I met Jón Gnarr at the Strand the other day! This is the closest this Tumblr will probably ever come to the “selfie with a celebrity” genre.
Monument Valley is as beautiful as everyone says it is, but it has me thinking about UI.
A certain amount of the player’s time when playing Monument Valley is spent not solving the puzzles intended in the game but simply searching for the on-screen elements with which one can interact at all. Of course this is a game—explicitly designed to be a puzzle!—so this is perhaps acceptable.
But when designing apps which we want to be useful, and not puzzles, we have to be careful. Sometimes, the most beautiful apps can actually be harder to use than uglier ones—precisely because their amazing UI is nonstandard, unobtrusive, and confusing. The right balance between beauty and utility can be hard to strike.
The racist part is…the utter defiance with which people refuse to see the parallels between Apple, a company that uses identity-based marketing to sell electronics at very high margins, and Beats, a company that uses identity-based marketing to sell electronics at very high margins.
It’s almost never interesting to hear Android developers talk about how difficult platform fragmentation might make things (answer: slightly difficult, but not exceptionally so), but it’s always really really boring to hear people with little to no experience on the platform do so.
For the record: there are exactly two ways in which Amtrak is better than the major Western European railways:
power outlets on the trains
That is all.
Apparently, Debian now has a thing called
systemd. It can replace traditional
init. Even if you don’t want that (and I have no clue how I’m supposed to form a preference anyway), you have to have some more minimal configuration of
systemd anyhow, and that configuration causes severe bugs.
So here’s a configuration I had for years: when I closed my laptop lid, the screen would blank and lock if the system is on AC power; the system would suspend if on battery. This seems like a totally reasonable thing to want, no?
But, after so many years of The Year Of Linux On The Desktop, apparently we have entered the Brave New World of
systemd, and so this is no longer even an available option. And if you want to choose among the more restricted set of options that are available, you have to type some random shit into config files.
There’s also a thing in that file called
LidSwitchIgnoreInhibited and maybe it is somehow related but even after reading the docs I don’t understand what it does.
How are normal people ever supposed to figure this garbage out?