I used to be really worked up about this issue…when I was a computer science student. Sadly, not only is there a problem with attracting women to computer science, but there’s also the problem of keeping us in the field. I was so surprised with how many female computer science grads there are doing HCI here at Michigan. But personally, I don’t miss computer science and doing coding. Partly I think because of not being fully engaged in my early computer science classes which was hard to recover from, and partly because of being more left-brained and creative, I’m happy with where I’ve ended up. But I still feel partly responsible for the poor statistics cited in this article - that if only I’d stuck with it the equality would be a little higher.
“We live in times of limited resources but unlimited desire to consume them. The answer though is real simple: to consume less as a consumer; to make a better designed product as a manufacturer. Going forward we will have to take more responsibility for our consumption. The manufacturer and the consumer will both have to share that responsibility. We live in interesting times. From where we stand as a manufacturer, a product that keeps working for longer uses less-resources in the end. The key ingredients to this are quality and good design. To make something well, you know, the best you can do, means going that extra mile. Every stitch, every zip, every little feature considered. The weakest points made strong. Then, and only then, can we say that we have fully understood the responsibility of making something. This product is guaranteed for a minimum of 10 years from the date of original purchase. The chances are it will last a good deal longer than that. So now you have to decide whom you’d like to hand this product down to? Err??”—
I love this chart - great idea and I’m dying to know how he got his data. I find the divided states like Missouri, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania quite interesting. I’m proud to be from a place where it’s called POP! :)
“Call it the triple deficit,” said Mr. Rothkopf. “A fiscal deficit that will soon have us choosing between rationed health care, sufficient education, adequate infrastructure and traditional levels of defense spending, a trade deficit that has us borrowing from our rivals to the point of real vulnerability, and a geopolitical deficit that is a legacy of Iraq, which may result in hesitancy to take strong stands where we must.”—http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/21/opinion/21friedman.html?hp
The most heavily used data function on the iPhone is reading (but not writing) email.
More than 75 percent of iPhone users say it has led them to do more mobile browsing.
About 40 percentof iPhone users say the iPhone has trouble displaying some websites they want to visit.
About 50 percent of iPhones replaced conventional mobile phones, 40 percent replaced smartphones, and 10 percent replaced nothing. Among conventional phones, Motorola Razr was the phone most often replaced. Among smartphones, Windows Mobile and RIM BlackBerry models were most often replaced.
28 percent of iPhone users surveyed said strongly that they often carry their iPhone instead of a notebook computer.
About half of iPhone users are under age 30 and about 15 percent are students
The iPhone has increased its users’ monthly mobile phone bills by an average of 24% percent, or $228 extra per year.
Almost half of iPhone users changed carriers when they got the iPhone.
The iPhone has probably increased AT&T’s gross service revenue by about $2 billion per year.
Thanks to a friend, I was pointed to this site with a great grid system for streamlining web dev. It has templates for Fireworks, OmniGraffle, Photoshop & Visio, and a CSS framework with demo HTML. I’ll have to keep this in mind for a future project.
I forgot to post this - we watched this video in interaction design class several weeks ago. Edward Tufte, a thought leader in infoviz, offers his critique on how the iPhone is not making the most of its high-resolution display. I don’t necessarily agree with everything he says - there are some benefits to simpler, at-a-glance displays - yet, it’s food for thought.
I got an email request from the Obama campaign to write a personal message to send to the superdelegates. Here's what I wrote.
I’ve lived in Iowa my whole life, so I’ve been been lucky to take advantage of all the attention our state receives before the caucuses. Four years ago, I was 18 and participated in my first caucus. It was fun to observe our democracy in action, but none of the candidates really excited me, or motivated me to do anything besides voting in November.
This year, however, was different.
After I had been wavering between Hillary and Barack for awhile, I went to an event where they both spoke, and was blown away by the power and conviction of Barack’s message. This was not easy for me - I admit that I’m usually a very cynical and skeptical person, not easily swayed by anything less than cold, hard logic. But the more I listened to and learned about Barack, the more I realized that not only did he have the ability to give people hope, but that he had plans and policies to back it up.
I found myself making the leap to something I’d never done before - actually wanting to volunteer for a campaign. I started canvassing for Barack, making phone calls from the local campaign office, and talking with people every chance I got about why they should care. I don’t normally consider myself a very influential person, but through my efforts, I got at least a dozen non-politically active friends to vote in the caucus for Barack.
The more I volunteered, the more I saw that I was making a difference. I canvassed and made calls in my hometown before the caucuses, and my precinct earned Barack an extra delegate. I joined the National Call Team, and made calls to voters in Connecticut, Nebraska, and Maine; among these were some amazing fifteen minute or longer conversations where I helped debunk the Muslim email attacks, or discussed the intricacies of Barack and Hillary’s platforms. Other people’s excitement and interest in the primaries was evident, and motivated me to keep volunteering. I also donated small sums of money whenever I could, and saw how millions like me were doing the same.
I know now that I can never go back to not caring and not being politically involved; and Barack is the inspiration for this. I’m not naive or idealistic, I know his campaign and his presidency will be imperfect, but I trust in Barack’s honesty, integrity, and character to be a strong leader, one who will do what is right, not what is politically convenient. One who will listen to the American people, not lobbyists, and carefully and intelligently make decisions. One who will not alienate part of the country, but will make an effort to unite us and transcend our divides. Because of Barack, I feel part of a movement, a positive movement in politics; one that I know is only just beginning.
I heard this song I LOVED at Espresso Royale today, but it was too loud to make out enough of the words to Google the lyrics. Don’t you just hate that? So, after trying everything I could think of, I turned to Last.fm, a website I’ve heard of but never used, and within 5 minutes of clicking on related artists under the female vocalist category, I find the song! Thank you, Internet. (Oh, and the song was by Regina Spektor.)
“According to a study, satisfied customers tell an average of three people about a product or service they like, and eleven people about a product or service which they do not like.”—http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viral_marketing