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Thoughts on voice interfaces

Talking to inanimate objects usually meant people need professional help. Sometimes we say nasty things to a leaking washing machine or a TV showing a football match, but we never talk to a fridge or a hairdryer. Things are slowly changing with phones and computers, but we’re still using it to talk to other people, not devices. What happens when there isn’t a person on the other side? And why aren’t we doing it more? Read more

Git alias

A couple of people asked me about aliases from my Git workshop, so here are those we used. Just put them in your .gitconfig and feel free to modify them for your own workflow.

[alias]
    co = checkout
    br = branch
    ci = commit
    st = status
    d = diff
    l = log --graph --oneline --decorate

The last alias can be improved with a timestamp and an author in the same line, but you have to use custom formating: l = log --graph --pretty=format:\"%C(yellow)%h%Cred%d%Creset %s %Cblue(%ar) %Cgreen%an\"

There are also some Git tips and tricks I shared late last year.

Out of sight, out of mind

Three monkeys - see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.

Last two weeks were a painful reminder I’m not doing my job properly as a designer. Oh, I solve problems and build aesthetically pleasing interfaces, but I often forget to take into account that some people need a bit more than that. Read more

The Switch

The face in front of me is familiar. It shows a hint of surprise and disbelief, with a swarm of questions behind it. Only one gets out: “Why?”

That’s the reaction I get when engineers find out I switched from software development to design. The question often comes up when I meet new people professionally and this was also the case after joining Google. I shared my reasoning so many times I finally decided to write it down. Read more

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