Battery indicators are meaningless

Each day we are guided by iconography. It’s become part of our lexicon – from road signs to desktop icons. In most cases, an iconographic approach is an efficient means of conveying complex information in a more visual and universal way, and in a way that’s removed from language barriers. Even across platforms, commonality between icons has naturally evolved to benefit the consumer. In the world of computing, an envelope often represents email, a speaker for volume control, a key or padlock for security, etc. However, there are some images and symbols that we’ve lived with for many years, that … Continue reading Battery indicators are meaningless

“Sorry Mr Mobile Broadband Customer, our network is congested. Would you mind if we switched on web compression?”

That’s what I would have liked to have heard from my service provider. Instead, and without warning, I fired up my mobile broadband dongle this week to find my browser was displaying images in low resolution. I’m not talking a slight downgrade in picture quality here, I’m talking the turning of Facebook thumbnails into blurry smudges. At first I figured this was a Firefox setting that had been corrupted, so I tried IE 8. Same experience. And then I realised that I was only experiencing this downgrade in quality when connected to O2 mobile broadband. Make a WiFi connection and … Continue reading “Sorry Mr Mobile Broadband Customer, our network is congested. Would you mind if we switched on web compression?”