Archive for January, 2011

Ricky Gervais

Posted: January 27, 2011 in Short

How does Ricky Gervais continue to acting and comedy gigs? Does anyone think that he’s actually funny?

As a UI/UX designer for the iPhone and iPad, I pretty much live and breathe iOS interfaces. Recently I was reading Matt Rix’s Blog, and I read his post on game makeovers and I had a few thoughts.

I’m going to offer my skills as a designer to those small iOS developers out there, but more on that in a bit, first my thoughts on Matt’s blog post…

His example is a game called MicroSquares, but I have no doubt that a good percentage of games in the App Store fall prey to the same issues. The fact is, Matt is a rarity when it comes to programmers. He understands the importance of UI and the skills to develop a good UI, but also the skills to implement it. Most developers only have the inkling of what makes a good UI.


Let's be Clear

Posted: January 6, 2011 in General

So yesterday I setup Clear WiMax for our internet and phone, replacing AT&T DSL and POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service). WiMax is 4G cellular service and the pricing is pretty competitive.

My big issue is that East Berlin seems to be in a hole, and the best DSL service I could get was about 1.2Mbit downstream and 0.3Mbit upstream. We ran with DSL for a while because I got tired of Comcast’s crappy and expensive service (the latency was horrible, and we always had spotty service). Personally I would prefer to have AT&T’s U-verse which is fast enough that they push cable over internet too, but I doubt we’re ever going to see that.

So far the results seem pretty good. I’m seeing about 3x speed increase in both up and downstream. The phone number will take a few days to transfer over, but with Clear we get free long distance, voicemail (delivered to email if we’d like), and a few other nice features. All of this for about the same price as our AT&T DSL.

We have 14 days to decide if we’re going to keep it, so I’ll be stress testing over the next two weeks, but things look good so far.