Jakob Nielsen's latest useit.com article is on authentic behavior in user testing. Here is a brief summary: "Despite being an artificial situation, user testing generates realistic findings because people engage strongly with the tasks and suspend their disbelief."
This Dilbert cartoon tells you to let the boss deal with the problem if one accidently deletes the databases and back ups. However, don't over do it like this intern.
CNN reports that a weak El Nino and human-made greenhouse gases could make 2005 the warmest year since records started being kept in the late 1800s. This was reported by NASA scientists said this week. While climate events like El Nino -- when warm water spreads over much of the tropical Pacific Ocean -- affect global temperatures, the increasing role of human-made pollutants plays a big part.
StupidVideos has a scary streaming video clip of a dirt devil attacking a soccer field.
If you see a moose to your car, get out of the way or else... this will happen (photographs). Yikes. Seen on
Something Awful's Classic Advertisements is the current theme for doctored images. Its description says: "Advertising is quite possibly mankind's greatest and worst achievement. While it is disgusting that we have made a wonderful art out of selling people things that they simply do not need, it is inspiring that we have made a wonderful art out of selling people things that they simply do not need. This week we journey back in time to a time still long after dinosaurs roamed the earth to beat the holy crap out of some of the advertisements of yesteryear." Be warned, some of them are pretty bad (not quality-wise).
Whoever comes up with these rodential homages really ought to consider getting a more challenging job..
Thanks to JT in #scvlug for the linkage.
KRQE News 13 reports that residents, who use Internet-based phone service, may have trouble connecting with the county's emergency operators. This was from Sheri Rogers, a San Juan County Communications Authority analyst. She says 911 calls made via phone line that also is carrying a digital subscriber line (DSL) may automatically be directed to administrative offices instead of the dispatch center.
I wonder how I missed this story back in December 2004. This Wired News article says a school teacher, George Masters, has the marketing world abuzz with a homemade ad for Apple Computer's iPod that is rapidly "going viral." It is a 60-second animated advertisement features flying iPods, pulsing hearts and swirling '70s psychedelia. There is a QuickTime video of it in the article. The commercial is set to the beat of "Tiny Machine" by '80s pop band the Darling Buds.