Sunday, August 9, 2015

How not to a Design User Interface.

What has user interface to do in a Seattle blog? This is not a blog on computing practices or user interface design.

User interface does not only have to do with computers; it is any interaction that a user — any human user — has with any system. The system of concern to this blog post is the road naming system used in and around Seattle, in King County.

Ridership interactions, unless completely straightforward, can be said to have failed. I have seen at least two problematic, sometimes comical, ridership situations in recent months.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Message from Amazon and Microsoft ... from Seattle: Go Pacific Northwest.

As Amazon and Microsoft released their quarterly results last week, the world has begun to take notice of the importance of cloud computing. Consider this particular headline from Forbes: The author concludes that '... the cloud rules'.
The Message from Amazon and Microsoft: The Cloud Rules
Snapshot of the Fortune article, 24 April 2015.

What is interesting to note here is that both of these are headquartered in the Seattle region.

Add F5 Networks, Starbucks and Zillow that are also headquartered in the region to the mix, and you have a substantial hotbed of high-tech activity in this area. That is, even if you didn't count the other high-tech companies who have set up shop in this region, to name only a few: Facebook, Google, Oracle, ...