NetNewsNostalgia

Justin Williams wrote a beautiful retrospective about NetNewsWire, the most excellent RSS reader on Mac OS X.

NetNewsWire has been around forever. I started using version 1 almost exactly 7 years ago in 2004 and to this day and through several update cycles it remains my feed reader of choice. It’s probably the application on my Mac i spend the most time in, aside from the web browser. I can’t wait to see what Brent has in store for version 4.

Twitter Digest for Week Ending 2011-04-24

The Reading List, Easter Edition

Because it’s easter holidays, meaning that publishing is slower while people have more time to read, here’s another reading list with some of the things i’ve enjoyed reading over the last few weeks that i haven’t posted here so far:

Photosynth

If you have an iPhone you absolutely have to try out Microsoft’s Photosynth app for creating panorama photos. It works so incredibly well, it almost feels like magic. That’s probably the best one can say about any piece of technology.

Incidentally, Tom Hume made an interesting observation regarding Photosynth’s user interface: It brings UI design patterns and conventions from Windows Phone 7 to iPhone. I have to admit i’m rather fond of the visual styling.

Jonathan Stray » The editorial search engine:

[M]aybe a digital news product isn’t a collection of stories, but a system for learning about the world. For that to happen, news applications are going to need to do a lot of algorithmically-enhanced organization of content originally created by other people. This idea is antithetical to current newsroom culture and the traditional structure of the journalism industry. But it also points the way to more useful digital news products: more integration of outside sources, better search and personalization, and story-specific news applications that embody whatever combination of original content, human curation, and editorial algorithms will best help the user to learn.

iPhone Tracker Follow-Up

As a follow-up to the iPhone tracker fuss, a few notable articles:

Viewer Friendly Interfaces

Watching this video of an indoor navigation concept by Nokia i can’t shake the feeling it was primarily designed to look good on video rather than to function well, be usable and useful:

I wonder if gravitating toward viewer friendly user interfaces is a common problem with UI concept videos as they are surging in popularity lately.