Saturday, December 21, 2013

PS4 Issues: Who is using this controller?

I've set my PS4 Dualshock4 to shut off after a period of 10 minutes, as it's a real battery hog. That works like a charm - except that it makes me go through the infuriating "Who is this controller?" process every time I turn it on again. So instead of making a clever guess that I'm still the last user, I have to make an extra selection by pressing X. Dumb.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Switching from Tumblr to Blogger

Okay, I switched from Tumblr to Blogger. Tumblr was great - for six hundred posts - but it's time to move on because some things bother me. I'm not sure what, but the limitations of the platform are a bit tiresome.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

PS4 issues: Real name request

Cannot send the name request because of the recipient’s status. (E-8220290B)

This is Playstation4 telling me something. I guess it means the user I’m sending the real name request to is a PS3 user and doesn’t have this sweet feature of PS4.

PS4 Issues: user switching

Last week I bought myself the oh-so-new Playstation 4. It’s my first time jumping to the early adopters -train of a new console generation - and I’m really excited about it.

As one would expect, the software isn’t finished yet. There are some usability issues that bother me, and I know I’m not alone. I’ll go through some of these and try to paint a few pictures on how to make it better.

User Switching

I don’t know how Sony managed to make it such complicated multi step process. Now it goes like this:

  1. I hold PS button to enter the shutdown menu.

  2. The shutdown / log off -menu shows up.

  3. I select “Log Out of PS4” by moving the selection focus one step down.

  4. I push X to make the selection.

  5. A message “Press the PS button to use the controller” shows up.

  6. I push the PS button.

  7. I get to see another message: “DUALSHOCK4 wireless controller connected. Who is using this controller?”.

  8. I select the other profile on my PS4 by moving the selection focus one step right.

  9. I push X to make the selection.

  10. Boom - I am finally logged into the other user profile.
I know the case of having multiple users isn’t a priority when designing a new console interface, but I’ve been juggling a few accounts since I first got my PS3. It’d be great if the users (most people have just a few) would be selectable directly from the shutdown menu, and not by first logging off and then selecting another one. I was able to choose my wanted user profile in PS3, so why not now?

Monday, November 4, 2013

Apotti-hankkeen kilpailutukseen osallistuvat tahot julkistetaan tänään kello 15.30. Bingo pyörimään!

Lessig Blog, v2: Keynote, we hardly knew you

Link: Lessig Blog, v2: Keynote, we hardly knew you


So people are often intrigued by my “power point slides.” I explain, patiently, that my slides are Keynote. (Repeat: legitimate Free Software objection; repeat: criticism accepted).

The latest version of Keynote breaks my slide show. (E.g., the deck that produced my TED talk now won’t work)….

I wonder which would be the best alternative for Keynote, too. I’ve not even opened the latest update and now got frightened to do so…

Monday, October 28, 2013

Captain’s Log

Day 2 since PMMP quit the show business is about to begin. It’s dark and stormy, but the crew has high hopes for the future.

(gif source: Giffaa hei! #526: PMMP | Nuorgam)

Sunday, October 20, 2013

20 Animated Gifs that Explain How Things Work

Link: 20 Animated Gifs that Explain How Things Work

Some of these images are super interesting.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

iOS 7 includes a ticket to the next generation of the internet

Link: iOS 7 includes a ticket to the next generation of the internet


Christopher Mims:

For five years, researchers have toiled over an obscure bit of fundamental internet infrastructure that promises to make the connections to our mobile devices faster and more reliable than ever, and if you’ve already downloaded Apple’s iOS 7 to your iPhone or iPad, you could be using it already.

It’s called multi-path TCP, and here’s why it matters and how it works: At present, if your phone or tablet is connected to Wi-Fi and a cellular network at the same time, it can only use one or the other connection to transmit data. But what if your Wi-Fi connection or your 3G connection drops? Whatever data was being transmitted—data for an app, a webpage, an iMessage—will fail to arrive, and you have to try again, usually after getting a frustrating error message or a blank page. Just as importantly, if one of your connections to the internet slows down, or speeds up, your phone has no ability to use its other connections to its advantage, leading to a poorer and slower experience overall.

Makes sense: the pipe shouldn’t matter, the connection should.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

We need to stop treating DJs as performers if we’re to preserve the original ethos of clubbing

Disclosure Unplugged: Why DJs Need To Step Down From The Stage - Sabotage Times

Monday, April 29, 2013

This is pretty awesome. Also a few buildings I’ve seen and admired.

The ABC of Architects (by fedelpeye)

Sunday, April 21, 2013


This is why Drake Bell is one of my favourite people


Dirty Handz 3: Search and Destroy .. watch full movie online

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Because designing complex interaction is efficient on paper prototypes.

(Link to the original post in Cennydd which I fixed a bit)

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Sony RX1 Review

Link: Sony RX1 Review

That seems to be very impressive camera - and almost 1:1 when I map it to my wish list. Too bad it’s too expensive and the battery life is so bad.

Monday, February 18, 2013

This is super awesome and I love everything this page has to offer for everyone who’s into graphic design. (via New York City Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual)

Monday, February 11, 2013

Nike’s support team confirms an Android app isn’t currently in the works. “Right now, we’re focused on iOS and the web,” says the tweet. “We’re not working on an Android app.

Nike has no plans to release FuelBand Android app, says it’s focused on iOS | The Verge via Daring Fireball

Yes, the subway system of Stockholm is pretty amazing. This article is really interesting and there’s a bunch of lovely photos of the stations!

(via Stockholm’s Incredible Futuristic Metro)

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

This is sort of creepy but still funny. Time to move out, huh?

Saturday, January 26, 2013

This is incredible. I’d like to try something like this on my own but first I’d need to get one of these huge glass bottles.

(via The sealed bottle garden still thriving after 40 years without fresh air or water)

Monday, January 21, 2013

Who really likes the “software” in their car, microwave, or blu-ray player?

That is one excellent question.

CES: Worse Products Through Software

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Wow. These phones are interesting even when I personally would not want to get one.

These original phones integrate wacky features like 7.1 stereo sound, dual SIM cards, a functional cigarette holder, a high-zoom lens, or a built-in UV LED for counterfeit money detection. Their ability to not just copy, but to innovate and riff off of designs is very significant. They are doing to hardware what the web did for rip/mix/burn or mashup compilations. The Ferrari toy car meets mobile phone, or the watch mixed with a phone (complete with camera!) are good examples of mashup: they are not a copies of any single idea but they mix IP from multiple sources to create a new heterogeneous composition, such that the original source material is still distinctly recognizable in the final product.

(via Tech Trend: Shanzhai « bunnie’s blog)