Omnidrive web interface screenshot

My secret project for the last few months has been working on this new interface for Omnidrive. We have taken ideas from Windows XP, Vista, and MacOsX. There’s still some work to do to refine the design, but I’m very happy with the ajax enhanced interactions. Check out the post from TechCrunch for more analysis. I’m happy to hear any suggestions on this layout.
omnidrive

Update: Thanks to all the old friends that contacted me when they saw this article on SMH. I guess it’ll be over in 36 hours afterall –
A study shows online news will be barely read by anyone 36 hours after it was first posted.

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Web 2.0 RIP

Is web 2.0 coming to an end? I was surprised when I went through my bookmarks from last year, quite a few of the links are broken now.

  1. SearchFox :: Login
  2. Scuttle – Online Bookmarks Manager
  3. Jots
  4. FeedTagger – News aggregation service
  5. // gimpu.com

This is just to name a few. I am going to tag more to my del.icio.us when I find more.
http://del.icio.us/mancjew/dead

Web design pattern

Does this two site looks awfully similar to you? I’m not even sure which site I’m looking at if I didn’t look at the logo, yet these are two major newspaper competitors. How far should you go if you follow the usability guidelines, even though I know, these are done by the same designer 🙂

news smh

Future of earth

I’ve always wanted to be abit of a futurist. Ever since the 911 terrorist attack, the world doesn’t look like it’s going to be a better place. North Korea is testing their missiles, while Israel is flying their missiles around the middle east. Religion has came back as a controversial topic, there’s books like the Da Vinci Code, movies like The Crusades, Syriana, Munich and Paradise Now. Oil prices and gold prices have stayed up and going up. Fuel alternatives have never taking off because oil prices have been very low, cheaper than milk, especially in the US. Will this trigger more innovations in alternative energy? The fuel price is so high because of some basic economic laws – supply cannnot meet demand, instead, we thought they were running out. This world is controlled by a few powerful people. Most of our lifes rely on the inventions of a few very smart people.

Iraqi Oil Production
“Shortly after its failed 1990 invasion of Kuwait and imposition of resulting trade embargos, Iraq’s oil production fell from 3.5 million barrels per day to around 300,000 barrels per day. By February 2002, Iraqi oil production had recovered to about 2.5 million barrels per day. Iraqi officials had hoped to increase the country’s oil production capacity to 3.5 million barrels per day by the end of 2000, but did not accomplish this given technical problems with Iraqi oil fields, pipelines, and other oil infrastructure.”

There seems to be alot more interests in North Korea’s missile testing than Israel’s use of missiles on palestinian civilians. Why is there more press about North Korea than Israel/Palestinian conflict? Who is in control of the information that we receive? “Mainstream media kidnapped by Israel

Stephen Hawkings asked “How can the human race survive the next hundred years” and he has been giving lectures predicting “Earth might end up like Venus, at 250 degrees centigrade and raining sulfuric acid”. There’s alot of fear of global warming, yet USA still hasn’t signed the Kyoto Protocol. There’s stories about global dimming, and how it will make global warming so much worse. There’s stories about how we’re only looking in a small piece of a long global climate change cycle.

There’s always two sides to a story, just like the Chinese theory of yin and yang. There’s obviously some hidden agendas to which side of story you go for. Unless we drop our capitialist greed, there’s no hope for a better world in the future. Great things were never a product of greed. The future of earth and human race depend on us to make the choice.

Update:
– “The Inconvient Truth” movie with Al Gore on Global Warming.

nice diagram on Middle East conflict.

some interesting facts and figures about the book industry.

58% of the US adult population never reads another book after high school.

42% of college graduates never read another book.

80% of US families did not buy or read a book last year.

70% of US adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years.

57% of new books are not read to completion.

found here: http://parapublishing.com/sites/para/resources/statistics.cfm