Kids should learn programming!

Blogger Nico Lumma recently published a rant on Handelsblatt about Germany (and probably other countries) are wasting time by not letting children learn to program in school. There have been initiatives like http://code.org/ to promote »coding« as a basic skill of the...

Fargo: Outliner for Bloggers!

Finally! Fargo is an online tool for writing in outlines to a WordPress blog. Very good. Outlining has been underestimated as a writing tool – but there was barely any way to edit content without a desktop software – like OmniOutliner – this way. I...
I finally switched to WordPress

I finally switched to WordPress

After a long time of consideration I turned over to WordPress for this weblog and I will not be using Tinderbox to blog here anymore. Tinderbox is a great software for thinking and writing – and I love to have a more graphical/visual note taking approach to...

Personas? Yes… influence group thinking!

Jason Fried from 37signals argues against the use of Personas. Personas don’t talk back. Personas can’t answer questions. Personas don’t have opinions. Personas can’t tell you when something just doesn’t feel right. This is a pretty...

Getting Things Done tools

The book »Getting Things Done« by David Allen is a bestseller. It offers a strategy of how to prioritize things you have to do. It is a combination of a tracking device (like a box of notes) and a routine of how to use that device. I am running my own...

Navigation blindness

This article by Henrik Olsen suggests to design navigation systems in webistes to be much more prominent: Most web development projects put a lot of effort into the design of navigation tools. But fact is that people tend to ignore these tools. They are fixated on...

Knowledge tools

I think it is pretty remarkable how many applications have appeared that could help people to capture creative thinking. Here is a selection (I restrict it mostly to OS X applications): Graphing Inspiration: a powerful mind mapping and concept mapping application...

Findability.org

Peter Morville on findability.org: Ambient findability describes a world in which we can find anyone or anything from anywhere at anytime. And Al Abut posts a comment on that site: You know what would help me with the findability of your site updates? An RSS/Atom...