PDF's are a Pain in the Butt

PDF’s are a Pain in the ButtLiteracy Weblog) On WebWord, I found a link to a PDF advocate’s lame critique of Jakob Nielsen. It’s an attempt to sidestep Nielsen’s usabilty observations by mounting an ad hominem attack. It’s becoming fashionable to pick on Jakob Nielsen these days, due to his visibility and the shift in his website towards self-promotion, but for the record, I do think PDF’s are a pain…

Report Review: Nielsen/Norman Group's Usability Return on Investment

“Although it does make a reasonable anecdotal case for investing in usability, the report methodology is so fundamentally flawed that any financial analyst worth her salt would immediately question its findings. Very simply, the authors do not make a strong business case for usability?a requirement for passing the muster with the accountants and senior managers who have ultimate accountability for profit and loss in a business.” Peter Merholz and Scott…

The Problem with FX

“In the visual-effects community, ILM’s Hulk was seen as a major achievement: the life in the creature’s eyes, the way light played naturally off its skin, its synthesis into its surroundings, all were deemed first-rate. Film critics, however, panned not only the movie but ILM’s work. The monster didn’t look real. Case closed.” Devin Gordon –The Problem with FX (M$NBC) Hollywood’s waste of technology is following the same path worn by…

Face It

“Is the skeleton still hiding in the closet as it should, Is the needle in the haystack, are the trees still in the wood? Is the worm still in the apple, are you merrier if more, Are the birds still in the bushes and the wolf yet at the door?” Jim Eccleston –Face It (The Electric Eclectic) Jim writes in praise \Of trite cliches.

Refereed Journals: Do They Insure Quality or Enforce Orthodoxy?

“[P]prior to the Second World War the refereeing process, even where it existed, had very little effect on the publication of novel ideas, at least in the field of physics. But in the last several decades, many outstanding scientists have complained that their best ideas? the very ideas that brought them fame?were rejected by the refereed journals. Thus, prior to the Second World War, the refereeing process worked primarily to…

Did you hear the one about men hunting women with paintballs?

–Did you hear the one about men hunting women with paintballs? (Sun-Sentinel) Good post-mortem of the whole ridiculous “Hunting for Bambi” scenario. It’s amazing how gullible people are. I still can’t believe the “There will be no bananas in 10 years” story because I first heard it around the time I heard the “Blondes will become extinct” story.

The Semantic Web

“Most of the Web’s content today is designed for humans to read, not for computer programs to manipulate meaningfully. Computers can adeptly parse Web pages for layout and routine processing?here a header, there a link to another page?but in general, computers have no reliable way to process the semantics: this is the home page of the Hartman and Strauss Physio Clinic, this link goes to Dr. Hartman’s curriculum vitae. |…