Web Apps

The PC is still alive, and Windows 8 hasn’t killed anything

This week seems to be a hatefest towards Windows 8 and the PC. GigaOM has a post titled “The PC market is a horror show right now”, CBC reported that “PC sales plunge as Windows 8 flops”, and finally there is a post on The Motley Fool that chimes in “Microsoft’s Windows 8 has failed,…

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April 12, 2013

The Demise of Firefox?

Is Firefox really on the verge of death? Is its life span dwindling? Is it hanging on the balance and ready to topple over? These are the absolute questions in my mind as I do this write up. With some years of operation in the market as a browsing platform, I am definitely convinced that…

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March 12, 2013

Apple Tablet Confirmed by The Wall Street Journal

It is almost certain a new device is going to be unveiled next week. We’ve heard many name variations such as iSlate and iPad –both are Apple’s registered trademarks– Apple Tablet, etc. It seems like Apple’s plans are big this time; they aim to re-shape the publishing industry (which is in an apparent crisis) as they once…

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January 21, 2010

Google Chrome Beta for Mac speed test

Safari is the fastest browser on a Mac platform, approximately 12% faster than Chrome Beta according to Computerworld. Chrome easily leaves behind FireFox and Opera in JavaScript rendering performance. On the Windows platform Chrome 3.0 shines as the fastest browser, leaving Safari behind. We might expect a speed boost in the final version of Chrome…

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December 10, 2009

Usability over Aesthetics

I really admire good design, a tasteful colour palette and the fine finish of all UI elements. But Google pays no attention to any of it. Their design is completely data driven and they are known for things like testing 64 shades of blue for few months before deciding on the colour of the box…

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November 10, 2009

TweetBoard Alpha

TweetBoard makes Twitter available right on your website. The window is dynamic and doesn’t get in the way. It seems to be very cool and usable way to facilitate your marketing efforts and may be even communicate with your customers. We are awaiting alpha testing approval and will let you know about integration process and…

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Website Link colour

Surveys shows that average users still prefers blue text links over other colours even if they are consistent across the site. This probably doesn’t apply to web apps such as intranet sites, gmail, etc., that users use on daily basis.

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November 4, 2009

Gmail Tasks Usable Feature - Outliner

Gmail Tasks has one very useful feature. It is an outliner that lets you organize tasks into discrete sections that are related in a tree structure or hierarchy. As much as I love OS X Mail and iCal, the ability to quickly break any task into sub-tasks makes a big difference in usability.

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October 25, 2009