Saturday, April 23, 2016

Could apps encourage better desktop software?

The smartphone revolution it has made unthinkable for a company to make a website without having an app to go with it. In fact, some of the most popular websites today started as apps first and then later became websites!

This has given rise to a design philosophy called Mobile First. The idea here is that instead of starting with a full-featured, resource hogging desktop application or website you start by building your app in the smallest form-factor you want to support, like, for example, a smartphone. From there you should adapt the design to the larger form-factors and available resources. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

New Google Drive: When Design takes precedence over Function

Google Drive has been around since April 2012 and it is a joy to use. It’s fast, it has a sleek interface that looks comfortably at home in a desktop and it’s fully feature packed with functionality. You can move, share, review, organize, collaborate, all in a simple and mostly intuitive way.

Too bad that’s all going away soon.

Sunday, March 08, 2015

How to Recover Skype Taskbar Flashing in Cinnamon

UPDATE: Confirmed to work on Cinnamon 2.8.6!
This is a problem I've had every time I install Skype under Linux Mint. I don't know if other people have had the same problem, but I know that I'm sick of running around Google trying to hit the specific keywords that will lead me to the solution to this problem.

When one installs Skype under Linux Mint (and this has been happening for a few versions now, starting in 16 for me), new messages have a notification, a notification sound, but no other indicator that a message has been received.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Triple A is out, long live the indies!

Something is weird is happening to my gaming addiction: the newest major releases are not eliciting a response.

The last triple A release I’ve been excited about was Dragon Age: Inquisition. I haven’t had the chance to play it yet, unfortunately, but from what my friends and favorite reviewers have been saying it is a pretty good game that fulfills expectations, unlike its predecessor.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

3 Things Google Hangouts Still Needs to be Better than Skype

Google has recently unveiled a new Chrome App for Hangouts. It isn’t a replacement for the previous extension, but rather an app in its own right. Though it was clearly made for Chrome OS, the app behaves well on all platforms, with a few minor bugs and some graphical hiccups on Linux.

As a messaging platform, Hangouts is great. Amazing even. The app is now a lightweight messenger that sits in the corner being pretty, or behind your windows if you prefer that. It runs smoothly and none of the bugs I’ve found have stopped it from functioning.

Yet, Skype has been around for a while. Despite frequent freezes, not receiving messages and generally being a little pita, it is mostly ubiquitous. Everyone is using Skype, but ever since the Hangouts app came out I’ve noticed people who usually didn’t pay attention to it actually using it.
This makes me believe Hangouts is well positioned to become a great alternative to Skype that people actually use, so here are 3 features Hangouts needs to be better than Skype.