Designing for Interaction: Creating Smart Applications and Clever Devices
Workshop by Dan Saffer who literally wrote the book on “Designing for Interaction: Creating Smart Applications and Clever Devices“. This all-day workshop will be held in New York, NY on October 25, 2006.
Google Office Updates
This week Google finished integrating its Google Spreadsheet and Writely (aka Google Docs) applications.
Latest Alist Apart Articles
New articles on Working with Others: Accessibility and User Research and The ALA Primer Part Two: Resources For Beginners
The Rise of Flash Video
Article by Tom Green a well-known author of many Flash books and training CDs.
Understanding Ajax: Getting Started
AJAX tutorial for beginners.
The 25 Worst Web Sites by PC World
Microsoft Designs High-Tech School in Philly
Kudos to Microsoft and to Philadelphia School District for pulling this off. Let’s hope that other big cities move in the same direction to rescue their failing public school systems.
Phony Web Design Company Shutdown by U.S. Court
Beware if some web design company calls you to setup your web site for free. If you accept their “no-obligation” free-trial offer, you will pay an arm and a leg at the end of the month.
Web Builder 2.0 Conference
If you want to build rich-interactive web applications or would like to learn how to start, then you might want to take a look at this conference. It will be held from December 4-6, 2006 in Las Vegas, NV.
Amigo is a new service that matches advertisers with online newsletters. Built by the same good people who brought you Drop Send.
Target.com Web Accessibility Lawsuit Gets Green Light
U.S. Judge in California upheld the lawsuit against Target.com. The lawsuit came about because Target.com was not accessible to blind users.
Very neat service that shows you where people are clicking and where they are not on your web site.
Add microformats magic to your site
Article on how and why you should incorporate microformats into your site.
You wanna put your family on the web? Famster is here to help. You can setup a secure web site for your family to share calendars, photos, notes, blog and much more for free. Easy to use and setup.
Pickle Juice (aka new Gatorade competitor)
Yes, pickle juice has all the good stuff you need to hydrate yourself after a heavy workout.
World Usability Day
On November 14, 2006 usability professionals world wide celebrate the World Usability Day. Find out how you can get involved.
Interesting approach to market a university…
Ebay and Google signed a deal this week to work together on text-based and click-to-call advertising online.
Writely is back
Writely is now back and accepts new accounts. Writely is simple and one the best word processing applications online. FYI: Writely was recently acquired by Google.
Got Laptop Batteries?
Both Apple and Dell are recalling millions of laptop batteries that are faulty and that may explode when they are overcharged. Visit Dell or Apple battery recall program web sites to see how you can get your battery repaired. In other news, you are not allowed to use your Dell laptops in airplanes, because of this battery problems.
New Ipod Killer from SanDisk
The new mp3 player from SanDisk, the 8GB Sansa is twice the size of the 4GB Ipod but offers the same price ($249.99). More buck for your money! Also, Dell is now out of the digital music player business. Good for them, they can now focus on making their core products better and safer.
Cybersquaters face Microsoft
Microsoft is taking two cybersquarters to court for registering 400 domain names that have some variation of misspelling of Microsoft products. So if you type in Microfost and you see some silly page, that’s probably the work of these cybersquaters. I salute Microsoft for this move! True story: back couple years ago www.whitehouse.com was actually an adult site with graphic contents that had nothing to do with the White House in Washington, D.C.
Tea is healthier than water?
According to BBC News article drinking tea is much more healthier than water. Well, after reading some of the properties of teas and especially green tea, I am actually convinced these claims might be true.
Tip of the day: If you are trying to eat healthy, then visit whfoods.org, they have a complete library of ‘The World’s Healthiest Foods’ and their properties.
Upcoming Event: The Future of Web Apps Summit
Big pow wow of web application developers in San Francisco from September 13-14 to discuss how they developed their products and the future of web application developement. You will meet and mix with web developers from Yahoo!, Google, Flickr, digg, Newsvine, Drop Send, Technorati, Odeo and others at this event. Register online at summit’s web site.
Would you like your name immortalized in Firefox 2? Then celebrate the World Firefox Day by sending your name or your friend’s name to Mozilla Foundation.
This years ISPCON Conference and Exhibition will take place from May 16-18 at Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD. It is one of the largest events during the year that brings together wired and wireless ISPs to showcase new technologies and trends in the industry.
This year’s Web Visions conference will take place in Portland, Oregon from July 20 to 21, 2006. The conference covers range of topics on design, usability, programming and emerging new technologies. Registration is open now, and you can view the conference speakers and agenda at webvisionsevent.com.
Celebrate Ben Franklin’s 300th birthday in Philadelphia!
Ben Franklin is one of the founding members of this country and is world renown scientist, philosopher, writer, poet, postmaster, statesman…
“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”
For activities in the Philadelphia area, visit Ben’s Birthday Home Page.
If you are a web designer or if you are responsible for your organization’s web site and need to take your skills to the next level, I recommend attending the Web Design World San Francisco 2006 conference and workshops which will be held at Moscone West convention center in San Francisco, from January 30 – February 1, 2006.
I have attended several of these conferences in the past. Honestly, they are one of the best conferences for web design proffesionals. I guarantee, you will not be able to doze off during a session, because these speakers bring you the good stuff that is relevant in all areas of your job (as a web designer, site manager, webmaster, or whatever your title is).
These conferences are really well organized and bring you some new insights from industry leaders on different aspects of web design and usability. The conference keynote speaker Jeffrey Zeldman and other well known speakers will be attending the event.
It is also a great event to network with other colleagues in the web industry. So what are you waiting for?
The 2006 Flashforward Conference and Festival will be held from February 27-March 2, 2006 in Seattle, WA.
The conference brings together great workshops and excellent speakers on Flash, AJAX and Rich Media Development. This annual event is organized by Lynda.com.
The first stop of An Event Apart will be in Philadelphia on December 5, 2005. Zeldman and Eric Meyer will be sharing their secrets on how to effectively design, structure and develop web sites that work.
An Event Apart
9:00 AM â€“ 5:00 PM
The Franklin Institute
Conference Center & Rooftop Deck
222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia PA 19103
The conference will take place on December 12-14 at Westin Copley Place, Boston, MA. It is a great conference that includes Zeldman, Kelly Goto, Doug Bowman, Dave Shea and covers many topics some of which include AJAX, CSS, XHTML, XML, Web Logs, Dreamweaver 8 and Flash 8, web standards, web design workflow and user experience design.
For more information and registration, visit Web Design World Boston 2005 web site.