Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Six individuals participated in a usability test of Ubuntu version 8.04.1. The test aimed to assess Ubuntu’s usability and identify barriers that might hinder Windows users from converting.
Participants completed some tasks with relative ease (reorganizing files, using the word processing application). However, participants struggled to complete other tasks (connecting to a wireless network, changing the screen resolution).
A few participants reported interest in using Ubuntu, others hesitated to abandon their current Windows operating system and voiced concerns about application incompatibility and leaving their comfort zone.
This report presents the project’s goals, our usability test methodology, and our findings and associated recommendations.
UPDATE: Original PowerPoint Presentation: View ubuntu-testreport-final
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Friday, November 07, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Sunday, September 07, 2008
I laugh when I think back to the beginning of the race, when I was actually trying to keep up with the pack and minimize the amount of riders who were passing me. Eventually, I gave in and just rode at my own pace. My reasonably good downhill abilities were not even close to being enough to compensate for my lack of endurance. It probably would have been better if I had known about the race for longer than 1 day before it. The deep mud didn't make things easier.
I was still doing OK when I met up with Geena at the second feed station around 9 miles in. She had biked to Wompatuck to cheer me on. She told me that I would see her again soon when I rode by it again on the way back through. It wasn't long after that when I started seriously thinking that I had to bail out of this race. I had gotten in over my head and I needed to cut my losses. I'll admit that I wanted to quit, and I thought that it would be a good time to do it as soon as I got to the feed station for the second time. Unfortunately, I had not remembered that the course ran for another 10 miles or so before I would pass by the feed station again. I was really hungry, tired, and my legs were cramping up on me frequently. I was foolish not to bring food with me. All I brought were some energy gels, and the feed stations only had water and more gel packets. I came upon this kid, Nate, who had just had his second flat tire of the race. He offered me half of his Cliff Bar when I told him how hungry I was. I felt it was only right to offer him my spare tube and let him use my pump to fix his flat. It also gave me a great excuse to lie down for a couple of minutes.
By the time I got back to the feed station, Geena had been worrying because the loop had taken me about an hour longer than it should have. I had already ridden 21 miles, so I decided to suck it up and finish the race. I was constantly cursing the ridiculous number of exposed roots and rocks that were sapping every bit of energy from my body the entire way. I was also daydreaming about the barbeque that I knew was awaiting me at a tent near the finish line. It took me a total of about 5 and a half hours to finish, but I'm proud to have made it. I'm looking forward to seeing the results. Hopefully some of my competitors in the "Sport, Age 12-29" category didn't finish so I won't have come in last, but I'm not holding out much hope. If I do this again, I'm going to try a shorter race.
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Check it out
Ubiquity for Firefox from Aza Raskin on Vimeo.
Monday, August 25, 2008
I love free online services; especially when they are well designed and serve an unmet need.
LogMeIn.com is one of those services. The free account is all I need and I can log in remotely to any of my computers or a client's machine for computer systems support.
Where are the American riders? I may have to start training. They do over 6,000' of climbing in 2 hours.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Here's a video of Veronica Belmont checking out the interactive goods.
The bands I wish I was there to see... Spoon, Tapes 'n Tapes, Okkervil River, Del the Funky Homosapien, and Yeasayer.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
I want to share it as well, because I don't want anyone to feel left out.
Spoon - Deep Clean.mp3