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  • Local authority and government websites are the most difficult to use, followed by financial services and retail and ecommerce websites, according to new findings released today. News and media company sites are identified as the easiest to use sites, followed by travel websites and utility websites, according to the vertical usability poll, carried out by user experience consultancy, Webcredible.

    The research revealed an overwhelming feeling that the public sector needs to do more to make its websites easy to use, with more than one third (34 per cent) of respondents identifying the local authority / government sector as having the most difficult to use websites, largely due to difficulties in finding information. In contrast, the informational sites of news and media companies were identified as the easiest to use with only 7 per cent of respondents identifying these sites as the most difficult to use

  • imply put, the emphasis on best practices and skill sharing fails at the point where organizers function in an organization that simply hasn’t made a commitment to change. Evidence of that is all around us in the form of Executive Directors and managers who think they can devote more attention to online tools without simultaneously decreasing attention somewhere else. Or what about the gap between status power and expertise that develops in teams where the newest and least empowered member has to spend energy persuading the boss instead of getting work done? Three of the sectors where this comes into play the most are labor, low-income grassroots economic justice groups, and local political campaigns.
    (tags: socialmedia)
  • It’s always good to be able to articulate design choices to your clients; why you put something where, why you chose the color scheme you did, etc. This knowledge is one of the biggest differences between a designer and a non-designer. But there is a lot to remember when it comes to the realm of graphic design – so much so that it’s pretty much impossible to remember everything from all the theories of graphic design, to web design best practices to Photoshop keyboard shortcuts.
  • To build a complex Web application or even just spice up a website with some highly interactive interface element, we have hundreds of pre-built solutions to choose from. Every library comes with widgets and solutions, and every developer tries to make a name for him or herself by releasing a funky JavaScript solution to a certain interface problem. We can pick from dozens of menus, image carousels, tabs, form validators and “lightboxes.”
  • Everyone talks about achieving it, but most people have plenty of excuses as to why they can’t, won’t, or don’t want to change their current status. The most common excuse people make for not trying to have a healthy lifestyle is “a lack of time.” Have you ever said to yourself, “Oh, I’m tired, I don’t have time to exercise?” or “I don’t feel like cooking dinner tonight; let’s just get some fast food.”

    Yes Dorothy, excuses are real and they are contagious.

  • Amazon says it has already released the Kindle Development Kit to a select number of partners, including the video game giant Electronic Arts, and will make it more widely available when a limited beta period starts next month. It anticipates formally adding what it calls “active content” to the Kindle store sometime later this year.

    Ian Freed, Amazon’s vice president for the Kindle, said there would be three different categories of active content: free applications, one-time paid applications, and applications that require a monthly subscription. Kindles that have already been sold will be able to run these programs once Amazon has remotely upgraded their software.

    (tags: amazon kindle)
  • Another report that I almost got done before Christmas and the New Year hit was the first chapter in SharePoint Roadmap Governance Themes: Governing SharePoint to Enhance Business Collaboration. It is now done … and is available immediately.

    The report (to become a chapter later in the year) looks at the governance theme of Site Creation Rights when using SharePoint for collaboration. From the Executive Summary:

    "What you decide about who is permitted to create a new site in SharePoint, under what conditions, with what approval process, and through what method, has a huge bearing on the effectiveness of your use of SharePoint for collaboration. Get it right, and people will have a clear picture of what is required when creating a new site, thus setting the framework for effective use. Get it wrong, and your SharePoint implementation will result in site sprawl, unused team sites, and poor findability."

  • The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) is a step closer to opening its government identity services to use by private sector partners.

    Last September the department consulted with the private sector on the best way to develop and operate services such as the igovt Identity Verification Service (IVS) and the Government Logon Service (GLS) and says it is pleased with the results.

    The move to investigate such partnerships follows a Cabinet decision in August to continue the roll-out of igovt using existing funding while exploring options for commercial involvement.

  • Just like Beatles song "Let it be" and Akira Kurosawa's Movie "Dreams"
    there are a lot of works which were inspired by the dream.
    Haven't you dreamed "What if we can note the idea appearing in the dream."

    "Let It Sleep" is the tool which supports your creativity by recording you talking in sleep.
    Turn "Let It Sleep" on and sleep, and it detects and records your talking in sleep automatically.

    (tags: iphone app sleep)
  • app.itize.us is a painstakingly curated presentation of the best produced and designed iPhone applications that are available for download via the App Store.

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