Posted by cadsmith on November 29, 2009
What is Wave?
Google Wave is in beta as a form of hosted communications. A topic can have ongoing entries from contacts who attach messages, pictures, videos, maps and files. Email-like search is enabled. It can reportedly be embedded into other web pages or blogs. There are extensions for conferencing and interfaces to social networks such as twitter.
It has been said that users have profiles and organizations have pages, at least as far as Facebook and LinkedIn are concerned. A difference from Twitter is that there does not yet seem to be public visibility which is also similar to web2.0 features of O’Reilly Safari books online.
Test Information Space has multiple components including profiles, bookmarks, Q&A, blogs, wiki, notes, files, multimedia and socnets.
Some measures might include:
How is usability?
Does it improve accessibility, e.g. realtime and mobile?
How can blips be categorized?
Does it handle feeds?
How can streams be filtered?
What mashups are useful?
How can dashboards be applied?
What level of discovery is there, e.g. for relevant contacts or recommendations?
What is support for analytics and datamining?
Is the perspective top-down, bottom-up, inside-out, all-at-once, or yet another mask?
Adding contact Bloggy, firstname.lastname@example.org, should publish. It was not activated on the preview version yet.
Reference: Getting Started with Google Wave Ferrate 2009.
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Posted by cadsmith on June 28, 2009
Test categories can be expanded to deal with the new dimensions of online knowledge. As the consequences of errors go up, risk increases. Devices can be reset to restore operations, but this is not as easy for entire networks or groups. Separate levels of representation introduce probability of discrepancies between physical, data and metadata levels. This occurs for example in government, security, or medical databases. Accuracy and analysis at the new scales of storage and transactions are expected to occur in real-time to support services. Stability is usually provided by vendor alliances or regulatory agencies which fund the generation of standards, yet practices are being objectively reviewed for likely survivability in current economic phase. Social requirements sometimes seem to result in a “lunatic fringe” which simultaneously contradicts accepted rules yet may provide solutions which can be adapted to more general cases. News about what works spreads through novel applications of media. Testing and engineering basics may be picked up by users earlier in their experience and systems can be more self-repairing. Eventually some form of this finds its way into the hardware and materials so that people can attend to the matters that are important to them and knowledge interacts at more primitive levels. Hopefully, this can be extended to wider orbits.
Incidentally, in case of artistic inspiration, Aviary can be used as online graphic editor, e.g. for avatars.
Readings: Sanderson 2009 on Google AE in progress, Rubin 2008 usability, Cooper 2008 GWT, Thatcher 2006 accessibility, and Shlain 2009 medical.
Image: Moon occults Saturn.
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Posted by cadsmith on November 24, 2008
There is a common logic behind various website designs such as Google, Amazon and Imdb. The goals are to achieve clarity and make the user’s life easier. Navigation and search are key. They reinforce the user’s ability to quckly get the idea and complete the task. The site ID, home page, search, sections and utilities are easily found. This is the thesis of Don’t Make Me Think, Krug, 2005, a popular book about empirical web usability testing. Wikis are another aspect of this quickness approach. Also see author’s site and additional resources.
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Posted by cadsmith on September 10, 2008
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Posted by cadsmith on September 2, 2008
Installed Chrome browser. Google maintains minimalist interface using “one box for everything”, this time for the browser address rather than for search terms. It has tabs and opens a new one displaying snapshots of favorite pages. It has a built-in task manager to Was able to import setting from Firefox on startup. Microsoft Office Live did not recognize browser type to allow login as happened for Flock or recent IE8 release also; FF3 is okay there. Zigtag bookmarklet was able to be dragged to bookmark bar; runs somewhat slower than the sidebar in Mozilla, and equivalent to Twine beta bookmarklet.
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Posted by cadsmith on March 23, 2008
Test Information Space expanded from youtest to acm and teki to test recently released Google Sites.
“The Rails Way”, 2007, Fernandez, 912pp describes some advanced practices. Ruby documentation discusses language. InstantRails has downloadable development system for Windows. Heroku has server.
“Writing Testbenches: Functional Verification of HDL Models“, Bergeron, 2000 has in-depth analysis of verification and behavioral modelling among other topics.
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