If..Else Log

The design encyclopedia

The design encyclopedia is a growing, collaborative resource (read wiki) that describes, tracks and explains culture, commerce, politics, media, sports, brands through design.

It’s still a bit new and lacking in content at the moment. Nonetheless, it’s a promising project and, if it takes off, will become a valuable resource.

AdWords, Trademarks and Mac insanity

Why is it that even what I would consider to be smart companies would do something like this? Apple have banned the use of the word Mac in Google Adwords.

Google 59

Please don’t ask me how I found this site. Oh, and remember, there’s 59 o’ there. David Golumbia, you’re a mischievous man:)

PSP LCD dead pixel fix

Do you have a PSP or a LCD screen with a dead pixel? Here’s something that might fix it.

Plague Strikes WoW

The spread of a disease is causing unexpected havoc throughout Azeroth. It’ll be interesting to see how it’s handled.

Blizzard recently added the Zul’Gurub instance to the game, where Hakkar, the god of blood, uses a devastating disease attack on anyone who dares fight him. Seeing as how it’s a disease and most diseases are contagious, it shouldn’t be shocking when some players come back and haven’t been cured.

And that’s exactly what’s happened. Players are returning from this instance to towns with the diseases, spreading it, and Blizzard’s in a panic to keep things under control. GM’s have started to quarantine players in an effort to control the spreading, but players keep leaving the quarantine areas. Unless you’re above level 50, you more or less immediately fall over dead from the disease.

Opera is now free

Opera is now completely free. Both the ad banners and the licensing fee have been removed.

Coming so soon after their 10th year anniversary, the timing is likely a response to the large response that they had when they were giving away free reg codes.

I don’t have time to write properly on this decision (hence my decision to relegate this to a short) but here are my immediate reservations.

I’m still not 100% convinced that they will benefit as much as they believe they will. Firstly, the ramp in popularity during that day was largely a result of the believed scarcity and rarity of the event. It was more a sales mentality e.g. grab them whilst they’re hot and it’ll still be a struggle for them to translate that into long-term (paying) users.

Secondly, their browser is still in my view clunkier than FF. Even when cost is not an issue, I still prefer FF over Opera.

Thirdly, it’ll be hard for them to convince people to pay for support. Non paying users benefit from paying customers in the form of bug fixes, enhancements etc. Casual and new users are also more likely to abandon the platform rather than pay for support. Existing paying customers do not appear to have been compensated for supporting Opera. There simply isn’t enough incentive to be a paying customer.

As much as the hippy in me would like to applaud Opera for what they’ve done, I fear that this will only have a negative effect to their profitability.

BTW, according to my stats, about 2% of visitors to this site use Opera. I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on this announcement.

Delineate Stats

Delineate (previously known as Vestigo) by Ben Sekulowicz Barclay aka Beseku is a community driven visitor tracking service. Delineate not only tracks your own visitors but that of every member of the Delineate user community to create a greater knowledge base of your visitors and their interests.

I’m very happy with Mint for this site, but this is quite interesting.

International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Arrrr, tis International Talk Like a Pirate Day today!

Pirates

Picture ruthlessly plundered from Captain Chris J Davis.

Onlife

onlife

Onlife is an application for the Mac OS X that observes your every interaction with sofware applications such as Safari, Mail and iChat and then creates a personal shoebox of all the web pages you visit, emails you read, documents you write and much more.

Looks both interesting and useful, though it’s also slightly scary as well…

CSS Optimization

Dave Shea writes an entry on CSS optimization. Mathias also has a comparison of various CSS compressors.