UI things.

I care a lot about design things. It’s part of caring about details, to me, and also caring about user experience. I’m not formally trained, but you don’t need two years of school to figure out that doors that say push, but have a pull handle, are confusing and annoying. (On the other hand, this […]

Two Google reader annoyances

Two things Google reader does wrong (in my opinion): If two of your friends have shared the same post, it appears twice in your shared items. If you follow a blog that one of your friends has shared a post from, you see both the blog post and the shared post. I can see why […]

Trust Google Maps

[Didn’t post this because I kept thinking I would add pictures, but it might as well be accessible while I fail to do so.] A few weeks ago after work I was going to Merit Vegetarian Restaurant (548 Lawrence Expwy, Sunnyvale, CA). I asked Google Maps how to get there, since I haven’t been there […]

Privacy, Accessibility, and Notability

As a result of some long-ago and more recent conversations with smart friends of mine, I came up with some interesting thoughts about privacy. I don’t fully understand the legal umbrella of privacy, but it seems to me that there are a few distinct concepts that it would be useful to introduce into quasi-legal/common-sense discussions […]

Why does everyone love Gmail themes?

I hate them. Why does everyone talking about them on the internet seem to love them, except one guy who twittered that he hates them? Oh, and someone who thinks the “older version” solves it. No it doesn’t; the older version doesn’t have chat! Dear Google, Please give me back my old Gmail (with chat, […]

{City} Caltrain on Google

This is super cool. Type in “{City} Caltrain” in Google Maps where X is a city name with a Caltrain station and you get a map with a pic of the station, indications of the time of next 6 trains, their type (Bullet, Limited, Local), and their final destination (SF, SJ, Tamien, or Gilroy). Pretty […]