Archive for April, 2010

Good design

What lumberjack shirts are good for…

via Roger Ebert:

Ed Roberts, “father of the personal computer”, dies at 68.

I must have read almost every book on the history of the personal computer. One of my early favorites was Accidental Empires, which was later made in to a documentary, Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires. One of things I thought was an interesting factoid was that Microsoft was actually founded in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Not Seattle. Why New Mexico? The answer is Ed Roberts.

Ed Roberts

In no small way Dr. Roberts is a big reason why I got in to computers. I found it particular touching that as his illness grew darker Bill Gates had reached out to him with letters and phone calls and last week flew down to be at his bedside.

He was a big deal.

The fact he died on the birth of a new innovation in personal computing, the iPad, seems fitting as well.

H. Edward Roberts, PC Pioneer, Dies at 68 -New York Times

Remembering Ed Roberts -The Gates Notes

Ed Roberts (computer engineer) -Wikipedia

Cutting edge tools for Real Estate Search

2 snippets on the future (one as close as this Saturday) of real estate search.

Zillow just amazes me. While the industry keeps bickering these guys just keep innovating. I need to find another South African (Dave Gibbons from Zillow voice can be heard on the video below) to narrate my Cloud CMA and Dwellicious videos, his voice is great.

For the complete story check out, Zillow Blog: Introducing Zillow on iPad: Home Shopping Re-invented

And also check out these two grad students at MIT. Real estate meets Minority Report!

Refining…

I love this quote from Jonathan Ive of Apple on the iPad design.

“I put to designer Ive the matter of all the features that are missing from the iPad. “In many ways, it’s the things that are not there that we are most proud of,” he tells me. “For us, it is all about refining and refining until it seems like there’s nothing between the user and the content they are interacting with.”
From Stephen Fry‘s Time Magazine article

Read more: Time Magazine