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Douglas Adams, The Ingenuity of Complete Fools, and Empathetic Web Design

Posted by telecommatt on September 13, 2007

“A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.” – Douglas Adams

Any designer that begins an article with Douglas Adams scores instant points with me! Even without the great opening quote, this is a really good article. Very thought provoking. How often do we really think about feelings during the design process?

Part of being a web designer is trying to understand and make sense of how people are using your design. Therefore, being empathic, or having the ability to share and understand the feelings of another, is a valuable trait to have.

You can find the full article, as well as a few additional thoughts, here.

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Matt’s Daily Diigo Post 06/21/2007

Posted by telecommatt on June 21, 2007

Web2.0 – Logo Creatr

  • Kill time by creating a Web2.0-ish logo for your…something.
    – post by telecommatt

1 column | Theme viewer Annotated

  • another possibility for greathealth. prob choose this one. – post by telecommatt

1 column | Theme viewer Annotated

  • Looking for templates for greathealth site
    – post by telecommatt
  • possibility. clean, not much to get rid of. where do pages show up? – post by telecommatt

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MattsCuppa Link Roundup for 6-11-2007

Posted by telecommatt on June 11, 2007

More backlogged links! I’m especially excited about Remember the Milk being available offline. Most everyone knows I’m an RTM addict, and I am still convinced it’s the most flexible way to manage your GTD-life. Now, I can “remember the milk” from my PC online, from my laptop in line, and my mobile handset where ever. Sweet!

Firefox Extensions For Bloggers has a useful post today with 17 Firefox Extensions That Make Blogging Easy – broken down into Collecting, Writing and Images.

I hate lists like this – I end up spending half my day having to
install and test great new tools which are supposed to make me more
productive but in the short term which are wonderful distractions!

PS: The Split Browser
extension is going to be VERY useful. I quite often wish I didn’t
have to flip back and forth from one tab to another while writing a
post or newsletter in one tab and researching what I’m writing i
another. This is great – why didn’t anyone tell me!

What else don’t I know about?!? What are your favorite Firefox extensions?



any camera phone you can quickly and easily send photos where everyone
can view them. Don’t just tell your friends about it, burstcast

Web As Desktop: Remember the Milk gets Gears


The popular online todo list Remember the Milk has paired up with the spanking new Google Gears to offer a seamless online/offline experience for RTM.

the Milk’s Google Gears integration is really impressive, offering the
entire RTM experience in offline mode—meaning that you can view
your todo lists, add tasks, edit tasks, search your tasks, create Smart
Lists, along with anything else you like to do with RTM. As far as I’ve
seen, RTM is the first popular non-Google app (and the second app
outside of Google Reader) to offer offline access and synchronization
with Google Gears, and it’s done a helluva job. Looking forward to
seeing more of this.

The Week in Sustainable Mobility (6/3/07)

Editor’s Note: Check out Minnesota in the eco news! We don’t often make headlines here. Must be that Minnesota Nice thing…

A Final Batch of Productivity Tips

During my mini-hiatus after the birth of my son a few more productivity tips did come through for the Ultimate Guide to Productivity.

seem to have stopped at this point so maybe the Ultimate Guide to
Productivity group writing project meme has played out its course.
That’s totally fine. I’ve listed the remaining submissions

You can still submit a post if you’d like – just tell us your best productivity tips!

the meantime I’ll start the huge task of reviewing all the posts
again and preparing the much-promised e-book. I can’t give a
deadline at this stage, and as soon as I get a handle on the work
I’ll call for help from others. But here goes nothing!

  1. Tag, I’m It! by Christina Haas
  2. Number 1 productivity tip by Shannon
  3. Productivity: Snooze It or Lose It by Connie Reece
  4. Automation: My Ultimate Guide to Productivity by Alaeddin
  5. Meme Week: My Secret to Productivity by Mark Goodyear
  6. Cutting Out the Bull: Information Overload and Productivity by David Bohl
  7. Fear – The Ultimate Productivity Blocker by Shaboom
  8. Ultimate Guide to Productivity: A Tip the Worx by In The Worx

If I’m not mistaken, this brings our total number of submissions to 137!

be posting the full list shortly so there’s a single page to
access all of the great productivity tips. And again, you can keep
sending them in if you’ve got them…


Upload and play your iTunes library and all your digital music online.
Easy download to your iPod or PC. Safely share music and playlists.
URL: Lala.


An online instructional cooking site that walks you step-by-step through each recipe with video tutorials. URL: Rouxbe.


A browser-based online mind mapping application. URL: Mind42.

Make your site mobile friendly

A nice introduction into the world of the mobile web. Personally it
felt it played down the challenges in places but it still gave some
nice advice.

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Matt’s Daily Diigo Post 05/12/2007

Posted by telecommatt on May 12, 2007

Codswallop » The Freelancer’s Toolset: 100 Web Apps for Everything You Will Possibly Need Annotated

Running a business for yourself means you have to be inventive and always on the lookout for a new and better way to get things done. Innovation junkies, take note: the Internet has a lot to offer. From invoicing to marketing, these are tools that freelancers need to know about.


  • Returns a color scheme from a photo. Very useful tool.
    – post by telecommatt

Textorizer – vectorise a picture using text strings Annotated

textorize a picture

ajax13 – Welcome to ajax13

  • AJAX office suite. Read/write MS Office files from a Web2.0 interface.
    – post by telecommatt

WebSnapr – Website Thumbnails For Your Site Annotated

WebSnapr lets you capture screenshots of (almost) any web page. Let your visitors
to instantly visualize any web page before clicking. Increase site traffic, click-through
rate and site stickiness.

