Archive for August, 2009

More buttons does not equal better experience

The other day my friend got a new mouse.  It has nine buttons and a 5 way scroll wheel on it.  When browsing around my local computer store todays keyboards like they would be more at home in an airplane cockpit.  It seems new keyboards are in an arms race to see who can cram the most buttons on them.

Why?  Why do gadgets constantly get more complex?

And is the answer really more buttons?

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Focuspad helps your creative writing

Creative writing is an important aspect of many things you want to do.  Yet little attention is given to the tools you use in your writing tasks.  I have created Focuspad as a tool to help minimise distraction and maximise focus when undertaking creative writing tasks.

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Start an argument to get a new perspective

It’s not uncommon for us to get stuck in a particular line of thinking when tackling a task or problem.  It is very easy to just do it the same way everyone else does,  or to apply a similar pattern that we’re used to.  But sometimes it can be very beneficial to start looking at the task from different angles in order to find new and better ways of doing things.  One way to do this is to start an argument.

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