Visually recently posted The Origins of Common UI Symbols infographic. Each symbol featured has a explanation of how it has come to be used everyday, as we operate our many different forms of technology.
If you are like me, you may not have ever wondered about these various icons, but it is actually really interesting to see the history behind each one.
Here are some of the icons included:
As any web developer will tell you, although most people are working inside of a web browser, the experience does differ—although only slightly.
The infographic below, breaks down the difference between Mac and PC users. I found it a little humorous to see how much these statistics reflect the generalized stereotypes of PC and Mac users. It makes me wonder why Microsoft tries so hard to buck that trend. If that’s your user base, then that’s your user base—embrace it!
Which do you use—Mac or Windows (sorry Linux users)?
File this under: “I Have To Buy This!”
They have now invented the ability to write out with a pen working circuitry that can eliminate the need for a breadboard. Building electronic circuits has never been easier!
For someone that has a rich history in Computer Engineering and tinkering as well as wanting to pass some of these fun little things to my son (and other children), I do plan to get this if it becomes a viable product.
Honestly, it makes circuitry and electronics so much easier to explain and create.
Well, this didn’t happen to me, but it comes first hand from the guy who dealt with it.
I have a friend who used to be one of the internal tech support at a large telco.
One day, he got a call asking about to clean a keyboard on a new computer… Continue Reading…
Many of my Tech Wreck Tuesday posts have been fun little posts of me screwing up something that ended with minimal consequences and fun stories to result. This is one of those stories that I got in serious trouble with and actually hated to refer to while I was getting my computer engineering degree. Wounds have healed and this is maybe one of my greatest tech wrecks, ever.
My son is five years old and I love the way he treats technology. He handles my iPad like a pro, does interactive games on the TV, and loves to Google for toys with me. One of the things we often do together is watch pictures on Google images, for instance of planets, dinosaurs, or castles.
That’s why many of the facts in this infographic about the wired child and how tech kids these days grow up in a digital age resonated with me. I see my son do these things, know these things, and display an intuitive grasp of how digital technology works.
Luckily, he still also loves to play outside, climb in trees, and get all muddy and dirty. Boys should be boys after all.
For a Christian youngster, nothing was more terrifying than the idea of missing the Rapture. I don’t think there was a Christian teen alive between 1970 and 2000 that didn’t wake up in the middle of an exceptionally quite night, freak out, and then rush into his or her parents’ room, hoping that he or she hadn’t been left behind. (If that wasn’t you, do yourself a favor and watch A Thief in the Night and retroactively scare the crap out of your teenage self.)
Anyway, today’s tech wreck fits nicely into the horror and fear of missing the Rapture. See, one time, all of my documents were “raptured” from my computer.
Last year my computer started to show signs of age. It had served me well and survived many trips between the UK and Ukraine and into various offices for teaching classes, but its battery was starting to decline, the fan was making more noises, it was taking longer to load up, and worst of all, sometimes it didn’t charge. I knew I’d have to replace it and had taken a peek at potential replacements.
My family is staunchly Mac-only, but we weren’t always this way. In years past, I’d sworn by Windows XP, thinking Apple computers something nice to play with but not for real computer users. Ah, the ignorance of youth. Here’s a lovely tale of fail from my “Windows years.”
It was six years ago this past June that I married my lovely wife. It was a beautiful wedding, and we enjoyed a wonderful trip up to Chicago for our honeymoon. When we returned at the end of the week, I was greeted with an uncomfortable message from my Compaq Presario, “Drive not found.”
At some point during our travels, my computer’s hard drive had failed. This is no major tragedy. It happens to everyone at some point. However, I had just finished my first year of teaching, a terrible year where I had little-to-no curriculum and had to write my own, and I had yet to create a backup copy of all those lesson plans and worksheets that I’d spent countless hours crafting.
I’d lost it all.
If you have any investment in ministry with a church or non-profit, regardless if you are paid staff or a volunteer, you understand what it means to be busy. As a church techie, this busyness can be a huge issue if the very limited resource of time is not held with proper boundaries. If you ever worked for more than nine months on the church’s soundboard, video team, or presentation team, you more than likely have stated ,”I’ll just do it Sunday morning.”