The internet of things: a contrarians view

There’s been a lot of discussion over the past year or so about the “Internet of Things”, which basically posits that soon everything will be connected to the cloud and this interconnectivity of hardware will revolutionize our lives. To this…

Happy 30th Birthday Mac!

I join my many tech and design brothers and sisters today in wishing a happy birthday to the Macintosh computer. Yes, I know inanimate objects don’t really have birthdays, but with the Mac it feels appropriate to use the word…

This year in #UX (and a look ahead at 2014)

As the editor of This Week in UX, I’ve been able to regularly note what was going on in the UX domain. This weekly exposure to the best articles on UX design has given me some insights into what my…

Race to the bottom: how entertainment is becoming a (very cheap) commodity

Entertainment companies and movie studios are known for “creative bookkeeping” which allows them to claim that incredibly successful TV and movie properties never turn a profit. This rather unfair practice denies royalties to many of the creative people who worked on said…

Tech Review: Dell Venue 8 Pro is the iPad mini, but better

I love living in the future. I have a LOT of technology in my house, more than my family (of five) need. In fact, I just counted: I have more desktops, laptops and tablets than I have fingers… And I…

Are intelligent “bespoke” interfaces the future of computing?

I have some bad news for my colleagues in the user experience profession who design interfaces. In about twenty years, or less… you may be out of a job. Why do I make such a bold statement? Because I have…

Me and my Aereo: Why the new streaming TV-antenna can be a huge disruptor

For the past week or so I have been watching lots of old TV shows. The Odd Couple, Dragnet, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and more… shows that have aged quite well, and are rightfully considered classics. I would dare…

Photos: 2013 Vintage Computer Show and Apple “Pop-up” Museum

When I first heard that there would be a vintage computer show in Atlanta on March 20th and 21st, I was excited. Then, I read that a traveling Apple “Pop-Up” Museum would also be there. Being an Apple fanboy, this…