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Bye bye craigslist

On 12, Aug 2008 | 2 Comments | In User Experience | By Ryan Feeley

I appreciate the minimalist route craigslist has taken. I do. They have a desire to keep their team very small which means that some of the niceties you would expect from a bulletin board are lacking. Oddly this 1996-style of site has helped them penetrate the mainstream far deeper than nickel-and-dime-you-to-death eBay ever will.

For a long while I have been using ByeByeList which presents results from craigslist searches in thumbnail view. A great way to separate the wheat from the chaff. And even though it says alpha, I’ve only ever experienced a downtime once. Enjoy it!

ByeByeList

New use for the Favicon

On 18, Jul 2008 | One Comment | In User Experience | By Ryan Feeley

Ever notice the little icon that resides in the address bar beside the domain name? They are called Favicons, and while this blog doesn’t currently have one, but most sites do. They are usually just miniature versions of the sites logo.

We came up with something pretty neat for TinEye, the image-based search engine. Because queries are images, and not text, users could not easily distinguish between tabs with the title.

So for the results pages, we removed the Idée logo and made the favicon dynamic based on the query image.

And as an added bonus, it works well visual aid for search history in the History menu.

Shady UI

On 20, Jun 2008 | No Comments | In User Experience | By Ryan Feeley

Kind of funny how OS X looks when you open a few dozen EPS files at a time. Shadow on shadow on shadow.

Back the !*@# up

On 18, Jun 2008 | One Comment | In User Experience | By Ryan Feeley

During last week’s heat wave my iMac began to act really strangely. Hiccups appeared, slowdowns took hold and eventually video artefacts scrambled the entire screen. I connected my recently replaced backup drive and Time Machine kicked in. I took this photo which kind of reminds me of when action movie stars walk away all nonchalantly from explosions.

Explosion

The backup was successful and oddly, once the heatwave died down, the iMac returned to normal. I’m only halfway through my warranty, but I know that I will soon have to haul all twenty-four inches of it in for repair.