Markdown - the Renaissance of plain text

February 17, 2012  • comments: 1

Plain text is readable and can be edited by most applications. It’s light, virtually indestructable, and great for jotting down quick notes. However, getting from text to a visually appealing format usually means giving up all these virtues.

This is where Markdown shines. Markdown is a way of formatting plain text so it can be rendered as formatted HTML, PDF and many other formats. Markdown usage and support in OS X writing applications is soaring these days, so I thought I’d show you how I’m using Markdown every day.

Here’s to the Crazy Ones

October 6, 2011

Here’s to the crazy ones.
The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently.

They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo.

You can praise them, disagree with them, quote them, disbelieve them, glorify them or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things.

Fragging on iOS – the good, the bad & the ugly

September 20, 2011

After several years of not playing any computer games at all (can you imagine?) I finally broke the fasting. And while I was at it I went and checked out what I missed in first-person-shooters on the Mac in the last years.

But not enough with this, I also tested a few of their brethren on iOS and I was quite surprised about playability of FPS on the fastest growing game platform.

twitter whoring – or why “bugger off and search for yourself” is not good usability

August 29, 2011  • comments: 4

There’s a massive trend of bloggers to switch off comments and ask people to comment on their articles via twitter, Google+ or Facebook. Their argument is “discussions happen there mainly anyway”.

This is an utterly user-unfriendly move just in order to stroke your ego for more hits on your site. It disturbs me even more to see usability/UX bloggers do this. You are so not eating your own dogfood!

How I learned to stop worrying and love Final Cut Pro X

June 24, 2011

That “X” is a Roman numeral ten as in OS X (yes that also was supposed to be read oh-es-ten in case you didn’t know). So what’s happening with Final Cut Pro, the leader in video editing second to none? It’s got an upgrade. And they dropped the price from US $1,000 to US $299. People are outraged.

This is due to a certain Déjà vu: when iMovie got its last major upgrade it got a completely revamped UI and technically it went finally into the 21st century, but it also lost a lot of features. At first that is.

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