Book Review: Designing With the Mind In Mind
I taught about a half of a semester of an HCI course with the 1st version and loved it. The examples are fantastic, the students liked reading it (well, compared to how much students generally like things).
YouTube Goes 4K — and VP9 — At CES
I cant watch a 480p video on YouTube without shuttering, jerking, load screens and a generally crappy experience. But I'm sure 4K will work great.
Bonus points for something like the 5th different encoding scheme used by Google.
Yahoo! Sports Redesign Sparks Controversy, Disdain From Users
I agree this is bad, but then to put a multicolor background image behind it all just destroys your brains ability to quickly recognize the shape of words.
Half of a word is white on dark green, the other half is white on brown. That is terrible.
How Much Longer Will Physical Game Distribution Survive?
Amen, I've made two bad purchases in the past year, one was Resistance 2, the other was Gran Turismo Prolouge. I returned Resistance for $30, I deleted Gran Turismo from my hard drive. Guess which one I'm more pissed about.
A History of the Xbox Red Ring of Death Fiasco
The real issue was MS deciding to design, and therefor own, the chips used in the 360. Even a seasoned hardware manufacturer like Sony wasn't stupid enough to take that on, they partnered with IBM to do most of the heavy lifting. They are a software company, and developing software is very different from manufacturing chips.
The article sure made it sound like the classic case of marketing making too many early decisions, as in picking a small curved case, then forcing engineering to figure out how to pack it all in.
I'm still pissed that they kneecapped this entire cycle by releasing a console without a hard drive for cost purposes.