Gmail Ups Storage and Adds Rich Formatting

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Interesting to see that Google has “added rich formatting”:http://gmail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=8260 to “Gmail”:http://gmail.google.com/gmail while “upping storage space limits”:http://www.google.com/gmail/help/whatsnew.html. While Google and “Wired News”:http://www.wired.com/news/business/0,1367,67094,00.html both say the new limit is 2GB, my Gmail account says “You are currently using 106 MB (7%) of your 1509 MB.” An April Fool’s joke perhaps?

It’s Not Just the ‘internet’ Now

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I just discovered, (via Zeldman) that Wired News has changed its style guide so that Web and Internet are now web and internet.
I always thought that you were supposed to capitalize proper nouns. And to me “Internet” is the name of a unique thing (as is Web). There is only one Internet and one Web so they deserve the caps. With all due respect to Wired and Zeldman, until we have more then one Internet or Web, I think the capitals remain.
Referring to a “Web designer” or an “Internet consultant” doesn’t allow you do drop the under the argument that there are many of those. The Web and Internet in those terms are adjectives modifying the nouns and as such (I believe) retain their caps. Just like “Pope watcher” or “Madonna fan” aren’t “pope watcher” and “madonna fan”.
BTW, I use e-mail not E-mail, intranet not Intranet (there are lots of intranets, not just one), and Net (short for Internet) not ‘Net or net.

Cleaning Up For The Housekeeper

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Kathleen Straub has written a nice overview of the difference between an Expert Review and User Testing called “Cleaning Up For The Housekeeper”.
The whole article is good, but here’s a key point she makes:
bq.. “*Expert Review* examines details of human computer interaction guided by basic research about how humans interpret, understand and interact with objects in the world. As such, Heuristic Review exploits our generic understanding of human cognition to identify design/presentation details that may facilitate or impede a user’s progress within a task. These include issues such as affordances (How obvious the right next-thing-to-do is.), consistency and the effectiveness of layout and color to guide the user experience.
*Usability testing* identifies gaps between the site model and representative user conceptual use model in the specific context of use. Meaningful usability testing means observing representative users doing things on the site. Users bring unique domain knowledge and experience to their user experience. Designers—even experts—don’t have the same perspective.”
p. The title comes from the distinction between “straightening” and “cleaning”. You don’t hire a “straightening lady” so you need to straighten first so she can do her job. In the same way, it makes sense to do an expert review first (to “straighten”) and then do usability testing (to “clean”).

Make the Architecture Disappear

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MoMA’s architect Yoshio Taniguchi says:
bq. Raise a lot of money for me, I’ll give you good architecture. Raise even more money, I’ll make the architecture disappear.
“via”:http://www.kottke.org

Clipped: ClickZ for April 1, 2005

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Here are today’s “ClickZ”:http://www.clickz.com articles:
* “Cross-Media Challenges”:http://www.clickz.com/experts/brand/buzz/article.php/3494411 (Pamela Parker)
* “Rich Media Darwinism”:http://www.clickz.com/experts/ad/rich_media/article.php/3493991 (Dorian Sweet)
* “Accelerated Keyword and Engine Testing, Part 1”:http://www.clickz.com/experts/search/strat/article.php/3494036 (Kevin Lee)
* “Web Analytics: Exciting Times Ahead”:http://www.clickz.com/experts/crm/traffic/article.php/3493976: (Bryan Eisenberg)