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Should JavaScript devs build real things?

Should JavaScript devs build real things?

The bent and broken pieces of the drone were lying scattered on a table in the office. There wasn’t much worth looking at; most of the components shattered beyond repair. The PizzaCopter team looked at the mangled mess at the table. No one really wanted to be the first to talk about the crash. “Well,” said the lead developer, “it looks like there was a bug with the range sensor. The flight controller didn’t contain a type … Read entire article »

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The ClickFail of Australian Retail.

The ClickFail of Australian Retail.

There but for the grace of Web Gods, go I… In Australia tonight we were supposed to witness the coming of age of Australian Online Retail. Our first “Cyber Tuesday” – a moment where the industry said to Australians who have been lured to the sales of the US and Europe “We can do this too”. And then we didn’t. We didn’t … Read entire article »

Datatium – a material to create responsive experiences

Datatium – a material to create responsive experiences

I had an opportunity to speak at Web Directions South again this year though was a bit daunted by the prospect of being asked to speak in the Design track for the very first time in my career. However, this was a great opportunity to distill a lot of the thinking I’ve been doing around responsive experiences for the last … Read entire article »

Web Facilitated Play in the Real World

Web Facilitated Play in the Real World

I got the invitation to attend and present at the Sketching in Hardware conference this year on some of the work I had been doing around integrating real time web communication with physical devices. This aligned well with the overall theme of “Clouds and Atoms”. My presentation was called “Web facilitated play in the real world” and expressed a summation of … Read entire article »

Is this the end of Windows Server?

Is this the end of Windows Server?

Well, probably not quite yet – just look at how long it’s taken Unix to die in the data centre. However I can’t but feel that Microsoft’s announcement this week, that they will now be supporting Linux under Azure, represents a fundamental shift in the balance of power of server operating systems. Microsoft haven’t been competitive on the web server and … Read entire article »

Humanising the Internet of Things

Humanising the Internet of Things

This is a transcript of my speaker notes from a presentation given at the Churchill Club in Melbourne on Thursday, 23 February 2012. The overall topic was a technology briefing on IoT technologies and business opportunities and had other speakers talk on the specific technologies involved and the networking needs of these technologies. My view (presented below) was to take … Read entire article »

Towards a sensor commons

Towards a sensor commons

The Internet of Things, a term being bandied to the point of almost meaninglessness now it’s hit the mainstream of the NYT and the BBC. Yet, while the mainstay of the media struggles to describe how and why smart sensor arrays are going to mean you spend less time in traffic, ultimately pay more for your electricity but make sure your … Read entire article »

App stores are delivery channels not search engines

App stores are delivery channels not search engines

I saw this tweet from Tim O’Reilly the other evening, and duly read the post attached. The premise is that search in the Android Market and in iTunes is fundamentally broken – so badly busted in fact that AltaVista could have produced a better search engine. Enter into the mix, Chomp who profess to solve the app search problems by … Read entire article »

We are the champions… of the web

We are the champions… of the web

Recently, at Web Directions this year John Allsopp revisted a classic piece of web writing, “A Dao of web design“, 11 years since writing it. The presentation stood out as a passionate defence of the things that made the web great including it’s universality and openess. One point he made was a rebuttal to a comment that the “problem” with the … Read entire article »

Neo-Futurism in the Information Age

Neo-Futurism in the Information Age

Post-WWII, after the dust had settled and old maps had been redrawn we entered a period of utopian future-gazing. This period, predominately lasting the 1950s and mostly found in the American and Soviet superpowers was characterised by our view that as humans we would triumph over any adversity. We held the view that all of nature was our to command … Read entire article »