If you want to see what techies are capable of doing when they’ve got their hands on a lot of data and a relational database, and no idea whatsover of user-interface design, have a poke around the new and improved VersionTracker.com.
Consistent alignment? Nope. Consistent color use? Nope. Consistent anything? Nope. Sensible use of contrast? Nope. Related things visually grouped. Not hardly.
I think every techie (myself included!) should frequently have a read of
[[[The Non-Designer’s Design Book, by Robin Williams]]].
Gulp. My Purchased Music list in iTunes has grown to 109 songs. My wife’s gonna kill me! I’m not sure Apple making it so easy to purchase music was a good thing. 😉
Anyway, stuff I’ve purchased includes U2, Bruce Springsteen, Choir of Mount Angel Abbey (Gregorian Chants), Atlanta Rhythm Section, Suzanne Vega, Best of Ben. E. King, Bon Jovi (She Don’t Know Me — haven’t heard that one in a long time!), Monsoon (on the recommendation of bbum’s blog), Vern Gosdin, Cutting Crew, Heart, Mike + The Mechanics and Little River Band (Boy, it’d been a long time since I’d heard the Little River Band!)
As you can see, I’m redesigning the site (none of the Section links work yet.) Hopefully this won’t be a complete exercise in the name of vanity, since we’ll also be installing Movable Type for the Marbella Cycling website, and I’ll use the same mixture of MT templates and PHP that this site is now using.
Just a quick note to mention that when iTunes 4 asks if you want to “Replace Existing” songs when re-encoding, what it really means is “Move Existing to Trash”. As I’m re-encoding my entire CD collection to AAC, I just happened to notice in the info bar of a Finder window that my disk had only a few hundred megabytes of free space left. The trash was full (several gigabytes) of my old MP3 that had been moved there by iTunes 4!
I’m currently reading through Mac OS X Hacks, by Rael Dornfest. It’s a good read, with some interesting OS X tricks and tips (like controlling iTunes via Perl). Finally some books are starting to appear for the Mac non-beginner. (Thank you O’Reilly & Associates!) I’ve also added his weblog to my NetNewsWire “7+/-2” list.