1. Product registration for prevention

    Oh Dyson vacuums - functional and thoughtful industrial design. One caveat to a “bagless” Dyson is remembering to clean two filters in order to keep it running in tip-top shape over the years. But you have to remember. If a customer forgets to clean the filters, the vacuum’s performance slowly degrades over time, leaving that customer with a now subpar, poorly functioning vacuum.

    Dyson knows this and uses registration as a time marker. Six weeks after mailing in my registration card (old school, you can do it online too), I received an email from Dyson: wishing enjoyment, reminding me to wash the filters “every now and then”, and asking permission to keep sending me reminders.

    Now that is functional and thoughtful service design.

  2. Turn your phone off or turn off your phone

    (phone = smartphone)

    Feel that buzz in your pocket? Your phone is asking you to re/engage with it once more. But here’s the kicker - it’s not in your pocket. What you just felt is a phantom vibration, a sensation felt by millions (ok, thousands) of phone owners. The result of a quasi-symbiotic relationship, we feel our phones asking for our attention even when we leave them on the shelf. On the flip-side of that relationship, we too depend on our phones: directions, time, documentation, news, mail, transportation, food, banking. Oh yes, calls.

    Extending our abilities towards superpowers, phones can be crutches as much as they are tools. To quote author Adam Greenfield, “When we rely on technical systems to ameliorate the burdens of everyday life, we invariably allow our organic faculties to atrophy to a corresponding degree”. What do loose in our dependence on phones? What do we loose when we loose our phones? Do they become phantom limbs? Turning your phone off is more than “taking a breather”; it’s a dare. It’s about flexing fundamental communication muscles and refining one’s instincts.

    So next time you need directions or take a weekend trip, turn your phone off or *gasp* leave it at home. That buzz will be gone in no time.

  3. dynamic signage on 9th and Howard showing parking spaces available. glimpses of a smart city.

    dynamic signage on 9th and Howard showing parking spaces available. glimpses of a smart city.

  4. Video on Instagram

    I think you haven’t seen any good 15 second instagrams yet. Give it a second - it’s going to space!

    The creative community will always maximize the technology to push the art. Look at George Lucas using miniatures and hand cranked cameras to make Star Wars. Look at what Pixar made in 1990-94 using SGI computers with 8mhz processors. Look at @origiful’s Vine account.

    The interesting thing here with Instagram is how much technology they’ve put into this product to give users choice. Camera stabilization. Filters. 2.5x more recording time. It’ll be interesting to see whether it will overwhelm, bore, or excite users.

    - @bigchaz

  5. Google Says: Save Energy, Ditch Your Data Center →

  6. 28 May 2013

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  7. What happens when you say “are attached” in an email in gmail.

    What happens when you say “are attached” in an email in gmail.

  8. The ‘Satellite’ view tab acts a window over the 'Map' view, giving users a preview as they pan around.

    The ‘Satellite’ view tab acts a window over the 'Map' view, giving users a preview as they pan around.

  9. fuckyeahdatacenters:

    Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station Ops Area and Computer Room,1967 - 1981

    The Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station near Canberra, Australia, were used to support the NASA Appallow and Skylab missions.  In 1981, the 26 meter antenna was relocated to Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex.  The original Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station has since been leveled.

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  11. Google Calling The Shots For Renewable Energy

    Google today announced a major expansion of its data center campus in Lenoir, North Carolina, saying it will spend $600 million to build new server farms and populate them with  IT equipment. The search giant also said it will use its purchasing power to jump-start a renewable energy program for Duke Energy, the utility that provides electricity to the Lenoir facility.

    Read more how Google is positioning itself as a major buyer and driver of renewable energy pricing. Perhaps the IT industry should take note and think about how the exponential growth of producing and consuming digital content can ignite the clean energy industry.

  12. The Russians Used a Pencil: iPhone Stamp for UI Sketching →


    Recently I’ve been sketching some UI concepts for an iPhone app in my Field Notes notebook. I typically start by drawing a rectangle that crudely approximates the real life size of an iPhone screen, but I figured there might be a better solution that keeps the spirit of the quick and dirty UI…

  13. Worldwide Tour of Microsoft’s Data Centers

    A 2011 video from Microsoft gives a high level overview of their various data center designs, as well as a description of their physical security measures surrounding each facility. Still think Sneakers can get in.

  14. fuckyeahdatacenters:

    How Facebook designed the data centre from scratch - Marco Magarelli

  15. 4 April 2013

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    Drewbot: Prying Away Services from the OS with People →


    Google releasing Android for free was the beginning of the commodification of the operating system.

    True, Android was free, but it was not without cost. Running Google-approved Android gave Google visibility to your users’ data and positioned Google’s services as the canonical option. You might…