Some people at Fast Company had a go at using only one browser tab at a time – for a whole week. The premise behind this challenge is that multitasking rarely works–yes, we can walk and talk at the same time, but when we’re quickly shifting between email, filling out spreadsheets, and checking our Twitter, […]
Macrons are the little lines on top of a vowel that indicate it should be pronounced long rather than short. If you’re not sure where to use macrons when typing Māori, try the Māori Dictionary (there’s also an app). Tom Robinson has advice for how to use macrons in html/xhtml. Below are a couple of ways to […]
Browsing the NZ Gazette, the government’s official newspaper, I came across a parcel of new official geographic names being approved and one or two discontinued. This happens fairly often and this Land Information New Zealand page is a good place to get a heads-up. There’s also plenty of detail on the naming process, including a […]
The theft of the personal data of 4.5 million patients of a US hospital chain prompted Bloomberg to look at the Top 10 Data Breaches of all time. In their story, they wrote: “The recent attack has gained notoriety for its methods, rather than its size — the hacking group has been prolific in attacking […]
Apps come and go so fast I’ve forgotten how I used to ‘read’ the internet. So, for future reference, here’s How I Read the Internet – on my laptop – in December 2013. Cross-posted on Medium.
I feel like I’ve always ‘known’ that it’s bad to drink seawater but I can’t remember ever learning why. This excerpt from Rose George’s excellent ‘90% of Everything: Inside Shipping‘ gives a fair idea: In a lecture to the Royal College of Physicians in 1942, MacDonald Critchley, a physician who had studied survival […]
Wish my maths teachers had been this poetic. A fantastic explanation of logarithms from Vi Hart. Via Cory Doctorow on BoingBoing.
This is a spectogram of a dial-up modem handshake sound. Via FlowingData. When I plugged in my first modem for the first time I heard this sound sequence and thought something was broken. Took me a few goes to figure out it was supposed to sound like this. Finally got connected and discovered bulletin boards. […]
I’m liking these simple (but clever) illustrations from visual and interaction designer Ed Lea. The first gives a visual explanation of how content differs on desktop, tablet and mobile. The second illustrates the difference between UX (User Experience) and UI (User Interface). Ed Lea is on Medium and on Twitter @ed_lea.
From a Mike O’Donnell column on stuff.co.nz, some sage advice on being careful with browser add-ons and extensions: 1. If you start seeing weird or inappropriate ads on websites there’s a fair chance you’ve been targeted. You should go to your “options” menu in Internet Explorer (or “extensions” in Chrome) and disable recent extensions. 2. […]