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Writings and musings on the latest web trends and life, advertising, design, projects, and news from an avid and prolific web designer.
Up and about since 2003.
Interesting Defunct United States Airlines
What I learned from the Boston Career Forum
Google Plus bar color changer extension
Home Sweet American Culture
Install Android 2.2 Froyo on iPhone 3G on Windows with pics and video
Getting FancyUpload to Work
An Engineer's Nightmare - Ocean Tower, South Padre Island
Custom iPhone lock screens on iOS5
Python on the iPad
6 sensational unsolved missing persons cases
Whenever I’ve traveled and stayed at hostels I’ve usually stayed for one or two days at the longest, though oftentimes at some of the better places I’ve wanted to stay for longer. I find myself now on the other side of that, having just spent my 10th day here at the Jugendherberge in Zurich. You get a really interesting snapshot of the kinds of people who come by, so I’m going to make a small effort to chronicle the highlights during the remaining week I have here. But before I start, an introduction to the place:
Currently the rates are 42 CHF per night in a 6-person (mixed gender) dorm room, with a “Spring Special” discount if you stay for 6 nights for 195, shaving 10 CHF off the price. There’s two sinks in the room, with full-sized lockers as well. Showers are at two ends of the floor and are also impeccably clean. There’s no kitchen, and meals are 18 CHF with salad and drinks, or 12 CHF just for the main plate. 20 CHF for fondue, free breakfast (though you’ll be charged 6 CHF if you pack your own lunch - no idea how they enforce that). No microwave use either, though there’s a hot pot that one can use.
They clean the rooms every day at around 11. There’s free wifi as well as printing facilities, and relatively inexpensive souvenirs for sale. The general crowd is between the early 20s euro-tripper to the middle aged looking for a cheap place to stay. The rooms get pretty quiet at around 10pm.
Why is it that any radical change to a feature invites immediate repulsion and “bring it back” stampedes? Is the option to “bring back the old version” the only solution designers have to appease everyone, or should one barrel forward with a design change with the confidence that eventually everyone will jump on board?
Flickr’s new changes create a bit of antagonism.
The obvious problem is that the most vocal people online are those who have something to gripe about, and any significant user interface change introduces an initial sense of panic if things aren’t “where they used to be”.
I’ve been in a sort of “consume media” mode for the past week, so it’s high time I switch gears and start doing something productive.
“I hope you enjoy India”, a man told me as he left the train one stop before Mumbai CST.
The past couple of days have been pretty busy on the trip preparation front, and most of it consist of me hemorrhaging money left and right.
This little hack lets you export BadElf GPS logs to Dropbox and eventually to a website that can display your tracks (and share them with friends/family).
Every year since 2004 I’ve written a relatively uninformed set of predictions for the year ahead, and it’s been an interesting ritual.
Updated 14 days ago.
Updated 14 days ago.
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