This is the little brother of Big Dog, which was designed by USC to carry gear and not fall over. Little Dog is more about crossing difficult terrain and, looking at an older video, it’s clear how much it’s improved.
It’s official. Many have rumored it, but now Capn Design brings you this exclusive. Trader Joe’s is definitely opening at 21st and 6th in the old Barnes and Noble space. The powerhouse of Grimaldi’s and TJ’s cannot be stopped.
More information will be provided as we get it. DEVELOPING…
It turns out that the educational game came at the request of Charles Watson, who runs a computer project dedicated to providing computers with low power consumption parts to schools in developing counties. Dealing with students, he noticed that many of them enjoyed Flash games, but most of those games were violent and generally devoid of any educational content.
This is good advice and I’m going to liberally quote Mr. Hockenberry.
Even folks that have access to the latest and greatest technology are preferring the iPad over more complex devices. Initial statistics also show that the iPad has an older demographic.
Of course, 300,000 geeks like you and me don’t fall into that category. We’re the first ones standing in line at the Apple store, and the first ones to use all this cool new software. And we know all the things that apps “used to do”. And we want all sorts of other bells and whistles. And we’re wrong.
Craig goes on to explain a good example of simplicity.
In the case of Instapaper, the feature doesn’t even show up in the UI until you go into the Settings app and add your account information. My mom will never see it.
This week, yet another conference was rightfully called out for ignoring their duty to curate a diversified speaker list. Then Erika wrote a fantastic blog post about it that you should really read.
Conference organizers and publishers, I do not think you are racist. And I do not think you are woman-haters. I think you are probably very nice people. I think you are good to your friends, your girlfriends, your wives, your children. I think you hire and treat your employees fairly and well.
Sal is the founder of Khan Academy, a YouTube channel that teaches hundreds of thousands of people almost anything (although he specializes in math). In the twenty minute video, Sal explains how the site came to be and what has made it so successful.
I never got the first one, but it was one of the main draws of the PS3. This looks so awesome. I wonder if they’ll let users charge for the games they create. You might also want to read more about it.
Since you are all dedicated Capn Design readers, you noticed that my site was down for a few days at the beginning of last week. If you look at the blog post, you’ll see my site was down for nearly 3 days and the process to get it back up wasn’t pretty. The worst part was that my email was out for a good part of the time.
As a service to those who use shared hosting and the shared hosting providers out there, here’s how I’d suggest handling this kind of outage.
For Site Owners
Make sure your email is hosted somewhere rock-solid. I moved to Google Apps and I’ll never look back.
Just having your host make daily or weekly backups isn’t enough. Set up a cron job (or use an desktop app maybe?) to transfer your backup file on a regular basis so you can get your site up ASAP. I was hamstrung since I didn’t have a current backup to move to the other shared host I use.
For Shared Hosts
By far the most important: Keep your customers informed. No one told me when my site went down and I had to go to a status blog to find out. If you have me in a database and you know what server I’m on, just email me periodically. Sure, it’s a pain, but I would have been much less frustrated.
Give your support people real information. I would ask questions about what’s happening and they would know nothing more than what the status blog said. I know your engineers are busy, but communication is just as important as fixing it, especially when it takes three days.
Don’t make me ask for a refund, just offer it. When I go to a restaurant and they don’t bring me my meal for three hours because the gas is out, they don’t make me pay. Sometimes, they even offer me a free meal the next time I come in.
When something goes horribly wrong, do a post-mortem and post the results online. Show me that this won’t happen again because you’re putting in measures to stop it.
I’m still with my host, for now, but I’d like to see them do any of the things I mentioned here. If I don’t hear from them in the next few weeks, I’ll abandon ship without hesitation.
Hulu is unveiling a brand new player (yes, it’s still in Flash) that has lots of awesome features, which you can read about at your leisure (here’s a cached blog post too). My favorite, by far, is the heat map.
On any full episode on the site with a sufficient volume of views, a heat map shows the relative popularity of every moment in that episode. Find hot and popular moments within long videos in no time at all.
Now I just want to see a longer version of this that covers a whole season or series.