No SXSW for me this year

It’s been a pretty tough decision to make. But due to the current work load and moving from Burgthann to my new apartment in Zirndorf in early March, I figured it would be best not to overload my calendar and my synapses. I’ve been to SXSW Interactive in 2006, 2008 and 2009, and always had a blast, meeting great people talking about very interesting stuff.

I wish everyone who’s going a very inspiring time; may the headaches be bearable.

See you again in 2011.

Firefox 3.6 and the behavior of Command-/CRTL-clicked links

After downloading and installing Firefox 3.6, I went back to my learned browsing behavior and opened tab after tab. But when I opened a link, using the beloved Command-/CRTL-click, I was irritated and at first couldn’t find the newly opened tab. While previous versions of Firefox opened these links in a new tab after all existing tabs, Firefox 3.6 now opens thes links in a new tab right next to the active tab.

Since it’s always hard to unlearn learned behavior, I looked for a way to fix it and looked at the configuration (“about:config”). There I found the parameter “browser.tabs.insertRelatedAfterCurrent”, which is set to “true”. Changing that value to “false” switches Firefox back to behaving like it used to. I’m not sure which behavior I’ll use in the future but at least now I know that I have a choice. That’s what I love about Firefox.

SXSW Interactive 2009 – Day 5

Winding down from a very inspiring SXSW Interactive 2009, I only went to a few panels and book reading on day 5:

  • 11:00 AM Neuro Web Design: What Makes Them Click? (Susan Weinschenk)
  • 12:00 PM Universal Design for Web Applications: Web Applications That Reach Everyone (Wendy Chisholm – UW/Indie, Matt May – Adobe)
  • 03:30 PM The Mobile Web for Good: Hype or Reality? (Daniel Appelquist – Vodafone, Erica Kochi – UNICEF, Merrick Schaefer – UNICEF, Tatsuki Tomita – Opera Software, Katrin Verclas –

Can’t believe that I only bought two books this year (unfortunately the book “Neuro Web Design” was sold out):

So I guess now it’s time to read all the books I haven’t yet read and are piling up not only on my desk at home. But before I return home, Peter and I will take a four-day road trip through southern Texas.

SXSW Interactive 2009 – Day 4

After some awful weather in Austin, we eventually had some real Texan weather on day 4, so it was hard to be indoors for the following panels, but well worth it:

  • 11:30 AM Browser Wars III: The Platform Wins (Arun Ranganathan – Mozilla, Chris Wilson – Microsoft, Brendan Eich – Mozilla Foundation, Charles McCathieNevile – Opera Software, Darin Fisher – Google)
  • 02:00 PM Quitter: How to Leave Your Perfectly Good Job (Bryan Mason – Small Batch Inc, Ryan Freitas – Freitas OmniMedia, Christopher Sacca – lowercase capital, Laura Mayes – Kirtsy)
  • 03:30 PM No Web Professional Left Behind: Educating the Next Generation (Aarron Walter – The Web Standards Project, Stephanie Troeth –, Chris Mills – Opera Software, Leon Adkison – Taylor University)
  • 05:00 PM 2009 WaSP Annual Meeting (Derek Featherstone – Further Ahead, Aaron Gustafson – Easy! Designs LLC, Glenda Sims – University of Texas at Austin, Stephanie Sullivan – W3Conversions, Henny Swan – Opera)

The broser wars panel didn’t really hold any new info but it was interesting and entertaining nevertheless. As usual Apple wasn’t there. Shame on you!

The highlights of day 4 were the two afternoon panels with WaSP members and of course the official launch of WaSP InterAct (originally called WaSP Curriculum Framework), a framework for educators, teaching web standards. If you teach web standards or would like to get involved, WaSP InterAct is the place to go. Another great resource is the Opera Web Standards Curriculum that Chris Mills put together with the help of many great developers.

Peter and I ended the day with a few beers at the Great British Booze-up.

SXSW Interactive 2009 – Day 3

Here’s my schedule for day 3:

  • 10:00 AM Being a UX Team of One (Leah Buley – Adaptive Path)
  • 11:30 AM Journey to the Center of Design (Jared Spool – User Interface Engineering)
  • 02:00 PM CSS3: What’s Now, What’s New and What’s Not? (Molly Holzschlag – Opera Software, David Baron – Mozilla, Hakon Wium Lie – Opera Software, Sylvain Galineau – Microsoft)

Three great presentations/panels on day 3. Leah Buley showed very inspiring ideas about what you could do when you’re a team of one and that it’s always a good idea to involve other people, which you could also do when you work as a lone wolf, at some point of the process. As always, Jared Spool’s presentation was entertaining and interactive. He just knows how to get his audience involved and up on heir feet. He stated (among other things), that “it’s time to retire the dogam of user centered design” and that “we should focus on informed design and the three core ux attributes,” he found in his reserach: vision, feedback and culture. At the CSS 3 panel, the representatives of the different browsers (except for Apple, who were absent as usual) showed the level of CSS implementation. If what they said is true, while Opera and Mozilla have, as we know, already started implementing CSS 3 features, IE8 will be the first browser with complete CSS 2.1 support. Can’t wait to verify this. The links to the slides of this presentation will be posted on can be found on Molly’s website.

In the evening it was time for the web awards at the Hilton.