Chase that happy

Okay so what are you gonna do? What are your options? You can wait until something else you watch on your computer makes you feel that way or you can go out and chase it. … You know, sometimes when I’m not happy—which is a lot by the way—I chase that happy. … To chase your happy you kind of become a scientist that looks for clues to your happy right where you are....

May 28, 2013 · 1 min

Don’t ever guess, just learn

Don’t ever guess, just learn. It’s just a waste of time to guess. Most of our meetings are big sort of guess-a-thons. “Well I think in three weeks, we could do that.” “Oh, I think that this might work.” “Oh, I think that the users will prefer this over that.” These are things that you probably hear a thousand times, every day at work....

May 8, 2013 · 1 min

Falcon Pro now priced at $132 to dissuade new downloads

The Verge: [That] figure will be high enough to dissuade most sensible human beings from hitting the “buy” button while allowing Vergès to keep serving his current users with new features and bug fixes. “I’ll keep updating the app, simply because I want to use it as my main client, and I refuse to use an outdated client,” he wrote on Twitter. According to the developer, pleas for Twitter to grant him extra tokens have thus far been shot down....

February 26, 2013 · 1 min

Finally Tinkering With The Nexus Q

I was fortunate enough to attend Google I/O 2012 back in June of 2012 (thanks Shopify!). One of the perks beyond the great sessions was receiving the Nexus Q, a device who’s actual release has been cancelled. It was, at the time, kind of neat, though spartan in terms of features: Android users can play music and YouTube videos to it over WiFi. That’s it. Under the hood, however, the device is running a full install of Android 4....

January 6, 2013 · 3 min

The Relatable Fallibility of Roddenberry's Humanity in STNG

I’ve started watching Star Trek: The Next Generation from the beginning again. Instead of just enjoying it as a nostalgic trip through my childhood, I’ve been trying to actively watch what’s happening in the show. I’ve noticed a number of personality and behaviour patterns that totally clash with how I remember each character as a child. Bear with me as I review what the first half of STNG’s first season was like a second time around....

January 4, 2013 · 3 min

Creating With Future Use Cases In Mind

We design and create interfaces with the user in mind. How does the user complete the task of composing an email? How does the user save a webpage to her bookmarks? In particularly complex systems, sometimes the solution involves examining more than just how a user can complete a single task, but how the system as a whole supports (or doesn’t support) certain actions. In this way, you’re creating a user interface that allows the user to complete their task in potentially myriad ways, not only what you intended....

June 4, 2012 · 4 min

Why MG Siegler Hates Android

parislemon: Why do I hate Android? It’s definitely one of the questions I get asked most often these days. And most of those that don’t ask probably assume it’s because I’m an iPhone guy. People see negative take after negative take about the operating system and label me as “unreasonable” or “biased” or worse. I should probably explain. Believe it or not, I actually don’t hate Android....

January 10, 2012 · 1 min

Phoning it in: Why Google Wants Out of the Phone OS Race

This post, as a piece written for this personal blog, is designed to be sensationalist. As with all of my posts here, opinions expressed here are my own, not my employer (or friends, for that matter). The posts are designed to stir discussion and start a conversation; this post is no different. If you haven’t had a chance to glance at the title of this, please take a moment to do so....

October 31, 2011 · 6 min

Making the Best Use of Your Tools

I’m a huge fan of video games. The other day, I finally got a chance to sit down with the demo for The Gunstringer. I’ve been looking forward to this title since it was first announced, and downloaded it when it was released but never tried it. First off, I was able to sit down with the game rather than stand, which is unique to the title! That was a pleasant change, as most of the other Kinect titles I’ve played involve some form of mild gymnastics, and aren’t designed to be played for long periods of time....

September 14, 2011 · 3 min

Attitude and Tone Are King

With the explosion of applications and brands, I, like all humans in commercial society, have gravitated towards preferring some over others. In other news, the sky is blue and water is wet. I’ve found myself really enjoying using and discussing these applications with my peers, trading information about how to better use a product, or which one to switch to, even defending one over another. Why do I like talking about them?...

August 2, 2011 · 2 min