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Reasons to celebrate 29th April 2010

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One of the first things I did when I joined Canonical just over a year ago was conduct some user research. The idea was to identify some broad areas that needed to be addressed and so I devised sessions that included topics like dealing with music and photos, browsing the Internet, chatting with friends, etc. This initial set of participants had never used Ubuntu nor were they familiar with open...

What makes a good design critic?

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While at CHI earlier this week, I went along to a session with the same title as this blog post. I was looking for some inspiration, something to take to a UDS (Ubuntu Developer Summit) session perhaps, something to turn into a blog post, food for thought. The session at CHI included a food critic, a restaurant designer, a food stylist, a chef and a user experience director; correction: the chef...

Trailwalker

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Every year Oxfam runs a Trailwalker event in the South Downs. 4 people, 1 goal, 100km (60 miles for those of you who are old school), 30 hours. I am delighted to be able to participate this year. (I am also very nervous about doing it and slightly apprehensive about discussing it with my mother who is still cross with me for fainting after the 60km Just Walk event last year. Shhhh…)...

Reasons to celebrate 15th April 2010

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Karmic saw the first community wallpaper competition and delivered us a beautiful set of photographs for our desktops. Last cycle’s winners were this cycles judges and everyone has delivered. Ladies and gentlemen I give you the results of the wallpaper competition! Congratulations to the winners and huge thanks to the judges. I know, from my experience as a judge last time, that the task is...

Last night a Brompton saved my life*

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To give context to this story you need to know two things about me: 1) I am a commuter. I live in Brighton and work in London which means that I have a one hour train journey at the start and end of each working day. 2) I like cycling. I have used a bicycle as my main mode of transport (where reasonable) since I was about 17. I love the freedom of getting around on a bicycle, especially in a city...

The process of certainty. And mojitos.

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You know that feeling when you know someone very well and you buy them a present? You know they will love it and you are excited at the very thought of their delight? Part of you is a little scared though. A few butterflies in the stomach. What if I have misread? What if they don’t like it? I listened to someone speak recently who said that one thing he had learnt in his IT career was that...

The Digital Economy Bill: Bananas!

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Over at Confused of Calcutta, JP Rangaswami has written a crystal clear article on why we should be concerned about the content and treatment of the Digital Economy Bill. Wherever you live, whatever your interests I urge you to read it. If you live in the UK, whatever your position I urge you to write to your MP and tell them you want this bill properly debated. Mr Lepper, you have not had time...

Reasons to celebrate: 24th March 2010

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Today is Ada Lovelace day. Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace was born on 10th December 1815, the only child of Lord Byron and his wife, Annabella. Born Augusta Ada Byron, but now known simply as Ada Lovelace, she wrote the world’s first computer programmes for the Analytical Engine, a general-purpose machine that Charles Babbage had invented. Saying it in Ada: while women /= men loop Ada...

Those pesky buttons

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Many of you have been asking for some correspondence regarding the button position in the window manager. Here it is. At Ubuntu we have a golden opportunity not only to make our OS as good as the competition but to make it better. The button position discussion and analysis started with: – Why do Mac OS and Windows have the buttons where they do? – What was the functional reason...

Reasons to celebrate: 4th March 2010

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My first year working for Canonical draws to a close with my team delivering a new identity for Ubuntu. I am very proud of the result and would like to thank them for all their hard work. I also want to thank Mark Shuttleworth and Jane Silber for setting out the challenge and for being part of the team. Ubuntu has a great engineering heritage. It is fast and efficient. Ubuntu gives the world an...

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Ivanka

Ivanka Majic works in technology. She was Head of Design for Ubuntu, service managed Digital Marketplace through to beta, was acting director of digital for the Labour Party. She lives and works in Brighton where she works with the council’s digital first team, does a bit of teaching at Sussex University, and works with her husband on projects like restaurantsbrighton.co.uk and the BRAVOs. She has also started a podcast with her friend Michael which you can listen to at grandpodcast.com.

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