Archive for January, 2012

Apple’s Overseas Manufacturing

Apple’s logistics and manufacturing is extremely complicated, secretive and critical. The NY Times has a great story on it and how it is a great example of jobs leaving the US: Apple executives say that going overseas, at this point, is their only option. One former executive described how the company relied upon a Chinese […]

How Read Only Programming Languages Are Born

One day a man was writing an email when he left the room to get something to drink. In his absence, his cat walked over the keyboard and among the myriad of characters entered into the body managed to send the email off. The man returned and soon realized what had transpired. Wondering what the […]

Make Login Pages Autofocus

I see this way too often and it gets on my nerves. If you have a page that’s main purpose is a form, such as a login page, please make the page autofocus to the first field in the form. Having to tab or click on the first field is a nuisance. Even big sites […]

Littoral Combat Ship Problems

Interesting read on Gizmodo on the shortcomings of the Littoral combat ship: It’s bad enough that the Navy’s newest ship has had wicked problems with corrosion, missed out on the latest naval wartime missions and is generally something of a Frankenstein’s monster. Now the Pentagon’s top weapons tester has found problems with its abilities to […]

localStorage With Cookie Fallback

I mentioned the other day that localStorage can be used as an alternative for cookies. The benefit is that localStorage doesn’t sent it’s data back on every request to the server like a cookie. Headers are uncompressed in http making that very costly. However not every web browser out there supports localStorage. Most however do. […]

Google Open Sesame

Google quietly put up a new login method via QR code. Essentially the way it works is you view the QR code viewed on a computer or tablet. Then use your smartphone to open the QR code and login via your browser. That process remotely validates the session and that computer can then access your […]

90% Of Web Traffic Is Video

There’s a lot of talk about the prediction from YouTube’s Robert Kyncl that video will be 90% of internet traffic. This sounds shocking until you realize it’s not, and doesn’t really mean much in context of the internet. This number presumably is at least partially based on a prediction by Cisco who makes routers that […]

Define Mute

One of the tricky things about building products is defining the details. When you say “mute switch” as you’d see on a phone like the iPhone, what exactly do you mean my “mute”? App sounds? Calls? What about an alarm? Muting an alarm sounds reasonable, but perhaps the reason for using the switch is so […]

Privacy Issues Behind localStorage

Browsers need to overhaul their privacy settings to account for things like localStorage and bring control back to the user. In the days of cookies it was relatively simple for a user to wipe any identifiers (excluding IP address) from their browser. Simply clear cookies. Firefox has two basic abilities, you can clear cookies, or […]

What’s Under Your Couch?

Kober’s parents had stored the painting under a couch for 25 years after getting it as a gift from the sister-in-law of Kober’s great-great-grandfather. She had received it from a German baroness more than a century ago. It’s amazing to think that someone had what is quite possibly a Michelangelo just sitting under their couch […]