Hacky discovery

A few weeks ago I discovered a website called Home Hacks and I have to say it’s a pretty slick idea. It’s an offshoot of one my favorite blogs in the whole wide world Apartment Therapy.

It’s has a great mix of household improvement tips, a healthy dose of eco geek chic and design-yness of course.

My favorite combination!

Some notable posts which caught my attention:

Check it out to see what I mean.  Let me know what your impressions are.

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The Facebook “Unlike” Syndrome

Just last week Facebook started rolling out its latest redesign and for all it’s worth I like it. I think it’s more intuitive and it’s definitely a better and a smarter layout.

However I seem to be in the minority among my non-geek Facebook friends.

As we all know by now; every time (and I mean every time) Facebook releases a new layout or a feature change, a small but very loud minority whine and complain about how they hate it. Let’s be clear, hate is a huge word and I don’t think it applies here.

Over the last two years, Facebook has become a hyper personal experience for most of its users and I believe these users are very attached to it – perhaps too much. Hence all the negative emotional outpouring and haters when something changes.

Here’s what I think. people are reacting in a negative manner to the displacement of “their” buttons and re-arrangement of “their” layout.

“How dare you change my Facebook – Put it back the way it was – Now!”

I believe that most people have trained themselves to use Facebook in a certain way (their way) and now their “work flow” isn’t like it was a week ago. Cue the hater mode. And the whole thing is suddenly turned to crap. It’s as if they shut down and their brain can’t handle the extra pressure of The Unknown. When the reality is that all they’ve got to do is look around and explore. This should be fun and it just isn’t and that’s really too bad.

At the same time we all should realize that life and goodness knows, the internet, goes through constant change everyday and if it didn’t it wouldn’t follow its true organic nature. I use the words “organic nature” here because the Internet is an living and evolving extension of our selves. I like to think we’ve come a long way from Geocities.

If Facebook didn’t change it would be… MySpace.  Sure there are still many MySpace users (about about 125 million) but it’s no secret users have been leaving the site over the last few years because it just doesn’t change at least it didn’t change enough. Ironic, eh?

Facebook, as I have noticed, is always setting us up for the next development phase. They aren’t dumb. They know that in order not to become the next MySpace, they need to aim ahead (way ahead) and towards their next development plateau.  They, as with all businesses, know they cannot rest on their laurels and remain satisfied with the status quo. They are building and when you build you often reinforce, restructure and rearrange. Facebook equally knows that if they don’t do it – someone else will and better. In fact, that lesson isn’t only reserved for businesses (at least is shouldn’t be), as human beings we should also seek (want to seek) to be better than we are today.

Maybe the bigger question is not why do you hate the new Facebook so much as why do you become a hater when things change and that’s a question I can’t answer.

What are your thoughts on this?

Slow and focused wins the game iPad

Just my observation but I believe the iPad will be a long term success story much like the iPod was and remember that changed everything.

People (which include TV, Film and Print industry people) are much too much into immediate gratification. They have to help out in reaching that sweet spot. It’s not up to Apple to hand it over on a silver platter. Apple has simply provided the vehicle to achieve it.

iPad is an advance in technology that we don’t understand yet.  I am confident that this will be revolutionary for the future of the print and rich media industry.

That’s all I have to say 🙂

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All will be revealed on January 27

It’s finally official – January 27, 2010 will be THE day that Apple announces it’s latest creation at a special event in San Francisco.

Am I Curious? Hell YES!

I predict a new iPhone OS 4.0, iLife ’10 and integration of all those components in this “newest creation”.

What do you think it will be called?  iSlate? Macbook Tablet? Apple Canvas (if you interpret the invite design)?

Let me know what your guess is.

Big Trend for 2010 – eBook Readers!

I was looking at some CES highlights and one thing (okay 2 things) were obvious to me.  One: 3D TV’s but that’s not what this post is about, and Two: eBook Readers!

At CES this year, there were no less than 11 eBook Reader offerings.  Here’s the breakdown:

  • E6 and E101 – Samsung
  • FLEPia – Fujitsu
  • iRiver
  • DMC Copia Reader
  • Entourage eDge
  • Alex eReader – Spring Designs
  • Skiff
  • Que – Plastic Logic
  • Hanvon
  • Amazon Kindle and Kindle DX (Now available on a Global scale)
  • Intereads – Cool-ER

Wow!  Add the rumored Apple tablet to that and that means lots of choices.  Yes this might mean confusion, but with this kind of competition, it’s the consumer that wins out.

I am more an audiobook reader but I still wonder who will win out in the end.

Here’s a link to Macworld’s article which covers the basics on each.

Which one do you think will win?  Do you agree that eBook Readers are the future of the publishing industry?  Let me know what you think.

gdgt gets another girl to join

Just joined the very cool gadget review, forum and community site gdgt – am probably one of a handful of girls signed up and I am just fine with that!

Here’s what is on my lists… more to come in the Want List 🙂

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