Monthly Archives: July 2012

July 28, 2012

The Listserve

One person a day wins a chance to write to  the growing list of subscribers. It could be you.

That list is now 21012 subscribers long. I have no idea why I find this idea fascinating, but I’m signing up.

July 27, 2012

Web browsers I have known, from kottke.org

Chrome will probably be my last default browser on a non-mobile computer. Many of you use Mobile Safari much more than any desktop web browser; I’m not quite there but will be soon enough.

I’m not quite there either. Then again, I don’t currently own a tablet, just my Nexus S.

Creator of Just Cause 2 on DLC and forced multiplayer

Proper DLC that adds VALUE is great but so far very few games have motivated me to actually pay for the DLC. I’ve just paid for the crap that developers decided to cut because they didn’t have the time to get into the game. ‘We save that for DLC’ – famous last words.

Edge on The Walking Dead

But to suggest that all of The Walking Dead’s power comes from inserting player choice and agency into familiar, desperate scenes is to do the game a disservice. It also features some of the smartest writing – and most engaging interactive dialogue – of the year so far.

I wholly agree.

July 25, 2012

Looking for an advertising partner

Generally speaking, I hate online advertising. Most adverts are ugly, annoying and mostly irrelevant to a website’s target readership. There are exceptions to this rule: Adverts served via The Deck, Fusion Ads and Carbon Ads are beautiful, relevant and unobtrusive. For these networks, only one graphic is allowed per page.  Such adverts actually add value to a given website.

I’ve been entertaining the idea of including similar advertisements on musings of max. Unfortunately, my site lacks the readership volume –and perhaps also the quality of writing– to be invited as a publishing partner for any of the aforementioned networks. As such, any tips on purveyors of equally elegant adverts are welcome; drop me a line and I’ll take a look.

The Loop sure loves Apple

So, Let me get this straight. Apple spent billions of dollars researching the best interface for mobile devices and patented their findings. Those methods of interacting with a mobile device became so popular, Google illegally integrated them in its inferior Android operating system.

There’s some blatant fanboyism going on here. It’s not like Apple doesn’t take good ideas from Android. In fact, they borrowed the whole notion of a notification area pretty much verbatim. Here’s an excerpt from CNet’s iOS 5 article:

So how closely does the iOS 5 notification center mirror Android? The biggest similarities are two-fold. There’s the action to pull down a tray that displays all of your notifications. But Android’s has a task bar that shows not just that you have an alert, but also the type of message you missed, with separate tiny icons that let you easily identify an incoming text, a missed call, a new voice mail, and so on. As with iOS 5, you can clear them all at once, but not individually.

Android also originated the notification banner that shows you up top when you have a new message. Apple made theirs larger and more customizable, but Apple didn’t invent the convention. (Reminder: Android didn’t invent all its tools and visuals either. Companies have long been “borrowing” rivals’ ideas.)

The Android notification system is patented, though I’m not sure if the patent has been issued yet. An excellent piece by David Ruddock over on Android Police has more details.