Progress bars rarely work. A bar displaying a percentage of completed tasks gives the user an often false idea of how much time is left. Unfortunately, as is pointed out in the comments of silentk’s blog post on the subject, the percentage of tasks completed does not tell how processor-intensive the remainder of the tasks… Continue reading Progress bars
At Google they seem to know how to make good mobile applications. After getting a hint from a friend via email, I installed Google’s latest mobile map software on my Nokia 6233 phone. Initially I ran into some trouble — for some strange reason the UI was all in German! Perhaps they thought that wouldn’t… Continue reading Google Maps for mobiles – very nice!
If you’ve seen Apple’s I’m a Mac / I’m a PC -videos, you might find these amusing. Looks like Novell is behind some of them.
I’m really pleasantly suprised how well the desktop effects in Ubuntu Feisty work. They’re supposedly still pretty experimental, but the default compiz effects run just fine on my 4-year-old HP laptop with Mobile Radeon 9000 w/32 MB VRAM. And I’m using the open source ‘radeon’ driver. Obviously I’d get seriously better performance on a more… Continue reading Compiz goodness
In the last two years, I’ve been writing in both English and Finnish on my personal website, Hopeapuu. The vast majority of posts have been in Finnish, however, and most of them not tech-related. Lately I’ve been writing a lot about Ubuntu and usability related stuff, and decided it was time to start a separate… Continue reading Forking out