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  • Khal Weir: Archive
    favourites Facebook this is fantastic so much better to use than the terrible website Wordpress I like this for starting drafts of new articles when I get an idea while I m out BeeJive instant messager app with push notifications Prowl pushes Growl notifications from your Mac s to your iPhone Shazam yeah its been around since day 1 but I m still amazed by how well this works Remote this may as well come preinstalled very useful HoldEm this is the only game I play the most on my iPhone Zen Bound a really pretty game the aim is to to wrap objects in string Sep 23 2009 Snow Leopard vs Windows 7 I ve recently installed two new operating systems on my Macbook Pro and thought I d write a quick comparison of them I m predominantly a Mac user and no longer own a PC yet I need Windows for testing damn you IE and gaming damn you Left 4 Dead Windows 7 Installing the Release Candidate of Windows 7 was quick easy and a lot prettier than installing previous versions of Windows To my surprise everything worked out of the box except sound and 3D graphics but a popping in the Leopard DVD and visiting the Nvidia site soon fixed that Only 3GB out of my 4GB of Ram is detected as I m using the 32bit version 32bit Leopard and Ubuntu don t seem to have that problem Like many I skipped Vista completely so I m not sure whats new for this version and what is brought over from Vista Things I ve liked so far are the new window management tricks like Aero shake and full screening an app by pulling it to the top of the screen things I ve not liked are the confusing control panel my NAS being detected as a media device and struggling to use it as networked drive and being nagged constantly I ve since managed to turn this off There s been improvements in the Start menu too and the Spotlight like search works well Overall Windows 7 feels snappy and is visually quite appealing although Microsoft really needs to get together and make their UI s consistent The price is right and now that XP is almost a decade old I think I ll be buying a copy when it is released Snow Leopard This release isn t a huge update from the previous one and this is reflected by its name and very reasonable price The installation process was as simple but did take a while After a reboot nothing looked different at first but immediately I noticed my system was faster Safari especially seems faster than ever and start up and shut down speeds are noticeably quicker too Snow has a bunch of tweaks and nice new features it can automagically set your timezone based on your location based on your WiFi connection The largest change is behind the scenes the move to

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  • Khal Weir: Archive
    tool If you got here via a Google search for free invites sorry I don t have invites to give yet Oct 10 2009 September 2009 Great iPhone Apps The App store has over 55 000 applications and I read recently that the average iPhone owner has spent 80 on apps This is a round up of my favourite Apps these apps are ones that I find useful to keep me connected when I m away from a computer and which extend the usefulness of the iPhone allowing it to mimic expensive dedicated devices Weightbot http www tapbots com I ve been working on losing weight recently this fantastic looking app has been a great aid in tracking my progress The interface is attractive and simple tilting either left or right displays a graph view or an overview of your progress and your data can be exported as CSV Convertbot http www tapbots com I recently decided to switch to metric for measurements still more commonly expressed in imperial in the UK this app has been handy to convert distance and weights to better communicate my achievements to olds and Americans Trails http trails lamouroux de This is a slick GPS logger I use it to map my bike rides and also for geocoding my photographs The logged GPS data can easily exported to be used in Google Earth TrailRunner etc iTreadmill Nike it ain t but it ll track your runs or walks and calculate calories burned Spotify http www spotify com The mobile version of Spotify a fantastic music streaming service is a killer app Streaming works well playlists shared with you or created on your desktop are available you can create new playlists easily and best of all you can offline sync a playlist The app is free however does require a Premium account 9 99 month which also removes the ads from the desktop client Tweetie http www atebits com tweetie iphone I ve hardly logged into the Twitter web interface since downloading Tweetie and it s desktop counterpart The interface is slick and easy to use Bonus points for the slightly creepy location based search Awesome Note http bridworks com I just downloaded this one but it looks like a keeper I like the interface and the fact that I can import to and from Google Docs its a shame it can t sync though and I m considering using it s ToDo list as an alternative to Remember the Milk which I really rate but the iPhone app requires the 25 Pro account and mine is due to expire soon Other favourites Facebook this is fantastic so much better to use than the terrible website Wordpress I like this for starting drafts of new articles when I get an idea while I m out BeeJive instant messager app with push notifications Prowl pushes Growl notifications from your Mac s to your iPhone Shazam yeah its been around since day 1 but I m still amazed by how well this works Remote this may as well come preinstalled very useful HoldEm this is the only game I play the most on my iPhone Zen Bound a really pretty game the aim is to to wrap objects in string Sep 23 2009 Snow Leopard vs Windows 7 I ve recently installed two new operating systems on my Macbook Pro and thought I d write a quick comparison of them I m predominantly a Mac user and no longer own a PC yet I need Windows for testing damn you IE and gaming damn you Left 4 Dead Windows 7 Installing the Release Candidate of Windows 7 was quick easy and a lot prettier than installing previous versions of Windows To my surprise everything worked out of the box except sound and 3D graphics but a popping in the Leopard DVD and visiting the Nvidia site soon fixed that Only 3GB out of my 4GB of Ram is detected as I m using the 32bit version 32bit Leopard and Ubuntu don t seem to have that problem Like many I skipped Vista completely so I m not sure whats new for this version and what is brought over from Vista Things I ve liked so far are the new window management tricks like Aero shake and full screening an app by pulling it to the top of the screen things I ve not liked are the confusing control panel my NAS being detected as a media device and struggling to use it as networked drive and being nagged constantly I ve since managed to turn this off There s been improvements in the Start menu too and the Spotlight like search works well Overall Windows 7 feels snappy and is visually quite appealing although Microsoft really needs to get together and make their UI s consistent The price is right and now that XP is almost a decade old I think I ll be buying a copy when it is released Snow Leopard This release isn t a huge update from the previous one and this is reflected by its name and very reasonable price The installation process was as simple but did take a while After a reboot nothing looked different at first but immediately I noticed my system was faster Safari especially seems faster than ever and start up and shut down speeds are noticeably quicker too Snow has a bunch of tweaks and nice new features it can automagically set your timezone based on your location based on your WiFi connection The largest change is behind the scenes the move to 64bit and Open CL allowing OSX to take full advantage of modern hardware and ditching support for legacy machines this also means you gain some hard drive space back The only issue I ve had so far is my older version of Parallels isn t compatible with Snow Leopard this was quite annoying but its good software and the manufacturer dropped the upgrade

