Category Archives: Rants

Notification Center in Dashboard

Just a thought. With many people voting for Apple to get rid of the dashboard, that would be throwing away a good item. It’s also useful to many people (the ones voting for it to stay). The dashboard is in no one’s way, so I dont see why it would be voted out of OS X.

So instead of duplicating the widget functionality from Dashboard to Notification Center, maybe ideally the notification button in the upper right of the screen can be a click to display the dashboard. The widgets introduced in the Notification Center would have been more useful in the dashboard (just to keep the nay-sayers unhappy lol).

The Mansion

An unfair look at the products presented at the Apple Special Event of September 2015.

iPad Pro. One step closer to converging desktop and mobile devices?

tvOS. Can musicians create an iOS app containing a music album?

How can the music industry be impacted?

How does copyright play part?

Does the musician receive 100% profit in this scenario along with Apple?

Can indie movie producers push movies through tvOS apps? What is the response from Comcast, Sony and CBS?

In both music and video scenarios, Indie artists and amateur producers have the method to distribute their original content to a global audience without regard or consideration about country restrictions. Although, pioneers such as Comcast, Sony, CBS etc. hold valuable assets such as actors and actresses, indie artists can match primetime television quality.

More questions to consider:

Is an album app competing with Apple’s music service on the same device (contradiction).

What about the cost of keeping the movie/music app updated for newer versions of iOS?

How does microdata play any part in Technology while Siri AI can recognize and search for all kinds of content and information, again: can Google play in this?.

Suppose for a moment that opening apps on a television will replace a web browser (airBNB, clothes shopping apps).

Siri, meet Sherlock search engine.

Games, complementing game consoles Nintendo, xbox, Wii etc.?

How can tvOS assist social? Game Center? Sharing?

Orchestrated Story #1

Microsoft says to his son, The Surface Pro to stay at home while Dad goes to a work meeting.

A Mansion houses roommates Apple, Timer Warner, Sony, CBS Corporation, 21st Century Fox, Viacom, The Walt Disney Company, and Comcast.

Under the roommate’s watch is a delightful library and a fashion center for shopping. The courts for sport have Crossy Road, GuitarHero and more.

Commonly, viewers such as myself and you view through a “Window” at the theatrical plays composed by the roommates.

Apple creates a gatekeeper (tvOS) and hires a butler (Siri). The Mansion is open to the world to host audio/video performances, books, sports etc.

The roommates get nervous at the thought of being displaced. Comcast calls up his buddy NBC Universal.

The city takes note of the utility pipes (APIs) that pave way into The Mansion.


Hi Micah,

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on microdata in Episode 7 of Design Vs Dev.

I have a few theories as to why we need to use microdata. In a nutshell, Microdata encourages Google’s vision of searching for information. For example, if every food recipe website has microdata defined content, then Google can easily help a user search for requested information.

Also, Google currently supports a few microdata types (less than 10 at the time of this writing). In Google’s defense, it makes sense for everyone to adopt microdata in bite size pieces vs. a dumping of a complete new scheme.

Microdata is a stepping stone in making the web replace traditional operating systems (theory #1).
Extreme example: The 9/11 Commission Report states that we should prepare our game to counter any future attacks. Think about how useful the web can be as our main desktop (our files and information living in the cloud). If terrorists at all use technology to communicate (talking over the phone [voice recognition transcribes] or e-mail messaging), then the microdata in a web chatting app can make it easier for Skynet to search through microdata tagged communications between drug cartels or whatever other evil.

Microdata can encourage the production of useful and unique information (theory #2), ultimately google can be one front face of the entire internet without people having to visit individual websites (think how Google can be the next social platform).

We’re all very social animals.
We make technology work for us.
Collective intelligence (why have multiple recipe websites or multiple websites for quotes? repetitive vs. unique and innovative knowledge for everybody)
Knowledge is power.
Marcel Masse’s quote is a fact:

The more the world is specialized the more it will be run by generalists.

Yosemite Notifications — Annoying

Mostly a rant here. So Apple introduced “pop-up” notifications on the desktop O/S. The new notifications appear distracting to the user because they clutter the overall UI experience of the OS GUI. These notifications are not new to the OS, but they do certainly appear for new reasons like Software Updates.

Additionally, these notifications are annoying because they remind us of Microsoft’s introduction of the taskbar notifications (Notification Tooltips) in Windows XP.

OS X Yosemite introduces a GUI from iOS. A more subtle method of notifying users of updates could be with a numeric badge in the top right of the screen. Noticeable yes, less intrusive as well.

Screenshot showing notification method introduced in OSX Yosemite side-by-side with Microsoft’s Windows XP taskbar notification:

Screenshot showing a less clever, although practical way of visually cuing the end-user of notifications: