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RIP IE6 (Not Really, But Here’s to Hoping)

CNN is reporting on a funeral today for Microsoft Internet Explorer 6. The funeral is in Denver, Colorado, so I will not be attending.That the mainstream press is covering this is good news — somebody out there in the non-tech world understands that is newsworthy, even if only to a…

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Tags: browser, Internet Explorer, Microsoft

Don’t Let Social Media Get You Robbed (or Stalked)

If you are one of the millions of people using social media to report where you are, you may have been tuned in to all the buzz lately about the site Please Rob Me. The concept is very simple, when you use applications like Gowalla, Foursquare, Brighkite, Loopt or anything…

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Tags: Brightkite, Facebook, Foursquare, geolocation, privacy, rant, social media, Twitter

History of Eye-Tracking as Research Tool

If you’ve ever wondered what eye-tracking is and where it came from, there is a historical breakdown in the article A Brief History of Eye-Tracking over at UX Booth. The article covers eye-tracking as a research tool, not as a user interface input method, something I think is worth mentioning…

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Tags: usability, UX

The Science of Trust in Social Media

I am one of those people who always needs to see proof of some assertion, evidence to back up a claim. While I can accept anecdotal evidence in the right context, justifying decisions beyond how good the local taco hut is requires more than just musings from friends or co-workers.In…

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Tags: social media

MOM 2.0 Summit Notes

Keynote and opening remarks by Gretchen Rubin and Heloise. I have no photos of me in the panel, except the one I found online where I look like a startled rabbit. Which may not be far from the truth.If you’ve paid any attention to my blog (as in, read the…

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Tags: speaking, usability

Speaking at Mom 2.0 in Houston, TX

I will be in Houston this week to speak at the Mom 2.0 Summit (Feb. 18-20, 2010, Houston, TX). To make it a little easier to describe, here’s their description of the event:Talk shop with social media influencers, industry leaders and leading brands as they share best practices. Discuss ways…

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Tags: speaking, usability

January 2010 Browser Stats

Mashable has posted information about browser usage (Browser Usage Stats: Chrome Grows While IE and Firefox Shrink) stats from Net Applications. In short, Chrome continues its climb at the expense of Explorer and Firefox. The original data comes from January of 2010 and shows that Chrome has gained 0.57% to…

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Tags: browser, Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari

Too Soon to Advocate HTML5?

At the site Rebuilding the Web there is plenty of content questioning the current process and chaos around HTML5 and related specs. A piece that drew my attention echoes the dust-ups I have had over HTML5 (and XHTML2) and whether it’s a good idea to push it so hard when…

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Tags: html, rant, standards

Define “Cognitive Disability”

This image is borrowed from the WebAIM article on Cognitive Disabilities.In the blog post Definitions of “Cognitive Disability” by John Rochford, we can see that it’s not so easy to define the term “cognitive disability.” Given how often this term appears in accessibility statements and requirements for web sites, the…

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Tags: accessibility, WCAG

Mashable on the Web of Tomorrow

Mashable bills itself as a social media guide, although it tends to cover Web 2.0 (yes, I am still not a fan of that term), current trends (viral hits and the like), and even a fair amount of randomness. Ben Parr, Mashable’ co-editor, just wrote the article What the Web…

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Tags: internet

Mobile Internet Use Continues Climb

Last week Nokia chief executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo stated that mobile devices provide the majority of phone subscribers with internet access, often their first and only internet access (reported in the article Nokia: Majority of world accesses internet through a mobile). He feels that as more and more people sign up…

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Tags: internet, mobile

Firefox 3.6 Is Here

As you may have noticed in my warning tweet yesterday, Firefox 3.6 is out.Firefox 3.6 was released today and is the very browser I am using to write this post. So far it hasn’t blown up, and I abuse my browsers with tab counts around 70 or so. It’s memory…

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Tags: Firefox

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