So long Steve
From Hall of Fame basketball player/coach John Wooden:
“If You Don’t Have Time to Do It Right, When Will You Have Time to Do It Over?”
Thanks Lifehacker for the discovery.
Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it. Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things.
That explains my bafflement at Twitter then.
From William Morris (Beauty of Life, 1980):
If you want a golden rule that will fit everybody, this is it. Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.
Quoted by Donald Norman in Emotional Design, 2004.
From Bjarne Stroustrup, quoted in Top 50 Programming Quotes of all Time:
I have always wished for my computer to be as easy to use as my telephone; my wish has come true because I can no longer figure out how to use my telephone.
From Evgeny Morozov, quoted in a Gizmodo article on the subject of the week (year?), wikileaks: The reaction of governments to Wikileaks should scare the hell out of you..
Wikileaks is what happens when the entire US government is forced to go through a full body scanner.
Usability is not everything. If usability engineers designed a nightclub, it would be clean, quiet, brightly lit, with lots of places to sit down, plenty of bartenders, menus written in 18-point sans-serif, and easy-to-find bathrooms. But nobody would be there. They would all be down the street at Coyote Ugly pouring beer on each other.
An intriguing comment in metafilter surfaced by Simon Willison.
If you are not paying for it, you’re not the customer; you’re the product..
From Damien Hughes, referenced in an article on leadership uncovered on an Agile blog:
If you think that you are too small to make a difference,
try going to bed with a mosquito in your room!
From John Pozadzides in a Lifehacker article on passwords:
Adding just one capital letter and one asterisk would change the processing time for an 8 character password from 2.4 days to 2.1 centuries