January 05, 2014

When Design Becomes Overly Minimalistic

Why have digital clock interfaces become so obtuse? It used to be there was a button that toggled between set/run, another between time/alarm, and then an hour button, and a minute button, and an alarm on/off button. Grand total of perhaps five buttons, clearly labelled as to purpose/function.

Now they often come with three buttons -- this is supposed to save space or what? And said buttons are helpfully labelled A, B, and C. And you have to hit button A three times to get the time setting process started, button B to cycle through second, minute, hour, day, month. . . (yes, in reverse-to-commonly-expected order just to add to the puzzlement), and button C to change numbers. Then you hit some combo of the buttons to stop the process.

OK, time set, you want to set the alarm time now? New button combos! Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha! You want to change the alarm for the weekend? Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!

This is progress?

Posted by Paul at 06:38 PM

January 03, 2014

Landscapes, Birds along Fraser Foreshore Park in Burnaby

Been fighting a bad cold for nearly a week, and finally felt good enough to get out and walk the cameras in the rare west coast sunshine this afternoon. Created two Flicker sets:

Landscapes

and

Birds

Posted by Paul at 07:50 PM