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    text included on every image detailing the equipment used even influenced my last camera purchase locallemons com I m into food and enjoy cooking Local Lemons is probably my favourite recipe site The photography is beautiful dominating the page and detailing all the ingredients and stages required Its clear that the author has a real passion for food check out her Fast Food Slow Big Mac boutiquecycles com Bikes are another passion of mine I recently added a third to my stable Boutique Cycles is a simple site for proud owners to show of their custom bikes There is a subculture of riders that make building up bikes an art form sourcing just the right parts and dreaming up colour schemes littlewhitelies co uk This one is actually an independent film magazine the site features interviews and articles as well written review and encourages community feedback Every copy of the magazine is viewable online but I d really like to own some of the printed versions if only for the amazing artwork May 29 2010 Inspiration is where you find it Something I ve come to realise as I ve broadened my view on web application development is to not rely solely on conventional sources such as books and blogs for learning Think about it were you ever shown how to use a hand dryer What can their design teach you about UX design Good design is good design it doesn t have to be a web based to inspire you to create a fantastic new webapp Great customer service in an Apple store a nice touch at a restaurant or hotel that made a difference to your visit what can you take from that How can you use what pleased you in the real world and apply it to

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    s Cup o Joe for visiting 10 different coffee shops encourage users to explore I ve been using Gowalla for around a year now over 320 check ins but after a couple of friends started using Foursquare I thought I d give it a try too Initially there doesn t seem to be much difference between the two apps they share a lot of common functionality such as posting your check ins to Facebook and Twitter but its where they differ that is interesting Gowalla allows users to upload photos at their check ins and to add comments which only their Gowalla using friends can see The application makes use of attractive graphics and a traveller metaphor users have a passport collect stamps and pins and add items to their backpack Occasionally when checking in to a location you will find an item thats been left by another user and when creating a new location you can drop an item to become a founder As well as adding locations users can string together a collection of locations to create a trip such as sight seeing or a pub crawl Foursquare is a little more popular and as such has more locations most of the high street near my work is covered by Foursquare with only a handful of check ins available in Gowalla One of the differences between Gowalla and Foursquare is that user comments are public users can leave tips such as try the steak which you can mark as done or add to a to do list Check ins in Foursquare are awarded points although I don t yet understand the criteria used or what the idea of the points is also in Foursquare you can become a mayor of a location from repeated check ins Personally I

    Original URL path: http://blog.khalweir.co.uk/archive/2010/7 (2016-04-26)
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    a huge leap forwards with iTunes 10 rather than an interface tweak I want to be able to buy music on my laptop and have it instantly available on my iPhone without fishing around for a cable be able to log into my iTunes account and listen to my library at work and generally not to worry about my GBs of media stored on external drives I still haven t got my GetGlue stickers Where are they dammit Don t know what I m taking about Glue is a new kind of social network where you check in to stuff instead of places and earn real stickers http getglue com khal weir Sep 17 2010 Less is more For various reasons I ve moved a lot in the past few years and with each move I ve reduced my possessions After reading recent articles such as this BBC one I begun to think about minimising even further Its not even like I have that much stuff a TV a 5 1 surround system MacBook Pro iPhone a drawer of assorted computery bits a bunch of clothes a collection of Vans skate shoes a signed Faith no More poster some bike stuff back issues of Little White Lies Dirt and Wired and a small box of my remaining books and CDs which I ve yet to open since my last move But how much of that do I actually need As much as Shepard Fairey designed George Orwell novels and the WWF cookbook are nice things to own in truth I may never read them again Keeping back issues of magazines is crazy too as a majority of their content is more accessible online With the exception of the Apple goodies ok and Mike Patton s scribble I m not terribly

