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Design of software and hardware

Google authenticator and Gmail iOS app rubbish

I have two step authentication turned on my Google account. If you don’t know what that is, whenever you login to the gmail web interface it is set up to send me a code via SMS which I then also have to enter. Applications (e.g. my Mail app on my laptop) use a “one time […]

Surface

An alternate universe – Marco Arment: The Surface is partially for Microsoft’s world of denial: the world in which this store contains no elephants and Microsoft invented the silver store with the glass front and the glowing logo and blue shirts and white lanyards and these table layouts and the modern tablet and its magnetic […]

The one greatest iOS 6 feature …

… is the Do Not Disturb functionality. After several weeks with the new iOS I can honestly say this is the feature about it I love most. Now it just needs to be automatically activated for the duration of certain Calendar entries as well.

Apple Notes and iCloud

There’s a bit of gnashing of the teeth about the terrible font that the new Notes application uses in Apple OSX 10.8 Mountain Lion. But for me the single biggest fail with this application is the fact that of all the Apple apps that now use iCloud, it’s the one that has the most rubbish […]

Postbox 3 anachronisms

Yesterday I wrote about Postbox 3 as a Mail.app replacement. I’m still using it, and liking it, but I’m starting to develop a good sense of where it still has rough edges; Alert sounds. Sometimes it plays the alert sound for no discernible reason (I think because new mail has arrived in a sub-label/sub-folder, but […]

Apple Mail.app replacement – Postbox 3

My regular readers (all two of you) will know that I frequently thrash about looking for an Apple Mail.app replacement. I am a regular and long-term Gmail user. Its search is amazing, the filters powerful (although lacking a filter-power-user feature to help manage the dozens of filters I have actively running) and I quite like […]

Mac Mail.app and its local cache of messages

Why is it that yesterday Mail.app decided it did not have a local cache of my imap mail boxes anymore and it must refetch every one? Maybe I should switch back to Mailplane.

The Social Graph is Neither (Pinboard Blog)

The Social Graph is Neither (Pinboard Blog): You might almost think that the whole scheme had been cooked up by a bunch of hyperintelligent but hopelessly socially naive people, and you would not be wrong. Asking computer nerds to design social software is a little bit like hiring a Mormon bartender. Our industry abounds in […]

Why Steve Jobs mattered | Bob Lewis

Why Steve Jobs mattered | Bob Lewis: “Nothing about the iPod, iTunes store, iPhone, or iPad was safe. Jobs focused on upside potential, not downside risk. Like the great generals in history he preferred offense to defense. As for excellence, he insisted on it in the technical as well as general meaning of the word. […]

Apple iPhoto 09 Flickr integration is bad, very bad

I am very, very pissed off with Apple’s iPhoto to Flickr integration. It’s seriously broken software. Here are just some of the reasons why – interface and interaction designers please take note: Uploading photos in bulk does not preserve the order (any order) in the Flickr stream. So your photostream gets whack out of order. […]