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Monthly Archives: May 2003

Opera
After a recommendation from a colleague last week, I’ve been using Opera instead of internet explorer recently. I’ve got to say that I’m very impressed with it. Admittedly it took a bit of getting used to, as with most software, but am quite pleased with the result.

The feature that I’ve found most useful is the context menu option “open in background page”. This lets you right click on a link and does a similar thing to the “open in new window” link in IE. The difference is that the page opens as a tab and is not brought to the foremost page. This completely changes the way that I browse websites now, because I no longer suffer from getting lost in tangential links whilst in the middle of an article. The tabs are constantly visible at the bottom of the browser so you never forget about them, and you can visit them whenever is convenient (e.g. when you’ve finished reading that article). Really simple, but REALLY useful. I love it simple ideas work really well.

What they like, not who they are
Taste tribes is an interesting article on a one-liner from the film High Fidelity. The idea is that we like people because they like similar things, rather than who they are. It’s taking the saying “we have so much in common” to the extreme, but it’s certainly a good initial identifier of who a person is.

New Version of Windows to include Social Network Visualisation Feature?

It looks like the new version of Microsoft Windows is to include a social network visualisation feature based on the contacts list. The image is a mock up created by Paul Thurrott but appears to be based on good evidence from an alpha release of the new operating system. There appears to be nice visualisation technique whereby individuals fade with distance from the social network ego (presumably always the user), which is an idea I’m sure I’ve seen before from somewhere like the Social Media Group at MIT. However, there is no mention of any underlying functionality included in the visualisation – are the links simply treated the same as icons in a contact list, or does the visualisation play a more important part, e.g. shared social networks, etc.? Maybe it would be a nice feature to integrate this with Microsoft’s 3 degrees?

Check out Paul Thurrott’s Supersite for Windows for more information.