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  • Khal Weir
    is based on the sport rugby The concepts of Kanban and Just in Time first employed by Japanese factories have also been applied to software development Nature has always been a valuable source of design inspiration for example the nose cone of the Shinkansen bullet train is modelled on a Kingfisher s beak and the Fibonacci sequence is also found in the iPod s design Everything in life has a lesson to give the skill is knowing how to find and use it Mar 24 Book review REWORK REWORK is the new book from 37Signals a former web consultancy that now make a a suite of popular productivity web apps The book s authors are Jason Fried co founder and president and David Heinemeier Hansson partner and the creator of Ruby on Rails I ve been using 37Signal s project management tool Basecamp for a few years now While it isn t the most feature complete tool it gets the important stuff right in fact thats one of 37Signal s mantras build half a product not a half assed product Even before using any of their products I ve enjoyed reading the company s blog Signal vs Noise and have always admired their openess about the way they work and been inspired by their success I ve never read or had any interest in reading a business book before I m allergic to buzzwords and marketing speak but knowing that this would be a different kind of business book I pre ordered a copy and have read through it in only three sessions REWORK is playbook for starting or running any sized company based on 37Signal s principles with a proven success The book is very easy and fast to read each section is to the point and at most a couple of pages long The statements are bold contradicting what you have likely experienced at work however they make sense and are backed by real world examples not only from 37Signals but Amazon Zappos Dunkin Donuts and others I would recommend this book to anyone that works or hopes to someday work for themselves even if you don t there is a lot of great advice on productivity and that ll increase your employability Feb 25 4 Great movies so far this year Food Inc An eye opening look into the American food industry farmers that can t choose what to grow why it is cheaper to feed a family of four on fast food than fresh produce and how organic providers are fighting back Visit www foodincmovie com for more information All Tomorrow s Parties A collection of footage collected from fans and musicians over a decade of the unique Butlin s based music festival curated by bands or fans featuring Sonic Youth Nick Cave Portishead Iggy the Stooges The Yeah Yeah Yeahs Seasick Steve Lightning Bolt and more A Single Man Set in 1960 s California every single frame of this movie looks like it was taken from a glossy vintage fashion magazine The director Tom Ford is a fashion designer and previously worked as a tailor on Bond movies however there is more to the film than it s look The film follows a middle aged man Colin Firth as he prepares to commit suicide after his partner is killed in a car accident the story is compelling and the performances superb highly recommended MicMacs This is the latest film from the director of Amelie and A Very Long Engagement Jean Pierre Jeunet however it is closer to his earlier movies Delicatessen and The City of the Lost Children in its style and subject It tells the story of Bazil who s life has been ruined by two rival weapons manufacturers and his ingenious plan to get his own back with some help from on odd collection of scrap collecting friends If you ve seen and enjoyed Delicatessen you ll love this Feb 13 The Death of Flash I ve never been a fan of Flash either as a developer or as a user so I m excited to see the possible beginning of the end for what has become the defacto standard for multimedia on the Web Its a common a complaint that the iPhone and upcoming iPad don t have support for Flash but why would they The Flash player is a buggy resource intensive security risk that these devices are better off without There is very little that Flash can do that can t be done with other technology such as jQuery HTML5 and CSS3 see the links below for some examples all of which will run on modern browsers without the requirement of any plugins The two main video streaming sites YouTube and Vimeo are trialing HTML5 versions of their sites using the h 264 video format in place of Flash I m hoping that the popularity of Apple s mobile devices will encourage more content providers such as Hulu and BBC iPlayer to turn their backs on Flash and embrace these new technologies For the past few weeks I ve been using ClickToFlash for Safari which blocks Flash content giving you the option to run it or not I have noticed a significant increase in the loading of pages and am not missing the horrible Flash ads that have frequently crashed my browser and brought even powerful dual core computers to their knees I m ready for a future without Flash and praise companies like Apple Google and Vimeo for taking the initiative to push the latest in Web technology to improve their user s experience JavaScript SketchPad Depth of Field jQuery Robot jParallax jQuery cloud of bacon CSS3 Animations ATAT 3D Cube Coke Can Photo Gallery HTML5 Canvas and Audio Demo Canvas Photo Demo Jan 16 Do I even need a tablet Apple are apparently going to announce their oft rumoured tablet computer possibly called the iSlate in the next few weeks and Microsoft unveiled their underwhelming stock Windows 7

