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September 9, 2013

Ricciardo Gets the Nod

Filed under: Formula One — admin @ 8:04 am

At the end of June, Mark Webber announced he was leaving F1, setting off weeks of speculation around who would replace him. When the dust settled, it seemed that Red Bull’s choice had boiled down to a choice between Kimi Raikkonen — a former world champion and one of the fastest drivers on the grid — or Daniel Ricciardo, a driver from Red Bull’s Young Driver programme.

A few days ago, Red Bull announced that Daniel Ricciardo would replace him.

Whilst I would have loved to see Kimi in the second Red Bull, politics & PR dictated that it was always going to be Ricciardo. What’s the point of having a young driver programme if, at the first opportunity to allow one of the participants to progress, you hand the seat to someone else entirely? I have nothing against Ricciardo, he always comes across as one of the most genuine blokes in the paddock. But Kimi and Vettel in the same team would have been brilliant.

Now that the Red Bull seat is taken, the rumours are that Kimi is going back to Ferrari. An Alonso/Raikkonen partnership in 2014 promises fireworks. Remember, Alonso doesn’t like it when his team-mate is faster than him

September 6, 2013

The New Yahoo! Logo

Filed under: Design,Opinion — admin @ 1:27 pm

There’s so much greatness in this post by Oliver Reichenstein on Yahoo!’s new logo:

Redesigning a logo for a $10 Billion Dollar company that is in deep trouble is not a matter of talented designers and personal preferences for design. It is not about fiddling. Doing it in a weekend is simply unprofessional.

My favourite bit by far is this gem, relating to the ‘mathematical consistency’ piece of Marissa Mayer’s blog post announcing the new logo:

Perfect geometry does not result in perfect design. On the contrary, “real visual rhythm is hurt by precision. This fact is where we get the saying in design: if it looks right, it is right.”

Personally speaking, I mourn the loss of the old Yahoo! logo. The new one is devoid of any character and, having seen the efforts put out during Yahoo’s 30 days of change, feels like it boiled down to a choice of typeface.

All Mayer’s bullshit does is sprinkle glitter on a turd. Terrible, transparent, waffly, tack-it-on-once-we’ve-artworked-it-up glitter.

September 4, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Gear

Filed under: Geekery,Mobile,Technology — admin @ 8:50 pm

Samsung just announced their new wearable piece of technology. From The Verge:

Yes, it’s a smartphone accessory that can pick up notifications, control music playback, and keep time with a rich variety of watch faces, but Samsung takes it a few steps further by integrating a 1.9-megapixel camera, a speaker, and two microphones — allowing you to shoot short 720p movies and even conduct phone calls with the Galaxy Gear.

So do you point your hand at whatever you want to film, like Buzz Lightyear? And are we all going to be having conversations looking like Michael Knight calling Kitt?

This, though, jumped out most of all — battery life:

Samsung promises “about a day” of endurance from the Gear, but by the end of our briefing with the company, the cameras on most of its demo units were refusing to turn on due to the watches running low on power.

“About a day”. If this is something Samsung expect people to wear everyday — you know, as they would, say, a watch — then battery life has got to be better than “about a day”.

Who wants to have to charge up their watch every single day?

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