Context Switching

Somewhere in Dante’s Hell there must be a room, a pit–perhaps even an entire level–for those who commit the atrocity of abusive context switching. You’re probably far more familiar with context switching — and its abuse — than you...

WaSP

I’ve found it difficult to line up behind the Web Standards Project [WaSP]. Not because I don’t support the call to standards, but because one of the legs the group stands on includes pressuring users to upgrade to standards-compliant browsers. I think...

Not Found

The discussion on MetaFilter about the end of Assembler raises some very interesting points on the transient nature of the web, and the role of the publisher/artist/designer/author. At the same time it rings the alarm bells. Some very good people–folks...

Dumb and Dumber

Dumb and Dumber: a usability lesson from the phone system.Not terribly long ago the local telephone company in Kansas City introduced ten-digit dialing. Up to that point, phone system users within the Kansas City metro had been able to ignore the area codes that...
Mediums Writ Large

Mediums Writ Large

When Thug the caveman first scrawled an image of himself on a wall of stone, we can imagine the prehistoric critics — “Arg! Ick dannae throg!” Which, roughly translated, imparts that the cave art lacked passion, and what’s more Thug would be...
Mediums Writ Large, Part III

Mediums Writ Large, Part III

In which the author attempts some closure on this accidental essay–three parts released over two weeks? how rude!–and after which will bundle the whole mess up and place it in the articles section, where it rightly belongs. So what do we know about this...

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