How do you build new creative muscles? I’m not talking about flexing the ones you already have, be they writing, graphic design, web development, or illustration. I’m talking instead of completely new creative activities. Why? They’ll help you be a stronger creative person. And that’s good for you and your day job.
For example, I’m a writer who just started sewing. It’s been a fascinating experience. Granted, some would say that following a pattern isn’t a hugely creative act. But it’s been the seed. I’m already thinking ahead of patterns I’d like to design, and different kinds of fabrics I’d like to try. I’ve also been exposed to a new group of creative people.
I’ve learned the value of being very precise, to prepare heavily in advance, and that continuous incremental work can pay off. These are all important lessons for a creative person. But, most importantly I’ve had tons of fun. Sigue leyendo
By: Dan Heath and Chip Heath
Photograph by AFP/Getty Images
Dan Heath and Chip Heath explain why we tend to neglect coordination — and suggest how to fix it.
At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the American men’s 4×100 relay team was a strong medal contender. During the four previous Games, the American men had medaled every time. The qualifying heats in 2008 — the first step on the road to gold — should have been a cakewalk.
On the third leg of the race, the U.S.A.‘s Darvis Patton was running neck and neck with a runner from Trinidad and Tobago. Patton rounded the final turn, approaching anchorman Tyson Gay, who was picking up speed to match Patton. Patton extended the baton, Gay reached back, and the baton hit his palm.
Then, somehow, it fell. The team was disqualified. It was a humiliating early defeat. Stranger still, about a half-hour later, the U.S.A. women’s team was disqualified too — for a baton drop at the same point in the race. (Freaked out by the trend, the U.S.A.’s rhythmic gymnasts kept an extra-tight grip on their ribbons.) Sigue leyendo
Windows 7 brings several security enhancements that don’t sacrifice usability
By Logan Kugler
Computerworld – The words Windows and security have not always been compatible. In the past, Microsoft‘s quest to make its operating system as easy to manage as possible for the “typical” user has often meant sacrificing adequate safeguards against intrusion and infection. Windows XP‘s notorious vulnerability to network worms stands as a recent example; Microsoft shipped the operating system with a firewall but initially left it turned off by default.
For all its flaws, real and perceived, Vista marked a huge step forward in Windows security. Windows 7 has continued that improvement, adding several new features and enhancing many others — most obviously the User Account Control system, which proved so obnoxious in Vista that many users turned it off, leaving their systems vulnerable to intrusion in exchange for a less annoying experience. UAC has been revamped in Windows 7 to be less intrusive and more discerning about what constitutes a true threat, and therefore more effective.
Other Windows 7 security features are less apparent, especially those intended for businesses concerned with protecting not just one computer but an entire network. Among the most important new features are DirectAccess, a VPN replacement for computers on Windows networks; the Windows Biometric Framework, which standardizes the way fingerprints are used by scanners and biometric applications; and AppLocker, which improves on previous Windows versions’ Software Restriction Policies to limit which software can be run on a machine.
Also key are BitLocker To Go, which extends the full-disk encryption of BitLocker to external hard drives, and a refined procedure for handling multiple firewall profiles so that the level of protection better matches the location from which a user connects to the Internet. Sigue leyendo
With the recent release of WordPress 3.0 we’re entering a very exciting time.
For the first time in the history of the platform, nobody is working on the next version.
All development outside of essential bug fixing has been stopped… and 3.1 won’t even start development until the beginning of September.
The reason? Well, the core contributors aren’t taking a vacation to Hawaii, in fact they’re doing something much less relaxing: working on the WordPress community.
Introducing WordPress 3.0rg
Right now, all of the WordPress core contributors are working on building up and improving the WordPress community features. Removing an entire release cycle from 2010, the WordPress 3.org project sits cleverly between 3.0 and 3.1. So what does that mean for you?
Well, first and foremost, WordPress.org has just received a small face-lift. The main WordPress site hasn’t been redesigned for years so this facelift will be a welcome change and the base for almost everything else that will be going on. The new site sports a lighter interface to match the new lighter interface for WordPress 3.0 and again this should carry through to other changes and progressions in style throughout the community.
So what are all the other things which are going to be happening? Well, that’s what we’re going to get into now. Before we start though, an important disclaimer: The world of OpenSource development is in a constant state of flux and as a result these things are subject to change without notice. Some things may be added, some things may be removed, but here’s a general idea of where things are going: Sigue leyendo
In other words, while HTML5, with its innovative and potentially dangerous for Flash “video” and “canvas” elements, is a sleeping menace against Flash (in some areas), jQuery is its quite real and pushing competitor. In this article we would like to look at the current capabilities of both Flash and jQuery and define situations when each of these platforms should be used.
You might have seen lots of articles on web design blogs showing examples of how jQuery can actually replace Flash. However, we prefer to avoid the “vs” perspective as we believe it’s not the right angle to look at these platforms from. What would your reaction be if you saw an article on a random blog discussing 10 ways to replace a spoon with a fork? Exactly. Flash has no equals in making rich multimedia websites that involve a user into a whole interactive experience, just like a movie or a game does.
Instead of trying to replace Flash, it’s more effective, in our opinion, to use jQuery in a completely different niche, like creating web applications that are a balance of visual attractiveness and functionality. Sigue leyendo
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Things aren’t looking up for MySpace these days, but the site remains one of the most popular online (50m people in the US visit it every month) and the people behind it are ready to experiment. Tonight we were sent a link to one experiment that looks great – a photo-heavy, curated celebrity and news portal to drive subscriptions to topic streams and liven up your MySpace news feed.
The project is clearly unfinished and it hasn’t been discussed anywhere we can find, but it’s publicly accessible at MySpace.com/Everything and it looks quite good. The code underneath says it’s powered by CrowdFusion, the dream-CMS (content management system) built by Brian Alvey, Jason Calacanis‘s co-founder of the Weblogs Inc. network bought by AOL.
Above: A partial screen capture of MySpace/Everything
Crowd Fusion offers a feature-rich and intelligent content curation back-end that we first wrote about just under two years ago. It was built by a dream-team of early successful bloggers who decided to build their own blogging engine just the way they thought it ought to be done.
The company raised $3 million from investors including Netscape co-founder Marc Andreeson and Ross Levinsohn, one of the key players in the old Fox acquisition of MySpace.
The way the feature appears to work is that a MySpace editorial team, along with algorithms and business partnerships with trusted 3rd party content sources, will curate a stream of photos, videos and highlighted quotes. MySpace users can vote those bits of content up or down, comment on them, click through to the destination site (after an annoying interstitial page) to see the full content or most importantly subscribe to news topics (like Britney Spears) and get future updates delivered into the same news stream that their friends’ updates appear in. Sigue leyendo