7) X could finally do sexy things like ‘plug in an external monitor and have it do more than clone the laptop’s monitor.’ The first thing that popped to mind when I heard that was ‘ooh, I could do slides on the VGA out while…

  2. discuss amongst yourselves

    Can truly great things be created without arrogance? (You can spit on me or suggest a missing link in the comments.) [Ed.: I realized later this might have been taken as a commentary on my new job; I actually wrote this post some months ago without posting it and isn’t RH-related at all. My summer…

  3. great Buckminster Fuller quote

    Hadn’t seen this one before: “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” — R. Buckminster Fuller Kudos to those who are doing that. (I was going to make a list, but it was longer than I expected- which is great.)

  4. choice usually sucks; documenting choice sucks more, though.

    This is the most depressing thing I’ve read all morning. (Granted I’ve only been up for 15 minutes.) Remember, kids, choice is usually just another way of saying “the engineers and PMs don’t have the balls to make the hard decisions, so instead we’re going to give the users a ‘choice’ they can’t possibly make…

  5. book rec, sort of

    Amazon emailed me to recommend “Beyond the Desktop Metaphor: Designing Integrated Digital Work Environments.” It looks like a deep, serious study of options for moving beyond a desktop metaphor. Obviously I haven’t read it, nor do I plan to (Property Law calls) but it looks like it should be interesting to anyone who wants to…

  6. quickie tech links

    Law links these days invite the writing of essays, not sentences, so there are fewer of them :) Sr. O’Grady (who it was a pleasure to finally meet last week) has a long post on why the Solaris default shell is silly. It is a good post, and worth reading if for nothing other than…