Week 2 – Reading Blog

Week 2 – Reading Blog

Chapter 4

The idea of building versatile and expandable applications instead of one shot quick fixes makes perfect sense to me. There were a few times that I probably spent too much time on what should have been a quick and dirty solution, but the lost time was more than made up for by the situations where I had worked hard to design a well rounded application and it saved the company, and myself, from having to reinvent the wheel each time a similiar problem came along. I also have alot of experience in what the text calls the Good Enough Way. Sometimes the best way to figure out what features and fixes a system needs is to build a prototype and throw it into the deep end. The end users are the folks who really dictate whether an application is successful, so getting early feedback before things are so finalized that flexibility is lost is invaluable.

I haven’t had much experience in team work or collaborative projects. Generally I’m the type of worker who realizes that the rest of the team has no freaking idea what to do, so I just pull back and implement my own solution. After seeing my end results on previous projects, managers usually just tell me what they need and leave the rest of the details to my judgement and ingenuity. I think it would be nice working with a group that can actually match my game for once. The final comment in this section about specialists versus jack-of-all-trades designers seems strange to me. Generally I pick one facet of a project and learn everything I can about that one area, and inevitably I end up picking up the rest of the details in the process. I’ve never been one to go looking for an expert to finish parts that I don’t understand. Typically I will pick the experts brain to get a basic grounding in the unknown area, and then once I have my feet wet I just start exploring and experimenting until I can do what needs to be done.

Maybe it’s just me but the Daylife.com interviewee, Tom Tercek, sounds more like a glad handing salesman with a pocket full of buzz words, than a designer. I like the concept of a self organized news feed site though, probably worth looking into.

Chapter 5

Picked up a wierd twist in this chapter. The first section felt like a Worlds Fair, golden technological utopia speech, but the paranoia about government and cooperate servailence slowly started to creep in. By the end of ‘The Internet of Things’ section I felt like Phillip K. Dick was tapping me on the shoulder and whispering ‘I told you so.’ How will we possible implement decent security when any store that you enter can dig up all of your purchase data, and credit information at the press of a button. It feels like waking up and seeing Donald Trump rifling your underwear drawer. With RFID data this wide spread, it is inevitable that receivers, and the personal data they receive, will fall into the wrong hands. That is if there are any right hands for that kind of power.

Small-screen Television

Cell phone technology is directly related to Moore’s Law. Every year they seem to get twice as complex, with extra gadgets and applications that the average user neither wants nor needs. Seems to be a nitch for a company that can custom make mobile devices to an individuals specifications. Service providers and manufacturers are cannoodling like all get out, but the offspring usually is some wierd mutant that flips around like a Swiss Army Knife and has extra cameras, antennas and toothpicks slapped onto every available surface that isn’t plastered with logos. Since custom built computers are eminently practical and easily available why not mobile devices. And the operating system for this custom built dream device should be open source with user designed applications and plug-ins readily available.
While I can dream, can’t I.

Master Class – An Interview with Hugh Dubberly

Enough with the damn bullet lists already.

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