User interface evolution on spacecrafts

Interesting to see how the user interface and user experience is also changing on the spacecrafts. From the Apollo on the 1960’s, to Shuttle on the 1980’s and to Dragon on the 2020’s it seems that software is dematerialising the physical world. We see it also on everyday life like the cars that are created with less buttons and handles.

Perhaps by simplifying the user interface it’s a step forward on the path to change pilots to become just passengers.

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Entrepreneurs – Steve Jobs

I hate it when people call themselves “entrepreneurs” when what they’re really trying to do is launch a startup and then sell or go public, so they can cash in and move on. They’re unwilling to do the work it takes to build a real company, which is the hardest work in business. That’s how you really make a contribution and add to the legacy of those who went before. You build a company that will still stand for something a generation or two from now. That’s what Walt Disney did, and Hewlett and Packard, and the people who built Intel. They created a company to last, not just to make money. That’s what I want Apple to be.

Steve Jobs

Selma Pimentel Storytelling

Went to Figueira da Foz and saw a beautiful painting exhibition by a graphic designer called Selma Pimentel. You can check her Facebook page and her blog.

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The Fundamental Elements of Design

Erica Gorochow is a a freelance designer and animator living in New York. She created a great animated video of design fundamentals and how they are used to build an iconic brand.


The Slow Startup

Do not be afraid of being a slow startup. There is no need to be discouraged or distressed that you are missing out or worthless by not having Facebook like growth per week.

You need time to figure out what your startup is all about and who your real customers are (rather that the fair weather TechCrunch crowd). You need time to build a great product to address that latent audience. You need time to make sure you have the right user experience and right type of community supporting your product. If you are patient, stick to the vision, and continue to execute, the growth will come.

Mark Birch


Readable Code

Last week I talked about the importance of writing readable code. Also showed some basic tips and best practices to accomplish that. You can see the slides below.

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Photographers are violent people

Photographers are violent people. First they frame you, then they shoot you, then they hang you on the wall.


65% choose iPhone as next phone

A while ago I told some friends that iOS development should be a priority over Android development. They told me I was crazy and that the Android platform will became the most used one. In a survey of 400 consumers, 65% said they expected their next phone to be an iPhone. It seems I was right and that the iOS will be the most used mobile operating system.

Asked what phone they were going to buy next, 65% said an Apple (AAPL) iPhone, 19% said a Google (GOOG) Android, 6.5% said “not a smartphone,” 6% said “I don’t know,” and 2.5% said a Research in Motion (RIMM) Blackberry.

94.2% of iPhone users plan to buy an iPhone for their next phone, improving upon last year’s rate of 93%. If you throw in half of the 2.9% of iPhone owners who were still unsure, the re-buy rate rises to nearly 95.7%.

Android phones were measured at a re-buy rate of 60%, up from 47% last year. “While the improvement is a positive sign,” Munster writes, “Android is still losing 33% of current users to the iPhone. We also note that 38% of Blackberry users expect to switch to iPhone.”

Piper Jaffray

Source: Fortune