29 Jun

What is Leszynski inTegrate?

This application lets you create forms in Visual Studio with a tablet PC or pointing device. I’d love to see such an app work on top of Powerpoint and Visio for rapid but clean-looking visual prototyping with my new Aiptek Hyperpen tablet. The fact is, I can’t draw straight lines but I find early propotyping with the mouse slow. Besides we’re a 100% virtual team so we can’t use a whiteboard (drool) to share ideas with my partners. For now I’ll probably use my tablet for simple screenshot anotation (a la E-Quill).

28 Jun

Expandable/Collapsible Content


"Sometimes content itself, not presentation or navigation, brings a subtle usability challenge. When page text is unavoidably long and complex, the mass of material can lead to confusion through a loss of context. Dense legal or technical documents are prone to this problem. One way to manage such text is to expose just what’s needed, hiding sections beneath expandable headings."

Just in case we decide to do this with some of our navigation options. Not sure it’s a good idea though. Will have to put thinking cap on.

26 Jun

This is Intolerable!

It’s an absolute abuse of power that the new Google toolbar doesn’t let you post to Radio Userland. It’s so unfair.
Ok, I’m just kidding. That’s actually a good idea to be able to post to Blogger from Google’s toolbar. Business is all about building an unfair advantage.
06/27/03 update: I knew it! Dave Winer’s reaction was utterly predictable, but even perfectly reasonable people like Anil have strange ideas about personal property. "Utility company," "regulation"? What’s that nonsense, Google is a private company and your competitor, not a benevolent government agency for chrissakes. One thing to do would be to work with Alltheweb and their toolbar, and let Google look like a closed company and feature laggard. Wishful socialist whining is not going to help. Anil was smarter when he pointed his readers to Google’s feedback bug form, which I filled in as an MT user. Google will listen to customers, not competitors.
In other news, Microsoft won its appeal in the case against Sun, and they won’t be forced to load Java with Windows. Here too, second place is the first loser, and any amount of moaning is not going to change marketplace reality. Yeah, yeah, monopoly blah blah blah, Google and Microsoft rule their markets for good reasons, deal with it.
06/30/03 update: Anil clarifies (he’s not a commie after all!) I took his joke very seriously because I think astroturf agitprop is fun (and I like the phrase "astroturf agitprop" too much not to post it).

25 Jun

Shamelessly Commercializing Weblogging to a B2B Audience

Yes, we are taking Andy Bourland out of blissful early retirement and back into the action. We had kind of a PR misfire, but it’s not the end of the world and we’ll make do. It’s a fun experiment depending on how you look at it.
There’s more to this story than what has been reported so far. Andy has some details, more to come next week and as the summer unfolds. I’m big on co-designing online services with their customers, so if aggregated news and analysis about internet marketing can help you do your job better, I want to hear from you.

21 Jun

Collaborating on Collaboration

Smart Solutions:

"The makers of Groove and SharePoint designed them to address different customer needs, and their resulting architectural differences are more complementary than competitive. Groove was designed to support personally-controlled collaboration in an edge/client-distributed model (with optional enterprise integration), readily supporting secure collaboration among decentralized, dynamic teams. SharePoint primarily is focused on enterprise collaboration with a more document-centric, centralized architectural model. It’s worthwhile to look at the ways in which Groove and SharePoint are similar, how they differ, and to summarize the current and likely future Groove/Microsoft relationship from a customer perspective."