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Ask Slashdot: Wrist Watch For the Tech Minded

faust2097 Casio PRX-7000T (466 comments)

The Casio ProTrek PRX-7000T is a good candidate, it's solar, sets itself from an atomic clock signal automatically and has altimeter/barometer, compass and thermometer. It's also their first all-analog version. It's a bit expensive at $1500 but it should come down a bit if it gets release outside of Japan.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOPaj5BW-Zg

Alternately you could get one with a slide rule like a Citizen Skyhawk A-T which could be had for under $500. It's atomic solar as well and has a bunch of other features.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDoBAT57hII

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good, Relevant Usability Book?

faust2097 Re:Sure... (173 comments)

Norman is great for theory but if you actually need to, like, build real software there's a lot of stuff that's more practical. I like Krug's Don't Make Me Think, 37Signals' Defensive Design for the Web, LukeW's form design book and the Oreilly Designing Interfaces book. Make sure to read Apple's UI guidelines for MacOS and iOS even if you're not developing for those platforms. They're free and have a good intro-level explanation of a lot of basic software usability concepts.

Norman, Nielsen and Cooper are fun reads but offer little in the way of actual solutions (because those books mostly exist to promote their consultancies).

IAAUID (I am a UI Designer)

more than 2 years ago
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Is Canonical the Next Apple?

faust2097 Back in the real world... (511 comments)

Read this:
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel/2011-April/032988.html
and then have a good laugh about this whole line of thought. Canonical is an effort to make a more usable default Linux desktop but they have one major problem (and many minor ones): Mark Shuttleworth is a terrible UI designer and either all the designers he employs are terrible as well, nobody at canonical is willing to stand up to him or he's not willing to take feedback from the designers he employs. Making a cargo cult hybrid of OS X and Windows 7 isn't going to do anyone any good.

Even the article doesn't get it, it assumes that Apple is successful because they "dumbed down UNIX".

more than 3 years ago
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Japan's Elderly Nix Robot Helpers

faust2097 Well (200 comments)

They could always lift the xenophobic near-total ban on foreigners working in their country but that would be preposterous!

more than 3 years ago
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Arrington Responds To the JooJoo, Files Suit

faust2097 If we ignore him will he go away? (91 comments)

Wasn't the entire point of the CrunchPad to show how Michael Arrington was smarter than the entire consumer electronics industry and to highlight how he's a brilliant, super connected Silicon Valley darling? The FusionGarage guys seem to have a pretty good point in that Arringon apparently never delivered on his promised to hook them up with VC and supplier contacts.

Techcrunch is the Drudge Report of tech blogs and Arrington is a douche who seems to piss off every person he encounters.

more than 4 years ago
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EBay Deal Irritates Individual Sellers

faust2097 Re:Duh (382 comments)

why are they abandoning the business that made them successful in the first place?

When you're a publicly traded company in today's market being profitable isn't enough. You need to be more and more profitable year after year or else your stock tanks.

more than 6 years ago

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