Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Don Norman - Business of Software Conference Talk

In my first year of university, one of the first subjects used a book called 'The Design of Everyday Things' by Don Norman. It was an interesting look at the design of normal objects and some of the mistakes made by designers when it comes to interface design.

Last year Don Norman was a speaker at the Business of Software Conference. This post from the Business of Software blog includes his presentation from the conference. Well worth watching for anybody in the software development field.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Gigapixel Photos

Gigapixel images are large images made using special panoramic camera rigs.  Images are created from 100's and 1000's of individual images taken using a digital cameraand stitched together using panorama software.

The Gigapan website includes a large number of images and the tools required to build your own gigapixel images.

 This is a really interesting technology and could have uses other than just for landscape photographs. Imagine a photo of an item that you could zoom into to see detail. For example a circuit board would be visible at both the high level as well as at a very macro level to show traces and connects.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Google Wave is being discontinued.

According to the Official Google Blog, Google Wave will no longer be developed as a standalone product. Although the product was reasonably well received internally and by Google fans it never managed to be embraced by the general public.

The underlying technology will continue to be developed as part of other products and the site will be maintained till at least the end of the year.

For more information refer to the Official Google Blog post.