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In the blog of Theandb (definition of blog), we share with our readers the personal view and insights we have on developments in the technology sector. And as that is nowadays quite a broad sector, we set our eyes on many diferent topics and questions facing society. We also post entries on recent developments of Theandb as a company. For us, it is a part of an ongoing collaboration and communication with colleagues, clients and friends.

visualization helps in conquering HIV

I recently saw a wonderful example of how data visualization technologies are helping us in all industries and particularly more recently in the research of new and more effective, targeted drugs. See the BBC's item on Scientists expose HIV weak spot.

Why language matters in user-interface design

A recent Nielsen/ NetRatings survey showed that "people are buying cutting-edge technology but often don't understand the terms that describe what their device actually does."

So even if many of "us" might believe that words such as RSS or VoIP are understood by everyone, that would be very narrow sighted indeed. What you can not miss is a good Copyeditor that helps translate your intentions for a system into language that users will comprehend. Otherwise, all your beautiful features will simply overload a users mind and they will not be useable.

And here the link to the BBC news item: Geekspeak still baffles web users

New mapping applications

Yet another article that makes you see that sci-fi is now entitled Plan to Map the world in real time. I'll forward this to our partner Cityneo and see how they respond. Surely, not everyone can match the ressources that Microsoft can bring into this arena but often it's the brains and not the # of people isn't it?

multiple point touch interface

I am aware that this link to the video on multiple point touch interfaces has been posted in a couple of other spots on the net but I'd still like to spread the word further with this post of mine.

Take a look first 

And don't you have to agree that this is way cooler than 'Minority Report'? Because it's out there, right now! And also because there must be companies that plan to launch products to incorporate such advancements in touchpoint technology. I can't wait to get my hands on one of those machines. MacRumors has a couple of posts such as this one on the possibility of Apple releasing just one of those wunder-machines.



protopage: ajax based personal page

Protopage = [Ajax based] personalized news + sticky notes + bookmarks, all on one page
Kind of cool. You don't need to register to try it out.
Again a beautiful Ajax realisation , showing how easy user interface can become

Yahoo launches a flight fare comparison engine

Cheap Airfares, Hotel Rooms and Rental Cars on Yahoo! FareChase. Search dozens of travel sites with one click.

Using AJAX mix of technologies intelligently this platform offers a great usability experience.
I tried it and love it :-)

Rich Internet Application or Ajax ?

adaptive path » ajax: a new approach to web applications

New techniques emerge these days in the realms of web UI.

Have you ever heard of Rich Internet Application? No? well take a look at Backbase which actually I would classify as an AJAX type (see primary link of this entry).

You also have the Flash base type with Macromedia product Flex and its opensource counter part Lazlo

Now these are just 2 different philosophy/approach to solve the same issues and produce feature rich, interactive web interface.

Take a look at the beta version of Google Suggest and Google Maps , both AJAX based applications.

Smooth, fast, fascinating experience don't you think? Well think about your website, the magic could apply there as well. Using a mix of standard technologies:
* standards-based presentation using XHTML and CSS;
* dynamic display and interaction using the Document Object Model;
* data interchange and manipulation using XML and XSLT;
* asynchronous data retrieval using XMLHttpRequest;
* and JavaScript binding everything together.

Yahoo! netrospective

Yahoo! Netrospective: 10 years, 100 moments of the Web

Interesting retrospective and cool UI :-*


Macroscope Manifesto

Macroscope Manifesto 02-27-02

Just blogging this to read it later... Sounds interesting stuff... But this is not a review yet just a bear genuine interest hint.

Flash interface : a masterpiece

NGf - Map of Creativity

A fantastic Flash interface to navigate and actually update a project database .
Inspiration for Chin and Bjoern, flashbrain and beyond?