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Scott Jenson
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Wow, the documentation for this product is atrocious. Has anybody got this working on a Mac? I was able to get the driver download from the wiki and using "show package contents" I was able to install it into the Arduino IDE but I still can't upload any sample sketches, it refuses to upload.

I thought this board was supposed to be Arduino compatible? That should include USB compatibility! I do hope it is possible but if I should have to so something special (which I shouldn't) at least the wiki could offer step by step instructions (in english) on how to do it.
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did you try unplugging it and plugging it back in?  or did you just storm out of the room to bitch?
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My latest blog post: Fractal Coevolution is a reaction to the overly simplistic visions around the Internet of Things
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Starting my new job at Google slowed down my writing a bit. I finally got a little time this weekend to write up my thoughts on IoT/Home Automation. This is a much harder problem than we give it credit for. If we're not careful, our simplistic if/then rules will create a backlash that will set the entire space back.
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I'd like to buy some BitCoins (more for the experience, nothing too complex) What astounds me is how complex the process is. I've found a "Wallet app" (which leaves a lot to be desired) and now, the process of buying into the Bitcoin Economy is so fraught with caveats and warnings and I'm a bit put off.

Is there a fairly safe way to buy bitcoins?
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You could dig some dogecoin
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Examples of early design mistakes?
I'm doing some research, looking for products that were too conservative, bringing too much of the past with them. Products like Windows CE and the Palm Menu Bar come to mind. These aren't BAD products but today, in hindsight, they are clearly a bit goofy, following the common path of the day and not "thinking different" enough. Just curious if anyone else has any examples of products that 10, 20, 30 years later we can say "Nice try but clearly an early somewhat misguided attempt"
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Not a product, but the ACM SIGSOC '82 conference (just before it became SIGCHI) had research papers on command line UIs.
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The home automation paradox
Humans are messy, illogical beasts — we must create systems that expect us to be human, not punish us for when we are.
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"My point here is to emphatically support the idea of home automation. However, the UX designer in me is far too painfully aware that humans are messy, illogical beasts, and simplistic if/then rules are going to create a backlash against this technology. It isn’t until we take the coordinated control of these IoT devices seriously that we’ll start building more nuanced and error-tolerant systems. They will certainly be simplistic at first and still fail, but at least we’ll be on the right path. We must create systems that expect us to be human, not punish us for when we are."

http://radar.oreilly.com/2014/02/the-home-automation-paradox.html
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Right on. Do sense enough to minimize the annoying actions and get an intentional signal from people when needed. But you still want simple enough if/then rules that the system feels predictable.

And there may be more value in features besides saving people from touching a switch such as reporting diagnostic info and maintenance needs.
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A proposal for how media controls (media keys, remote controls, second screens) can work in web browsers. What do you think?
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Finally receiving Google Voice calls on my Mac
There are lots of Mac utilities that let you send/receive SMS for google voice, some also let you retrieve your voicemails but NONE of them let you receive calls. Well.... Some do, but you have to go through a SIP server and that's way too much trouble.

I finally got something working that is remarkably simple:
1) Download Fluid, a browser style app that lets you create an app that ONLY goes to one website.
2) Pay the $4.99 for full features, you'll need it for the "Pin to status bar" feature
3) Create 'an app' for G+ using the URL https://plus.google.com, call it "Google+"
4) Choose to launch this new Google+ app (log in w/ your google voice account)
5) Resize it down to a smaller size
6) Choose the "Pin to Status bar" option in the app menu bar (it's under the Google+ menu next to the Apple menu)

You now have a g+ instance running full time in your menu bar. When a call comes in, there is unfortunately, NO visual indication what to do (that is the hacky part) You have to click on the G+ menu icon in the status bar, click on the hangout button in the upper right corner of the screen, and finally answer the phone.

This clearly good be better but it works. It's most useful when you travel overseas and can't use your phone. If you have decent wifi, you can now answer calls from home.
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Great.  I'm hoping your colleagues at Google develop a Chrome desktop app for Hangouts (and Gmail and Drive and...)
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Product Designer
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  • Google
    Product Strategy, 2013 - present
  • Jenson Design
    2012 - 2013
    Consulted for a couple of early stage startups
  • frog design inc.
    Creative Director, 2011 - 2012
  • Google
    Manager Mobile UX, 2005 - 2011
  • Jenson Design
    Principal, 2002 - 2005
  • Cognima
    Design Director, 2001 - 2002
  • Symbian Ltd.
    Director Product Design, 1998 - 2001
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    Principal, 1996 - 1998
  • Apple Inc.
    UX Designer, 1988 - 1996
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Scott Jenson has been doing user interface design and strategic planning for 20 years. He worked at Apple on System 7, Newton, and the Apple Human Interface guidelines. He was the director of Symbian's DesignLab, VP of product design for Cognima, a manager of mobile UX for Google for 5 years, and a creative director at frog design in San Francisco.

As a battle scarred veteran of the software industry, Scott has shipped a consumer spreadsheet, been a part of 2 Mac OS releases, 5 Newton product cycles, 4 commercial web site revisions, designed 3 different mobile phone UIs, sworn at innumerable mobile browsers, and has over 20 patents.
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    Masters Computer Science, 1984 - 1986
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