What better to do on a 12-hour flight than to explore the in-flight entertainment (IFE) system looking at ways that it can be made better. Having completed CPSC 344 (Human-Computer Interaction) last term, I have an even more eager eye looking at interface usability. So here are some things I found about Air Canada’s IFE interface.
It’s pretty cool when you see your photo being used by other people on their sites.
@cliveleung pointed out that one of my photos of UBC was used on Hello Vancity’s blog today, talking about UBC ranking 25th in the top 100 universities worldwide.
Here’s the original photo:
I actually started on this earlier last year when I got back to school in September. I was finding myself re-setting my alarm clock every night to a different time (due to classes each morning starting at a different time). I got quite frustrated myself when I forgot to set the alarm or setting it to the wrong time.
I realized that all my classes were in my Google Calendar, so if I could write an alarm app that could read my Google Calendar and automatically wake me up before that (maybe 1.5-2 hours ahead, since it takes about 1 hour to commute to school).
I started in mid-September and then schoolwork hit me and I never got it to a working state.
Now that I have time (although I don’t really have a reason to set alarms these few months), I finished it off to a working state. It’s written in Java using Google Calendar libraries to hook it up to the web service.
I’ve uploaded the Java code to my Github account. The code is quite rough right now, probably has a few bugs. It’s a command line Java application, as it was meant to work on a headless system. Eventually I’ll probably add a better readme, better documentation on how to use it, and maybe even a GUI. This project hasn’t really been a priority for me right now since I don’t have to set any alarms these few months
Dust from the Blackberry trackball assembly
I took about half an hour today cleaning my old Blackberry trackball which was refusing to scroll upwards easily. This is the amount of dust that collected inside the trackball assembly of my old Blackberry 9000 over three years worth of daily usage. No wonder why the trackball was so reluctant to move!
This is probably one of the reasons why RIM decided to go with trackpads on newer Blackberry models: no small moving parts collecting dust.
Thanks to a YouTube video for helping me disassemble and reassemble the phone.