links for 2008-10-15

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Apple - MacBook - Design, pg. 2 "Take the thumbscoop, for example. It’s the indentation that allows you to open the display. If the scoop is too deep, you put too much pressure on the display to open it. If it’s too shallow, you struggle to open the display. It may seem incidental, but if the thumbscoop is well designed, it makes the difference between a bad experience and a good one.

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links for 2008-10-08

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Browse the Artifacts of Geek History in Jay Walker's Library Drool. Forget your fancy home cinemas, if I had millions of pounds to spend, I'd build a library just like this, assuming that I had a home bigger than this library, which I currently don't. (tags: inspiration books technology geek design)

links for 2008-10-07

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How I Learned to Code - PaulStamatiou.com As a not very well self-taught programmer (I blame the teacher!), I'm always curious about what people learn in an official CS education. (tags: coding development programming)

links for 2008-10-04

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Cocoa Is My Girlfriend » Cocoa Touch Tutorial: iPhone Application Example Beginners tutorial on making iPhone applications. Long live the NDA! It's great that developers can now share these kinds of tips. (tags: apple iphone cocoa development)

Tango

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I've been meaning to link to this article by Maciej Ceglowski for ages, but forgetting to do it. I love Maciej's writing: he doesn't post very frequently, but when he does, it's really worth waiting for. He's really funny (I laughed out loud several times while reading this piece), but he also has a wonderful way of evoking the feeling of a place, and making you feel as if you know the characters he writes about.

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slipstream

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I've started a tumblelog at Tumblr, called slipstream. I'm mostly intending to use it a as way of collecting together snippets of things posted in other places (like flickr, Twitter and ma.gnolia), but it's also somewhere I can post things which are too short and inconsequential to post here. You might be wondering -- given the general level of inconsequentiality of stuff on but she's a girl -- what would count as too inconsequential, but still.

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Skitch

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I was lucky enough to get an invitation to the Skitch beta (thanks to Matt Lyon and Alex Payne on Twitter!), and I've been having some fun trying it out. Skitch is a kind of image/snapshot/sketch creation application, which also makes it easy to share those snaps with others. That makes it sound complicated, but it really isn't. In fact, Skitch is a blast to use, and I keep finding myself dragging photos in, making screenshots, and scribbling on my pictures, just for the hell of it.

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Voco clock

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I'm rather tempted by this alarm clock which wakes you with the honeyed tones of Stephen Fry (as Jeeves). Who wouldn't enjoy the illusion of their own personal Gentleman's Gentleman rousing them gently and politely from sleep, bearing a tray of freshly brewed coffee in a silver pot, precision-cut toast, and -- if necessary -- an astonishingly effective hangover cure? Sadly, only the audio part of that illusion is included with the clock.

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Trivia Tag

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I got tagged with the Trivia Tag meme by Matthieu Riou, and it must be getting near Christmas because I thought, ah, why not? Let's think of it as the blogging equivalent of having a glass of wine too many at the office Christmas party and thinking it might be funny to photocopy some hitherto hidden part of your anatomy. So, five little-known things about me: I cry every time I watch the film ET.

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Cheap glasses

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I had an eye test recently, and needed to get a new pair of glasses. Those of you who wear glasses will know how much of a shock it is to find out how much any of the high street chains of opticians want to charge you for even the most basic of frames. I have a very simple single vision prescription, and I find it incredible that a very non-descript pair of glasses would cost me more than £100, without even anti-scratch coating included in the price.

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