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How to Find the Perfect Linux Distribution for You. Creative, Unsolicited Redesigns of Popular Web Sites (6 Examples) Nothing gets the creative juices flowing quite like redesigning a popular, well-known site.

Creative, Unsolicited Redesigns of Popular Web Sites (6 Examples)

Reimagining how a site, app or brand identity would look can help to show the product in a different light, and can help get you thinking about why certain design decisions are made. While unsolicited redesigns can sometimes bring controversy, they can help to show how a design can be made more user-friendly, intuitive and useful. Of course, it’s hugely important to mention that there are many, many reasons why a design ends up looking the way it does. A site that may appear to be awkward to use may look like that because the company has other requirements other than usability.

Perhaps they need to display adverts in order to keep up their service, or need to encourage user sign-ups – and promoting that may be more important to them than quicker access to content. New York Times Redesign by Andy Rutledge The Redesign New York Times Redesign →View Fullsize → Why Software Architecture Fails. I have worked on very old software systems.

Why Software Architecture Fails

Some are over twenty years old. Many software engineers I know work on older systems. What happens is subsystems get replaced over times by new subsystems, fundamentally changing the architecture. Sometimes when the architectural decay is so great, the entire system must be replaced. Not so in this system I worked on. There was one piece of this system I remember well. But this is a rarity in the software world.

In his book Why Buildings Fall Down, Mathys Levy says “A building is conceived when designed, born when built, alive while standing, dead from old age or an unexpected accident.” The book many sections that when read, appear to be talking about software. Most software systems are not made to withstands what the book describes as Big Bangs. Resonance failures of when bridges break are similar to infinite loops in software. ( ). Many buildings are covered with facades or what the book calls “Structural Dermatology”. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 1. What we can learn about service design from Google+ - AQ » Blog.

The tools that weave themselves deepest into the way humans communicate, do so with our help.

What we can learn about service design from Google+ - AQ » Blog

The designer releases their invention into the world with a few bold statements, and then it’s up to us to tell them what the significance of the tool is, and how best to use it. Google+ is no exception: it’s a relatively compact first release of just a few core concepts. Like many, I look forward to watching millions of people build on these concepts with improvised hacks, shorthand and other homemade enhancements, to complete a product story started by what may have been just a few dozen in Mountain View.

When taking a look at some of the decisions Google made, I found five ideas worth keeping in mind when designing any new service. 1. “Google+” Pluses everywhere. “+” is a completely unimaginative and entirely appropriate name for what Google+ is aspiring to be. Some have complained that the symbol is too small; tacked on to the Google logo you barely notice it. “Circles” 2. 3. Facebook as Major News Source: You Stand to Benefit - JD Scoop. Social media about cocktail conversation not content?

Facebook as Major News Source: You Stand to Benefit - JD Scoop

Really? Do you know that Facebook recently became the fourth largest source of traffic for News and Media sites, after Google, Yahoo! , and msn? (Source: Facebook Largest News Reader? Hitwise Intelligence.) Interesting numbers in that report, well worth a read – and I agree entirely with analyst Heather Hopkins: “Facebook could be a major disruptor to the News and Media category.” Much of what is being written about Facebook as a trusted news source in people’s lives resonates with what we’ve thought (and said) for quite some time about the platform’s 400-million-strong-and growing, engaged readers. Here’s what Steve Rubel, noted writer and digital media analyst (with the enviable job title of Director of Insights) had to say in his recent post, Facebook Could Eat the Web (italics are mine): This is not limited to Facebook, although the numbers do show the platform leading the way. Great. Now Available: Building blocks to help ISVs develop Multi-Tenant SaaS solutions on Windows Azure - Windows Azure.

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is outpacing traditional packaged software in terms of market growth according to some recent market research.

Now Available: Building blocks to help ISVs develop Multi-Tenant SaaS solutions on Windows Azure - Windows Azure

As new ISVs develop SaaS solutions or traditional ISVs transform their business to the SaaS model, they face some challenges in terms of building core SaaS framework that includes scaling, managing and metering their service. In building SaaS solutions, multi-tenancy helps ISVs optimize resource utilization and lower the cost of goods sold (COGS). For an ISV to build a successful multi-tenant SaaS solution, it needs to address the operations needs of the service in the form of monitoring, metering and scaling. The Windows Azure ISV team at Microsoft has developed a set of building blocks to help ISVs with these operations. Check out the project published @ Codeplex. Please submit your feedback and questions regarding this sample here. Cloud Computing and SaaS - MindTree Blogs. Design Thinking.