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January 23rd, 2010

Google’s Nexus One muzzles the foul-mouthed

While they’re at it, why not use “fudge”, “darn”, and “shucks” instead of replacing the offending words with hash symbols?

December 17th, 2009

Browser size

An interesting graphic showing you how much viewport area (where the web content is, between the scrollbars, toolbars, and so on) web users see. Made useful because you can load your own websites in for comparison.

It’s worth remembering there is no page fold because every web browser is capable of scrolling and every web user knows how to scroll. Google has provided a guide for where to put the most important information and action elements on the page, not a guide for how short and narrow to make your web pages.

October 24th, 2009

Google Wave Keyboard Shortcuts

I’d figured out a couple of these on my own, but this is a handy reference. Otherwise, the Wave interface has you moving from keyboard to mouse and back an awful lot.

Unlike GMail, which could be used to communicate with anybody with an email address, Wave’s usefulness is relevant to the number of people you want to use it with. But even with a fairly limited range of acquaintances signed up, it’s already surprisingly useful.

October 20th, 2009

What’s next after SpamWaves, WavePorn?

Google Wave already has its first reported spammer — a marketer for POM Wonderful began flinging flack at all the food bloggers they could find on Wave.

Although at least a couple people are optimistic about Google’s technical capacity to keep spam under control in Wave, it’s ultimately impossible to prevent spamming entirely in any medium without either proactive moderation or closing account creation and forbidding user interaction.

Incidentally, if you want to find me on Wave, ask.

October 19th, 2009

Why can’t we figure out what Google Wave is good for?

Google Wave is… something. What it is, exactly, few people have been able to agree on. Google’s own PR about Google Wave is a frustratingly imbalanced information overload, their publicity effort centering around an 80 minute video of the developer preview at Google I/O, earlier this year, entirely burying their slick, short product demos.

Apple can routinely, in 80 minutes, tout its sales figures, announce three revolutionary consumer products, demo them, preview yet another devastatingly witty TV commercial starring an affable PC and bemused Mac, and have a surprise musical guest run through a number or two. Even Microsoft’s execs can put on a reasonably tight show when announcing new products. So how does Google’s new product announcement compare? It’s thorough and boring. It’s unrehearsed, heavily padded by presentation failures, presenter fumbles, and an excruciatingly long introduction by one of Google’s research unit executives.

The Wave video is a fine tech conference presentation. But it’s a lousy public product demonstration, and it’s the entirety of Google’s sales pitch. Sales pitches, product sheets, whitepapers, short demonstrations of single features are all missing from Wave’s PR. In their place is a long video of people fumbling with their demo equipment. I watched it in 20 minute chunks, because if this is The Future, The Future is awkward.

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