Web Idea: Memory Box

One of the obvious problems of getting old is you forget things, things that you treasure most. So all along I want a tool on the web that can help me to “store” things. And I like to call this tool “Memory Box”. The box, reside on Internet, can store photos, videos, music, voice-recordings, links, stories, jokes etc.

Then I share the box with friends, or let my friends to “put in” something to this box. For example, I can create a box call “University Days”, then my mates can put in their “memories” in that box … a box that stores all our memories of the good old university days.

I don’t like Flickr, as it looks like an album, same to Youtube. And del.icio.us is a bit too limiting. Hmmm … can someone help me to build one ?

Web Idea: P.I.S.S.

Do you, ever in your life, need to check the schedule of the next movie, train, ferry, or bus ? How many times do you need to check it, in a day ? Is that easy to “check” ?

I do it a lot and found it a very inconvenient task. You know, first you need to take out your PDA, notepad or wallet, find the schedule table (be it a spreadsheet file in your PDA, or a piece of paper). Then check your watch, tell the time and check against the schedule table. You’d probably need to check multiple times as well since you’d misread the schedule easily. Why can’t we have a simpler system ?

Let me introduce My Timetable Checker (version 1.0) :

  1. Dial a phone number, or surf to a web page, from your mobile phone / PDA
  2. Select the item (ferry / bus to certain destination, a movie’s name etc.) you want to check the next schedule
  3. The system will check the time of your mobile phone, perform a search , compare your phone’s time against the schedule table and then tell you (by replaying a voice record or just showing you the information) the next closest schedule.

Isn’t it simple ?

And My Timetable Checker (version 2.0) :

  1. As long as you preset where is your ferry pier or where is your preferred cinema etc.
  2. The system will check your location, based on the GPS system in your PDA, or cell stations around your mobile phone.
  3. The system will then warn you that you are not going to make it because you’re too far away from the ferry pier, bus terminal, cinema etc. and suggest other schedule.

Isn’t it even better ?

Who’s gonna do it ? Let me call this great system – Personal Information Search System (P.I.S.S.).

The Usability Kit

If you’re a web designer or web developer in this new new world, you are probably facing this situation everyday … you read lots of book about usability but you don’t know how to apply it. And you don’t know how to go thru the delivery cycle with your clients, systematically.

You reckon you need a blueprint or design pattern with some concrete, step-by-step instructions; and some tools (like the superb magnetic web widgets) to help you to illustrate / walk-thru your brilliant ideas to your clients.

One soluion … get The Usability Kit. And my special offer to you all here is – if you find something wrong with the kit, I will send your comments directly to one of the authors, Daniel. 😎

The “Manual”, not a “Book” …

The Magnetic Web Widgets …

What the $%&@# ?

I really don’t understand … why it is such a pain in upgrading web hosting plan ? I upgraded two plans and turned out all the programs no longer working. I had to re-configure all the programs … and then I found that all images were corrupted !! I had to re-upload all the images again …

Luckily, the MySQL databases were still intact. What a pain and what a service ?!

Keep Blogging

People (experts ?) say nowadays the blogs are useless – far too little useful information … far too many rubbishes I suppose. But then I think, if I don’t jot down my views, stories, events in the blog, I will forget those one day. You know I am a bit old now … brain is no longer working well.

So … keep blogging … the way I want it.