Notes from Prof. Dipl.-Des. Oliver Wrede

  • Using HTML wireframes and prototypes

    “Julie Stanford has written an excellent article on using HTML for wireframes and prototypes. In it, she clearly sells the benefits of this approach, and addresses some of the common concerns.” (via schockwellenreiter)

  • ‘Gadget printer’ promises industrial revolution

    “The idea of printing a light bulb may seem bizarre, but US engineers are now developing an ink-jet printing technology to do just that. The research at the University of California in Berkeley will allow fully assembled electric and electronic gadgets to be printed in one go.”

  • Critical Safari bug?

    This german Mac site claims to have reports of Mac users that lost their complete home directory when using Safari for downloading files from the Internet. I haven’t seen this bug while using Safari, but if that report is true this would really be »keynote stopper« regarding the fact that +300.000 users have downloaded Safari…

  • ‘Special Ops’ gets OK to initiate its own missions — The Washington Times

    Washington Times: “Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld announced yesterday he has given new power to the nation’s covert warriors to kill and capture al Qaeda operatives and other terrorists.” I think there have been very good reasons to control the work of special ops units in the past. I don’t think that has changed much.

  • Switcher

    John Robb, COO of Userland, and Eliotte Rusty Harold, the Java and XML authority, are notable converts to Mac OS X today. (via Marek’s Weblog)

  • 3flex

    Chris Langreiter releases 3flex – a mind mapping tool similar to Tinderbox. It is based on Rebol.

  • Instant Messaging in the Workplace

    Ellen Isaacs, Alan Walendowski, Steve Whittaker, Diane J. Schiano & Candace Kamm about the character, functions, and styles of Instant Messaging in the workplace: We found evidence of two distinct styles of use. Heavy IM users and frequent IM partners mainly used it to work together: to discuss a broad range of topics via many…

  • Apple going to charge for iApps?

    This cNet article claims to have sources saying Apple is going to charge for its free iApps and/or iApp upgrades. This potentially will encourage developers to come up with cheaper alternatives, but I think the free iApps was one of the striking arguments for PC users to switch to Mac. In the end developers AND…

  • G4 noise

    Apple users are bothered with the noise of the new G4 desktops (five fans scream at a noise of 63 dB at you). They created a website to push Apple to reduce noise in their machines.

  • Momento Mori – Death and Photography in Nineteenth Century America

    Memento mori photography exhibition: »A memento mori is a form of image that urged a European person of the late Middle Ages to “remember thy death.” To do this, a memento mori might represent death as a human skeleton — perhaps as the Grim Reaper gathering his harvest — or it might depict human bodies…

  • Creative Commons Weblog

    Creative Commons has an own weblog now.

  • Bridgeville?

    I really wonder who bought this town in California for 1,7 million dollar at eBay.

  • Microsoft buying Macromedia?

    According to the Register, Microsoft is lining up to buy Macromedia. Dave Winer thinks that it’s Flash they want. That would really be a push back.

  • adds Mac OS X section

    This is very good! Versiontracker and MacUpdate were the sources of choice when a Mac user wanted to get updates on new software.

  • Changed to news items

    I decided to change this site to a news items site for a while. I’m going to test NetNewsWire Pro to add comments. I use NetNewsWire to track news and the new version includes a weblog editor that allows me to directly post without using the browser or Radio Userland.

  • EspressoBlog

    EspressoBlog is an application for Mac OS X 10.2 »Jaguar« (there is no Windows version, and will not be one) written in Cocoa (Screen Shots). It allows a user to post to a Movable Type-powered weblog from the comfort and convenience of their Mac. Theoretically, it would also work for those who use Blogger, but…

  • New Amazon Patents on Content Personalization

    Slashdot: “Defending its decision to concoct recommendations to steer customers to buy items at Amazon’s new Apparel Store, a spokeswoman said Amazon “felt it would be evident to people that since the store was so new, we wouldn’t have the transaction history to create database similarities.” But in this just-published patent applicaton, Amazon earlier told…

  • Bochs PC-Emulator

    Version 2.0 now available: “Bochs is a portable x86 PC emulation software package that emulates enough of the x86 CPU, related AT hardware, and BIOS to run Windows, Linux, *BSD, Minix, and other OS’s, all on your workstation.” […] “Macintosh users will be happy to find binaries for MacOSX and MacOS9. Also we now support…

  • The Value of Reputation on eBay: A Controlled Experiment

    This study examines the effect of reputation on profits on eBay.

  • Very Escher-like Flash Animation

    People do funny things with Flash.

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