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  • Khal Weir - The value of gaming
    slightly superior to my friends that sunk 100 hours plus weekly into games like World of Warcraft like I was doing something of value with my time Now I m jealous and regret not ever subscribing and playing along realising that watching through every episode of X Files again riding bikes and drinking beer wasn t necessarily a better use of time Investing in 10 000 hours in any activity is considered enough time to be an expert in that activity an increasing number of the current generation have comfortably clocked up 10k hours of online gaming by the time they graduate So what are they experts in what skills does online gaming give you Considering WoW as an example I recognise the game requires skills in problem solving teamwork resource management organisation strategy communication as well as encouraging research into and learning about the history backstory and geography of the world All of these are useful and admirable skills and with the equivalent of over 5 years worth of working hours before even starting their professional careers todays youth have huge potential probably without even knowing about it In Jane s talks and in her book Reality is Broken

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  • Khal Weir - UX isn't easy peasy, lemon squeezy
    that good at its job in fact it s designer Philipe Starck has said it was not meant to squeeze lemons but to start conversations This is a designed product while it is aesthetically pleasing the Catcher from Joseph Joseph is made from soft plastic so it feels comfortable in your hand and the integrated stand also catches pips and prevents juice from getting on the handle In thinking about

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  • Khal Weir - UX - let's just call it what it is
    industries that refer to their customers as users The term users dehumanizes the audience so lets call them what they are customers or even better use personas By asking what would Bob do here and what would Alice expect vs what is a user going to do here immediately you are thinking differently and your product will be better for it So let s lose user ok When great rock acts like KISS play live shows they aim to excite delight and exceed the expectations of their fans in other words they craft an experience When I m working on a project I have similar goals I don t want an interface to be merely usable I want to do inspire engage and trigger an emotional response with the audience Restauranteurs car manufacturers hoteliers interior designers film directors and more share these ambitions Just like the projects I work on their products are all experiences so I feel experience is redundant from my job title too I strongly believe I work in what is currently the most exciting field in the industry but its so poorly understood I sometimes fear that it isn t taken as seriously as it should

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  • Khal Weir - The Joy of Singletasking
    the narrative at the same time More and more of us are interacting with a second screen while watching TV see LukeW com for figures This might be fine for certain content something as vapid as Made in Chelsea or rewatching Firefly for the tenth time but can really hamper your enjoyment of new or interesting content Yet some see this as the future of TV and are exploring ways to capitalise on our use of these devices and social interactions ABC s social TV iPad app As a music fan I ll nearly always have headphones on at work I find blocking out background noise helps me to focus but I m conscious that my choice of music can affect my work I try to stick with really familiar albums or playlists of ambient instrumental tracks that are less distracting A side effect of this however is that I rarely just listen to music anymore I lament that music is becoming something in the background while I do two or three other things and intend to remedy this by buying a turntable and building up a record collection I feel that the manual process of playing vinyl and the fact that I ve tracked down a favourite album on this antique format will encourage me to spend more time actively listening and increase my enjoyment of the music I really enjoy seeing films at the cinema largely because I m forced to singletask I m there to watch a film my phone stays in my pocket and unless the film is poor I m focused on watching This experience is especially good at the IMAX as the screen fills your vision and people exit via the rear so there are no distractions Mountain biking rock climbing and cooking enforce

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  • Khal Weir - The 'Oh yeah, I have a blog' update
    The truth is I got distracted by tumblr check out khalweir tumblr com if you like charts graphic design animated gifs dinosaurs and bikes as much as I do moving across London and to a new job I m now a citizen of Croydonia and working as a UX Designer at dotDigital Group I ve had fun furnishing my new flat meeting new people and working on great new projects

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