Category Archives: Red Ramblings

Rants, observations and general commentary about life not involving usability.

One hand?

Just saw this on Twitter. Is it true that most of you young pups use only one hand when on your phone? Every time I see my 17 year-old do that I yell at her. With the size and bulk of these new “phablets” it just seems like its begging for a cracked screen.

However, I am always a bit paranoid every time I have my phone out and I’m walking around… even if it is in an Otterbox.

one hand

Because “flapping” in the breeze just wasn’t enough…?

Not really sure how I feel about this one.

On the one hand, it’s cool that they have tech that can do this.

On the other, isn’t this basically the Webster’s definition of “tacky” and “disrespectful”?

This is curious new technology; imagine the US Flag being able to play the National Anthem from the flagpole! How scientists turned a flag into a loudspeaker MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY EAST LANSING, Mich. – A paper-thin, flexible device created at Michigan State University not only can generate energy from human motion, it can act as […]

via New Tech: US flag could act as a speaker to play the National Anthem — Watts Up With That?

Happy Mother’s Day

I never know if it’s “Mothers” (all mothers) or “Mother’s” (my mother)… but either way Happy M Day to all you moms out their.

At this stage in life I have to wish it to two amazing women; the one who gave me life and the one who gave that life meaning in the form of my little girl.

I (and probably all men as a rule) don’t say it enough, but THANK YOU. You’ve long put up with my crap and never once followed through on your threats to kill me.

I would go into some long, sappy essay on a mother’s love but I have to go kill a bug in the kitchen. Good to know I’ve still got some usefulness around here.

 

-J

Finally, sneakers for me and my bad knees.

I saw this story and thought “It’s about 30 years too late, but hallelujah.” You see, I don’t merely have flat feet… I have planks bolted to my ankles. I have zero arch. Add that to time spent in the Army where your 2-mile run time is more important than your range score and my knees are shot. I would have loved to have a pair of these bad boys back in the mid-to-late 80’s.

Altra’s Torin IQ were inevitable. Sensors integrated into articles of clothing have long been acknowledged to be the next step in wearable tech, and the Utah-based footwear maker just happened to beat most of its competition to the finish line with a pair of running shoes that bake tracking directly into the sole. But unlike…

via Smart running shoes won’t make you faster, but they could help you avoid getting hurt — TechCrunch

For the paranoid in all of us…

From televisions to toasters, all kinds of devices are getting hooked up to the Internet. That’s bringing convenience, like air conditioning systems that can be activated remotely while you’re on your way home from work. But it’s also bringing new privacy concerns, as anything connected to the Internet tends to attract the attention of hackers.…

via 7 Easy Ways to Stop Your Gadgets From Spying on You — Tech – TIME

Quick Update and New Section

Happy March 1st… where it hit 80 here yesterday. Hope you didn’t have any plans for winter because apparently it was cancelled.

Just a couple of news bits to relate.

First, I’ve been SICK as a dog for the last week. I felt ick on Friday and then Saturday standing in the kitchen I could actually feel the moment where I slid over the edge between “I don’t feel too good” to “Awww crap. Kill me now.”  Tomorrow is the first time I will be leaving the house this week as a result.

Which brings me to point two. The reason I’m going out at less than 100% (closer to 75% to be honest) is that I have an interview with a well respected company and the job is to “find the next big thing”. It’s basically an in-house think-tank for their industry. How cool is that? No way a virus, cough, steroids, codeine laced cough syrup and all the rest will keep me from going after this. Fortunately they were kind enough to postpone it from Monday to tomorrow.

A big part of my role there would apparently be ADA evaluation, including Sec 508 compliance. I’ve done this stuff in the past and kept up on it, but since my last job was tweaking a long-existing platform I decided to place it safe and look through some of my favorite resources on the subject for a quick brush-up.

That’s when I realized they’d be a very good addition to Red Paint. So, on the right there is now a new section specifically for useful ADA information. Like I do with the UX blogs I’ll try to keep it as updated as possible.

Wish me luck tomorrow!

-J