30 August 2009

If Architects Had to Work Like Web Designers

Filed under: Computers,Rants,Technology

It’s just like this working in software development sometimes. That’s why requirements are SO important.

“Please design and build me a house. I am not quite sure of what I need, so you should use your discretion. My house should have somewhere between two and forty-five bedrooms. Just make sure the plans are such that the bedrooms can be easily added or deleted. When you bring the blueprints to me, I will make the final decision of what I want. Also, bring me the cost breakdown for each configuration so that I can arbitrarily pick one.”

Read the rest here.

via Digital Survivors

21 July 2009

Thought for the day…

Filed under: Rants

Note to usability professionals everywhere: Don’t bother putting a “single page” button on a 2 page article by the “Next” button.

Kthxbye!

14 February 2009

Sure, you bought that, but you don’t own it.

Apple Wants To Make Jailbreaking Worthy Of Jail Time, $2500 Fine

News broke yesterday that Apple filed an objection with the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s filing with the Copyright office that the government should allow iPhone owners to change the phone’s software, or “jailbreak” the phone. This stems from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (and don’t even get me started on that) which bans people from breaking technical protections for copyrighted materials (DVD encryption, for instance).

According to the above NY Times article:

“Apple argues that its copyright is infringed, in part because its reputation and potential to profit from iPhone sales in the future is hurt because jailbroken phones may be more subject to bugs and security flaws.”

Wait, what? Who really owns the phone? You bought it, they got their money, what business is it of theirs what you do with it? They can’t tell me that I can’t install Linux and Windows on my MacBook (which I have), why can they say that you can’t change the iPhone to have applications that they don’t deem “appropriate”?

Let’s look at this from another point:

Can Dodge tell me that I can’t put a different stereo in my car? No.

Can Cuisinart tell me what kind of coffee I can put in my coffee maker? No.

Can Moleskine tell me that the words I write in their notebooks have to be pure and to their specifications so as not to damage their “chain of trust”? Of course not.

I am so tired of companies (even ones whose products I use and enjoy, Apple), trying to squeeze every last effin’ dollar out of you any way that they can. People paid for the damn phone, they own it. If it breaks in four years after the warranty is expired, don’t expect Apple to buy them a new phone, because it’s not their problem. But if you install a piece of software on the damned thing that they don’t approve of they can send you to JAIL?

This country needs a slap to the head and an enema, stat.

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