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Amazon Turk Followup

In response to my blog post about being a creator and not a consumer, let me write about my results of using Amazon Turk for the first time.

The original batch was for an HIT of 100 assignments at $0.15/each. After 24 hours, there were no takers. So I reduced the HIT assignments to 20 @ $0.30/each. Within 2 days they were all completed. I approved them all without reviewing them, downloaded the CSV, and uploaded it to Google Docs as a spreadsheet.

Getting the entire 1st page of Google once again

On yet another SEO lark, I got one of my published papers, a Nikon D50 User Interface assessment, to yield an entire 1st page of Google results to point to me using a fairly general search. It started a couple years back with a discussion with a Silicon Valley startup CEO. Long story. Lots of fun with Google once again.

Here's the search and here are the keywords

Nikon+D50+Usability

High End Office Chair Review

Here's a quick rundown of some high end office chairs I'm looking into purchasing. This comes from an email I sent out to numerous telecommuters asking for help with their home office ergonomics.

Message

Here are some of the chairs that I'm considering purchasing in the near future. They're not cheap, but if you use your office chair enough, it's worth every penny. Keep in mind that a chair affects your back, neck, and overall health so it's a good investment. Plus the cost is amortized over 5-10 years anyways which helps justify the high up front cost.
  
For example: Assuming a price of $900 over a period of 8 years, that's $9/month. That's about 1 trip to Panera a month.
 
 
This is on the higher end, but the materials are highly durable. Their website however is garbage. These are also the same guys who design Ferrari interiors (Pininfarina). Roughly $1,600.

 
 
 
 
If you prefer a more traditional style, similar to the ones here at BCBS, the Steelcase Leap is a great chair. It's heavy, but solid. Reminds me a little of the office chairs from Mad Men. They're around $800.

http://www.steelcase.com/en/Pages/Homepage.aspx

 
 
 
 
Obus Forme makes padded components to add to existing chairs. At the very least, if you keep your old chair, you should add some of these components to it. They're a lot cheaper than everything else on this list.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dhpc&field-keywords=obus+forme&x=0&y=0

 
 
 
My #1 choice: the Aeron Chair, by renowned industrial designer Herman Miller. This chair has won numerous international awards and prestige despite the backlash it received when it first came out; the hallmark of a truly game changing design. Owning one of these is like owning a Mercedes. It's a status symbol. Herman Miller produces some of the most incredible industrial office designs on the planet. His catalogue is worth reading just for the appreciation of the photos. I keep the 2009 catalogue on my bookshelf next to my art books.

 
Here's an online store in Boston for the Aeron product line. Their prices aren't the best. I've found better. The lowest end Aeron they have is around $850, retail. If you look hard enough, you can find a warehouse willing to sell individual units. It's how I get my imported European furniture at such steep discounts; I go directly through importers.

 

Combining Drupal 6 Webforms and Views

Combining the Webforms Drupal modules with Views to display output doesn't look like a good way to display submitted results.

In a rushed attempt to put together a business directory, one approach I took was to combine the above 2 modules. There were a number of viable possibilities for allowing users to create a business listing on the website, but one requirement I settled on was that they didn't have to register. Another was that I didn't want them to simply use the Contact form so I'd have to re-enter the information elsewhere on the website. With this narrowed spec, I thought I could allow anonymous users to submit address, then use Views to display it. Unfortunately that doesn't work.

Now I'm not saying it's impossible. You could hack together a solution. Or you can customize an existing module or make your own to display Webforms data. This was just a rushed try.

 

The webform anonymous users could use to enter address info


The Views setup to display the Webform submitted data

How To Install Flash 10 in Portable Apps Firefox

The Portable Apps version of Firefox does not provide native Flash support. In prior versions of flash, there was a workaround. This has long ago stopped working. Here's a fix that worked for me. Copy a Flash 10 plugin DLL from an existing install into the Firefox Portable Apps version.In this case it's installed on my machine at the following location. The linked file is my own, provided for convenience.

C:\Common Files\Adobe AIR\Versions\1.0\Resources\npswf32.dll

Copy it into your Portable Apps Firefox directory here:

Facebook as an E-commerce Platform

Facebook is slowly becoming an
ecommerce platform for physical goods. Right now you can star the sales
process on FB, but the actual payment transaction has to happen
elsewhere. Their current strategy will be to allow for the full
ordering process to stay on site.

What does that mean? It means that organizations (who are
effectively using FB) will be able to leverage their existing fan pages
to generate sales. By keeping the transaction on site, it increases
conversion because it reduces friction.

Univision.com Javascript Fail

As if the internet needs more examples of utterly incompetent big company sites that horribly fail at handling a lack of javascript:

Why Local News is Irrelevant

During a big snowstorm in Boston on 2/16/2010, I checked WBZTV's website. Given that I had to drive into the city (a bad idea, but I had to), I checked their local traffic cams.

This is what I got when I clicked on their "Downtown" camera:


Click to enlarge.

It was footage dated 2/11/2010. Very helpful WBZ. This is why you're irrelevant in the new Internet era. You and all the other local news websites.

Personal Goals For 2010

Most people have new year's "resolutions", but in my opinion these tend to be shallow and short lived. Being the goal oriented individual that I am, here are my goals for 2010. These are not "resolutions" and no, I'm not resolving to lose 10 pounds, eat less chocolate, or watch less tv. Either way, I don't even have cable.

Why the SmartBrief Service is Outdated (A Review)

1999 just called, and SmartBrief answered the phone. Here's an outdated service which aggregates site content, then emails it to subscribers.

The premise behind SmartBrief is simple: there’s too much information
out there and too little time in the day to read it all. Our editors
hand-pick the most relevant and important news from all over, summarize
it, link to the original sources and deliver it -- for FREE -- in
one-stop-shop e-newsletters.
http://corp.smartbrief.com/about/

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