O'Reilly Make

O’Reilly is developing a new magazine for 2005: Make:

Make brings the do-it-yourself mindset to all the technology in your life. Make is loaded with exciting projects that help you make the most of your technology at home and away from home. This is a magazine that celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your own will.

Looks like a fun mag. I’ll definitely check it out when it comes out.

Skinner Box Web Design

Jeffrey Veen on Damage in Web Design:

Bad design is based on the arrogant and extremely difficult attempts to modify user behavior. Good design derives innovation from existing user behavior. Guess which one succeeds more often?

Veen points out in the article that trying to modify user behavior will result in the user leaving your site for an alternative or routing around the perceived damage. There is no lid on the bad web design skinner box.

Gmail

Tim O’Reilly has deconstructed all the hoohaw over the new Gmail service from Google: The Fuss About Gmail and Privacy: Nine Reasons Why It’s Bogus.

I’ve been trying out the beta for a few days and I’m pretty impressed with the features it has and with the quality of the links (sponsored and otherwise) that they discretely display when you view a message. Check out what O’Reilly has to say if you are still concerned about it.

Mono Experiment

Jeffrey McManus, who works for eBay, wrote a command-line utility that fetches the current eBay categories and tells you what has changed since the last time you downloaded it. The reason I’m posting about it here is that Jeffrey is asking folks to test out the C# script on a Mono/Linux platform.

I spoke a little bit about Mono at the M&T conference last month, so for those of you who were at the session, this is an example of how the .NET framework is being ported to other platforms. It may eventually be feasible to run most .NET apps on Linux as easily as on Windows.