    Original URL path: http://blog.khalweir.co.uk/archive/2010/9 (2016-04-26)
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    at the Blues Kitchen this month until after he d sold out Time to sign up for Songkick Punctures Cycling to work is great until your stupid skinny tyres get a flat and you are forced to face the horror of hour long 3 mile bus journeys Oct 24 2010 Whatever happened to Microsoft As I m an avid fan of Apple products some people assume I m anti Microsoft that s not true I just dislike using crappy products Anyone can make a crappy product Apple s Mighty Mouse and iPad Case suck Google Wave was a flawed experiment and there is something very wrong with the way Diet Cherry Coke tastes Microsoft have done some great work their recent updates to Bing maps are very impressive and XBOX live is a great platform for online gamers and indie developers I m genuinely intrigued by Windows Mobile 7 s interface and was excited by the Courier concept video but generally Microsoft aren t major players any more The problems as I see it are Microsoft have become a huge multi headed monster Without direction and too large to act upon new trends or technology quickly Microsoft lumbers around playing catchup with the smaller companies in each market it attempts to play in Zune vs iPod MSN Live Bing vs Google search Hotmail vs Gmail Microsoft failed to embrace the web early on and ignored non enterprise smartphone usage allowing Android and iPhone to dominate that sector Its evident that Microsoft are so large and have so many divisions that none of then talk to each other take a look at a Windows PC during a typical work day and count the number of apps sharing the same look and feel The Office suite has the hateful ribbon UI which I haven t seen in any other application yet there are still traditional toolbars popup menus and tabbed interfaces Even when they do have something cool like Surface or Courier they move too slowly to get it out into the hands of the public Surface has revealed in 2007 yet remains an expensive toy for a select few retailers and hotels In the meantime cheaper and more sophisticated tech is being developed by competitors The Courier concept video was by far the coolest thing to come out of Redmond in years A potential iPad challenger the project was scrapped and apparently lead to J Allard Chief Experience Officer leaving Microsoft in frustration Legacy 66 of Windows users are running XP an OS that is approaching its tenth birthday Ten years in the tech industry is forever and when a large number of you customers haven t bought something from you in almost a decade you have a huge problem This can be attributed to Vista being a disaster users feeling an update doesn t offer any real benefits or in some cases software critical to their business doesn t work on newer versions With Snow Leopard onwards Apple have dropped

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    amazed by their extraordinary skill and the sound they can create from just two acoustic guitars Holiday I took a quick break and managed to visit 3 countries over a few days Gibraltar Spain and Morocco I enjoyed good weather good people good food and some new experiences all the while cursing my terrible language skills Christmas If the Trainline have managed to sort out my tickets I ll be going home to Durham for almost 2 weeks I m really looking forward to it as well as catching up with my family and walking the dogs every day I m couriering my bike up so I can rip up the trails that I rode as a kid Christmas I am by no means a religious person but the commercialisation of Christmas freaks me out I have a low tolerance to real world shopping as it is but the streets and shopping centres are just unbearable at this time of year Not to mention the terrifying the amount of money people seem willing to part with during the festive period as advertising persuades them to buy everything from new clothing to sofas and cars on top of presents and food

    Original URL path: http://blog.khalweir.co.uk/archive/2010/11 (2016-04-26)
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    I m working on and can choose to ignore the Adium duck flapping in my dock if the IM message doesn t warrant an immediate response MAMP http www mamp info Local development area Time Tracker http code google com p time tracker mac Stunningly simple time tracker really useful Textmate http macromates com A very powerful and feature rich text editor Textsoap www unmarked com textsoap I just recently found this one so haven t played with it that much but so far it looks like it ll handle anything I throw at it and give me nice plain text Firefox www mozilla com firefox My Firefox is loaded with extensions so many I think its worth a separate article Litmus http litmusapp com Feed it a URL or a send it an email and Litmus provides screenshots in a variety of different browsers or email clients They also provide Alakine a desktop application and a plugin for Coda to better integrate testing into your workflow Parallels http www parallels com uk products desktop As great a tool as Litmus is sometimes a screenshot isn t enough and you have to actually test the functionatily of a site Parallels allows you to quickly turn on a virtual machine and run another operating system Currently I have 3 Windows XP VMs installed covering the latest 3 versions of Internet Explorer Notebook http www moleskine com Essential for problem solving notes in client meetings I like the small blank Moleskine s as they are neat looking small enough to slip into a pocket and the blank pages are versatile Balsamiq http www balsamiq com products mockups I came across this Air app recently its a great looking tool for creating quick mockups of web pages It has a simple drag and

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    story of a developer trying his hand at design I set about the task as I would a development project I thought about what I wanted to achieve sketched some ideas and broke the into site into elements After a little while I d more or less settled on a layout and had a few ideas for potential designs so then went looking for inspiration and resources This is where I hit my first problem I know I want a killer background and lack the Photoshop skills to make my own but once I started looking I was overwhelmed by choice and at the same time found it difficult to find exactly what I was seeking again finding a cool font proved to be difficult After gathering a bunch of fonts graphics and ideas I started putting them together in Photoshop to create a rough prototype I was able to dismiss a couple of ideas outright at this stage and now I m able to concentrate on the strongest I still have a long way to go the prototype isn t built using the Blueprint CSS grid system and is well still very rough So what have I learned so

    Original URL path: http://blog.khalweir.co.uk/archive/2009/6 (2016-04-26)
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    of guys eager to get into this industry join agencies and balk at the unglamorous tasks they d never expected they never last long So why do I enjoy it I get to work in a great team at Work Interactive face different challenges each day checking Twitter at work is R D every day is dress down Friday there is always something new to learn and launching a site

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