Monthly Archives: February 2009

Holy Crap, Windows 3.1 Runs on the N95

This is probably the most amazing sign of the times I’ve seen! I am now, officially, an old-timer. Tech-Grandpa Shaun. Fortunately not yet a has-been. It really puts the pace of progress in perspective when I see Windows 3.1, the first GUI “operating system” I ever crashed and re-installed, running on the Nokia N95, the very same phone I now have in my pocket today. There’s a bit of DosBox hackery involved, but I am …

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The $300 Million Button – How Small Design Details Make Big Differences

Image via Wikipedia Here’s Jared Spool’s story in which he tells how a single change to a site’s shopping cart checkout process from a forced registration to an optional registration increased the site’s annual revenues by $300 Million! As one of the “test customers” says in the article. “I’m not here to be in a relationship. I just want to buy something.” Yes, sometimes you simply do not need the 6 step registration, newsletter and …

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World Cup 2010 – Let the Ticket Scalping Begin!

Image via Wikipedia Friday 20th February 2009 is D-Day for those South African soccer fans who want to attend a match in the 2010 Soccer World Cup. They’ll either have to be willing to fork out huge chunks of cash for a prime spot, or buy up all the cheap seats going for at least R140.  (One wonders if South African flag coloured binoculars will be complimentary with the purchase?) From mg.co.za: “In order to …

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