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Sep 13 | Towards a more accessible map

The views represented here are my own, and not of my employer. I don’t think a single day goes by where I don’t use Google Maps, and not merely because I work for Google. And as much as championing accessibility is something I wished I did more often, it’s not something that I think about […]

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May 11 | The thing that never was: ringback tones

This technology is part of a $2.5 billion market expected to grow soon into a $17 billion yearly market in the US alone. – “Ring Plus: Revolutionizing the Telecommunications Industry”, October 2008 Once upon a time, customizing mobile phone ringback tones was popular. The idea that if you called someone, you could hear something less […]

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Apr 12 | Durla Photo Workshop with Daragh

It’s nearing the end of the afternoon, and my feet are sinking into the bog, unstable among the mole-hill-like bumps that dot the hills. We’re at the Coronation Plantation, somewhere in the Wicklow mountain area, and there’s so much to see. Except, of course, in typical Ireland fashion, it starts to rain. Two weekends ago […]

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Feb 22 | Comparing OANDA, XE and TransferWise

Living in Switzerland means occasionally I want to send money to the United States, and short of flying to the US, there are basically three ways I can do that online. I haven’t had until now the time to be a bit rigorous in my experimentation, but these are the real results I’ve obtained. For […]

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Jan 29 | Skiing with a GoPro Hero 3+

It’s hard to become a hard core fan of a certain piece of technology when the world I live in revolves around it, and lots of new pieces of it, every single day. Still, the GoPro, even with its notable shortcomings, stands incalculably apart from its competitors, overpriced and still very much in demand. My […]

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Jan 19 | Peter Cailler’s Kohler Nestlé’s Chocolate Trading Cards

I found this gem of an album at the Helvetiaplatz flea market for 45 CHF. The album is incomplete towards the latter number of pages, but there are 60 pages with 12 spaces in each on both sides. What’s interesting here is that the album name itself names Switzerland’s most famous chocolate pioneers. Peter, from […]

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Nov 17 | A week with the Fitbit Force

Ever since I learned about the Quantified Self movement and some of my early work around commitment devices I have been interested in actually owning one of these new-fangled data-tracking devices. About a week ago when I was in the United States I grabbed a Fitbit Force at a BestBuy that had just stocked them, […]

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Jul 16 | Think sideways

One of the interesting things about moving to a different country is that you learn to accept “new” things as pretty much ordinary, and then you start dissecting why it is “new” to you and not new to all those who have grown up with that kind of life as standard. One example I’ve noticed […]

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May 22 | The tenant in room 106

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 […]

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May 21 | How (not) to introduce radical user interface changes

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 […]

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