CamStudio – Free Screen Recording Software Annotated

Free Streaming Video Software : Website Screenshot Generation – Website Thumbnail Service

  • Capture screenshots of websites
    – post by telecommatt

URL Investigator

  • Easy way to check your Pagerank, Alexa rank, etc. Shows linkback too.
    – post by telecommatt

Remember The Milk – Blog

  • For those who don’t know, I use (RTM) as my task manager. I haven’t done a full review yet, but I do highly recommend it. Part of what I like is the flexibility. I clipped this list of custom searches mostly for myself, but thought other RTM users might see some use in them as well.
    – post by telecommatt

WordPress Theme Generator Annotated

  • Very cool. If you’re not looking for any TOO unique, this is a pretty sweet tool!
    – post by telecommatt

This online generator creates your own custom unique WordPress Theme. Without any need for HTML, JS, PHP, or CSS knowledge.

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Matt’s Daily Diigo Post 04/13/2007

Posted by telecommatt on April 13, 2007

    Freelance Writers – Expore the Freelance Writing Jobs at LifeTips

    • Become a Guru, post tips or publish a book. Get paid.
       – post by telecommatt

    Helium – Where Knowledge Rules

    • Get paid for your writing if you get rated high enough.
       – post by telecommatt

    Associated Content Frequently Asked Questions

    • pays $3-$20 for freelance writing.
       – post by telecommatt

    SplashCast: Channel Yourself Across the Web  Annotated

      About SplashCast

        The Principles of Beautiful Web Design [Design Principles]

          SQL – Wikibooks, collection of open-content textbooks

   – Free Computer Books, Tutorials & Lecture Notes


                Best Places to Get Free Books – The Ultimate Guide | Friedbeef’s Tech


                  • This seems like a really cool and potentially useful app! It’s basically a web bot that allows you to store, add, and edit random bits of information via their website or via sms. For example, you have what they call a GAD that lists your coworkers’ birthdays by the month. You SMS MyGads “May birthdays” and it sends you back the GAD that lists your coworkers who have May birthdays. This has some serious GTD potential too!
                     – post by telecommatt

                  Children bear brunt of climate warming: report – Yahoo! News  Annotated

                  • This is a chilling thing to think about, that our children, who look to us as their protectors, will suffer the most from climate change. And it’s too late. There is nothing we can do to take this thing we’ve helped create away from them. Yes, we can stop what is happening from getting worse, but we can’t stop what is already in motion.
                     – post by telecommatt
                  LONDON (Reuters) – Children will increasingly bear the
                  brunt of global warming, a report said on Friday, while another
                  said the climate would continue to heat up in coming decades
                  regardless of efforts to curb emissions of carbon gases.

                    UK policy body wants health warnings on flights – Yahoo! News  Annotated

                      LONDON (Reuters) – Advertisements for flights, or holidays
                      that include flying, should carry a tobacco-style health
                      warning to remind people of the global warming crisis, a
                      leading British think-tank said on Thursday.

                        Posted in Betas (as in not-the-fish), Ebooks, Free/Open Source, Freelancing, Green, Our World, Podcasts/Podcasting, Politics, web-based services, Webdev | 1 Comment »

                        Matt’s Daily Diigo Post 04/12/2007

                        Posted by telecommatt on April 12, 2007

                        HouseFront | Accurate, Immediate, Mobile Access to House Values

                        • Don’t really have a use for this now, but it’s a really cool idea!
                           – post by telecommatt

                        Wattpad – 330 Java Tips

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                          Matt’s Daily Diigo Post 04/01/2007

                          Posted by telecommatt on April 1, 2007

                          Workspace Launches Web-based Access to FTP

                            Mashable is Hiring Writers

                              Free CSS Editors : blog  Annotated

                                We’ve come up with a list of FREE CSS Editors that you can work with to improve your website design with with CSS by wasting the least amount of time.

                                  tweako: digg-like tech site: etc: quick links to good stuff  Annotated

                                    tweako is a brand new, digg-like, user-powered site, and social network “serving guides, tutorials, and more in all categories of computing, technology, and the Internet.”

                                    Categories include gadgets, graphics, hacks, hardware, internet, linux, Mac/Apple, multimedia, networking, programming, software and windows , all in a digg-like

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                                      Matt’s Daily Diigo Post 03/21/2007

                                      Posted by telecommatt on March 21, 2007

                                      Web apps: from idea to launch by Blogging Pro

                                      How to lower your credit card interest rate with a loan from Prosper – Lifehacker

                                      PHP VIDEO TUTORIAL FOR WEB DESIGNERS

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                                      Matt’s Daily Diigo Post 03/04/2007

                                      Posted by telecommatt on March 4, 2007

                             / A showroom of nice looking simple downloadable DHTML and AJAX scripts

                                      • A collection of AJAX and DHTML scripts. What sets this site apart is the demo of each script on the page. Useful so you can see how it’s supposed to look. – post by telecommatt

                                      Deligio discover & manage your favorite software

                                      • A tag-based search engine for software. – post by telecommatt

                                      Organized Pantry: A Beginner Guide to Pantry Pride – OrganizedHome.Com

                                      • Yeah, my pantry needs all the help it can get! I just moved all my tea into the pantry since it no longer fit in it’s designated cupboard. I had to take stuff out of my pantry to fit all the tea! Oh well, how often do I really use pinenuts, baking soda, and vanilla extract anyhow? – post by telecommatt

                                      Make your brain learn faster – Lifehacker

                                      A project manager’s guide to organization – Lifehacker

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