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Windows 8 feature set news!

September 2, 2011 Leave a comment

Finally, Microsoft is slowly starting to disclose some information in regards to Windows 8!

I believe that the full feature set will be available once they kick in the Build Windows conference on Sept. 12th

 

For those that are interested, here`s a link to the blog highlighting the officially disclosed topics on Windows 8.

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/

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All MIX 11 Session Video via RSS, iTunes, Powershell or Juice!


Thanks to Scott Hanselman, who brought this up!  http://www.hanselman.com/blog/Mix11VideosDownloadThemAllWithRSS.aspx

Like Scott said, If you really want iTunes in your life…you can subscribe in iTunes from Advanced|Subscribe to Podcast (look for MIX11 Sessions)

But I find it cooler with Zune! The video is super crisp in MP4 High! 🙂

Tell me the ones you liked the most! There is soooo much information. Almost everything applies on technologies available today!

My best (in descending order) are :

  1. An Overview of the MS Web Stack of Love,
  2. NuGet In Depth: Empowering Open Source on the .NET Platform
  3. ASP.NET MVC 3 @:The Time is Now
  4. Fun with ASP.NET MVC 3 and MEF
  5. Deconstructing Orchard: Build, Customize, Extend, Ship
  6. Good JavaScript Habits for C# Developers

My worse is:

  1. Application Design for Windows Phone (She is so nervous and thirsty…)

MIX 11: SilverLight 5 Beta?

April 12, 2011 2 comments

As every good web developer and web designer know today is the day!

Today is the first day of MIX 11

As part of MIX, SilverLight 5 beta will be release. I encourage you to watch the keynote live at http://live.visitmix.com/ starting April 12th at 9AM PDT (4PM GMT).

Silverlight 5?  but isn’t Microsoft following everybody with HTML5 ? If you are asking yourself the same question, read this post from April 4th : http://team.silverlight.net/announcement/standards-based-web-plug-ins-and-silverlight/

After reading this I am still not 100% convinced that Microsoft did not want to say goodbye to SilverLight last Fall in favor of HTML 5.

Anyway I find that both should stay! Both have a reason to stay. I just hope that Microsoft will leverage the “seperation of concerns” (designer and developer) that they have acheived in Silverlight with HTML5

For example, as a Microsoft Partner, I see very little incentive from Microsoft to build and deploy SilverLight applications on the other hand they would like me to move everything personal and professional to the cloud!

Have a good MIX11 day!

 

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Seesmic Desktop 2, one of the top 3 best UX in 2010!

November 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Written in Silverlight, Seesmic Desktop 2 is an aggregator for social networks.

Mashable sais about SD2:

Seesmic’s Silverlight-built, Mac- and Windows(Windows)-compatible product also came wrapped in a gorgeous and functional UI with elegant and subtle details, making it a joy to behold as well as a pleasure to use.

More aboute SD2 here: http://mashable.com/2010/09/09/seesmic-desktop-2/ and official web page here: http://seesmic.com/seesmic_desktop/sd2/

More about the best Web Designs of 2010: http://mashable.com/2010/10/31/breakthrough-website-design/

Guess What? The mobile app supports:

  

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A reflection on Bad User / Customer Experience and failure billing systems!

November 9, 2010 Leave a comment

As web developer, we are constantly challenged into bringing the best user experience to our users.

Today, I went to my the site of my mobile solution provider in order to upgrade my old cell phone to a brand new Windows Phone 7!

After spending minutes trying to perform the upgrade and trying to find the proper data plan ( 3 data plans were available at $12, $15, $20 per month with the exact same description) , I could not checkout my order!

So I end up calling the customer service, and a rep tells me that the plan I need is not the one I was focusing on but another one at $25 per month.

With the rep on the phone, I go online and the plan at 25$ he’s telling me about is listed at 35$ on the web. He’s says: “The prices are usually accurate on the site, but don’t worry It’ll be fixed when you checkout your order.”

The call with the rep ends here…

I go on and proceed to select the phone. On the selection page, the upgrade is priced at $199.

I proceed to checkout, fill-in my credit card information, click next and select a shipping method.

The invoice shown on the web page is priced at $0,00!

I say to myself, cool, the rep told me that the pricing would be fixed on the invoice…  😉

I proceed to confirm the invoice, and bang: an error message appears saying: “We cannot process you order because the invoice is $0.00” .

Wow!  I just spent an hour for nothing on their site and on the phone in order to purchase something from this merchant.

Lately, I am faced with more than my share of bad user experiences:

Cable company offers their customers the change their channel selection but it doesn’t work.

Propane gas company only sent one correct bill in the past 6 months in 3 copies received one day after the other, the other bills were either lost  (my account not showing the invoice when I call them) or overcharged for more propane than I could legally and physically store!

Pool repairmen sends an invoice for work that was paid a month earlier.

I qualify myself as a good shopper (never try to bargain). Still I get discounts on average of twice a month for items that are priced inaccurately!

In the news we hear on a weekly base the bad adventures of  our public power provider’s billing system.

etc.

Am I the only one to whom it happens?

How could we fix this?

Share your tought and experience…

Categories: UX & UI

Want to find your color palette?

March 11, 2009 Leave a comment

If found this neat little web app that helps you choose real good killer colors for websites!

 

Color Scheme Designer 3

 

It’s really cool!

Categories: UX & UI

UX & UI Design guidelines

February 24, 2009 Leave a comment

 
My colleague Nordes has a good cross reference web site on user experience and user interface design guidelines…
Categories: UX & UI