The Week That Was Kscope15

Noel (@noelportugal), Raymond (@yuhuaxie), Mark (@mvilrokx) and I traveled to sunny Hollywood, Florida last week to attend Kscope15 (#kscope15), the annual conference of the Oracle Development Tools User Group (@odtug).

Check out some highlights of our week.

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If you read here, you probably know that this year, Noel had cooked up something new and different for the conference, a scavenger hunt.

This year was my (more...)

QS15: Measurement with Meaning

Walking into something as a newcomer is always an adventure of reality interacting with expectations. Though I wasn’t quite sure what to expect at the Quantified Self conference, it wasn’t what I expected. But in a good way.

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Tweet-painting robot at QS15

The conference was structured around three main activities: talks given on the main stage, breakout sessions, which took place at different smaller areas during the talks, and break times, where one might check (more...)

More About Me at QS15

I always thought of myself as a control freak, Type A, self-aware (flaws and all) person but then I attended the Quantified Self Conference last week in San Francisco.

Image from QS15

Image from QS15

There is so much more one can do to learn about one’s self. The possibilities are endless on what I can quantify (measure about myself) and there are so many people capturing many surprising things.

Quantified Self, if you haven’t heard, is “a (more...)

Let Me Say That Another Way …


"I never knew words could be so confusing," Milo said to Tock as he bent down to scratch the dog's ear.
"Only when you use a lot to say a little," answered Tock.  Milo thought this was quite the wisest thing he'd heard all day.
-- Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

Occasionally it may be necessary to ‘flip’ a table on its side, so to speak, meaning to convert rows to columns in order to (more...)

Mid-June Roundup

A busy June is half over now, but we still have miles to go before July.

We’ve been busy, which you know if you read here. Raymond went to Boston. Tony, Thao (@thaobnguyen), Ben and I were in Las Vegas at OHUG 15. John and Thao were in Minneapolis the week before that. Oh, and Anthony was at Google I/O.

The globetrotting continues this week, as John and Anthony (@anthonyslai) are in (more...)

A Framework for Wearables, Glance

Not long ago, Ultan (@ultan) wrote about our framework for wearable, and other, devices. We’re calling it Glance to reflect the OAUX glance-scan-commit design philosophy.

Noel (@noelportugal) produced a video highlighting Glance on several smartwatches as well as in the car, on Android Auto.

It’s pretty sweet. Check it out:

Glance has been in the works for more than a year now, and it arose out of our collective frustration with the effort (more...)

Using a terminal emulator on Mac

Dumb title for a blog post? No, not really I guess…

ZOC Terminal emulatorI have been using a terminal emulator, basically ever since I got away from the VT100 terminal:

  • ICE.TCP Pro
  • KEAVT
  • Reflection ‘X’

And a few other obscure applications that I cannot even recall anymore.
Currently, and over the last 6 to 8 years, I have been using ZOC.

The background of this story is: In the beginning these were the first DOS PC’s (more...)

Some Wearable Tech Glances Beat Others

This idea of the glanceable user experience of wearable technology is now everywhere.

They’re all at it.

Testing out the Apple Watch in Oracle HQ’s Fitness Center spin class. On the road is another matter.

Testing out the Apple Watch in Oracle HQ’s Fitness Center spin class. On the road is another matter.

There is the OG Misfit Wearables Shine, Apple’s Glances, and of our course the Oracle Applications Cloud User Experience (@usableapps) concept of glance on the smartwatch, part of our Glance, Scan, Commit design philosophy.

But, (more...)

Sweet Dreams at the EyeO Festival

 

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I often tell people that you need both a left brain and a right brain to be a software designer: a left brain to analyze and understand, a right brain to dream and wonder. The EyeO Festival which Thao and I just attended in Minneapolis, was food for our right brains.

EyeO is about the intersection of art and code: generative artists (who use data and algorithms to produce works of art), art installations (more...)

Asteroid Explorer Launched

On Monday, we launched Asteroid Explorer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

Jeremy (@jrwashley), DJ, Kris Robison and I attended the launch event, which you can watch here. My part of the presentation begins at 36:36.

This event was the culmination of NASA’s Asteroid Hackathon event back in October. Remember that?

Here’s the event abstract:

Abstract: In October 2014, NASA’s Asteroid Hackathon event was hosted (with several other NASA partners) at the SETI (more...)

Google IO with User Experience

Google I/O 2015 has just ended.  There are lots of aspects regarding to Google IO.  Lets have a taste of it regarding to user experience.  Hope this is what you would expect from a user experience team.

There are lots of features announced in Google I/O, and you may find a lot of focus have been around user experience this year.

First, for the pre-show, there were planets and a whale flying across multiple screens surrounding (more...)

Kscope15 Scavenger Hunt

Are you attending Kscope15 (#kscope15)?

If yes, then you should join the Kscope15 Scavenger Hunt. We have partnered with the Oracle Development Tools User Group (aka @odtug) and created a fun way to get points and win prizes!

Visit http://kscope15.com/scavenger and register now!

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Stay tuned to hear more on how we built this and how we are leveraging mobile, IoT and wearable technologies for this fun activity.Possibly Related Posts:

Busy Times Are Afoot

Lots going on here in AppsLab land and in Oracle Applications User Experience (@usableapps). This here is a recap post.

Showing the Oracle Applications User Experience Roadmap to Oracle’s Asia Partners

At the beginning of May, Anthony (@anthonyslai) and Raymond joined a large contingent of the OAUX team in an two-stop tour of Asia. The first stop was Singapore.

Here’s the dynamic duo in action, setting up our demos to show (more...)

Nymi Band Impressions

Editor’s note: Here’s the first post from Osvaldo Villagrana (@vaini11a), one of our AppsLab Mexico team members. Enjoy.

During last week I’ve been playing with Nymi Discovery Kit I got back in our AT&T hackathon participation, and here are my impressions as a developer for Nymi SDK point of view and as a user.

For those who don’t know, this band is wearable biometric identity device that let’s you use your heart’s (more...)

Stop That!


"It seems to me that almost everything is a waste of time."
- Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth 

Jonathan Lewis has coined a term and its definition that, I believe, we’ll be using quite a bit:



Stoptimisation - the art of optimisation by not doing the things you don't need to do.

It’s a term we’ve needed for some time now, given the pendulum swing back to the days of yore (meaning pre-9i) with (more...)

IoT Hackathon Field Report: Mexico Edition

I recently ventured down to Mexico to participate in an Internet of Things (IoT) hackathon organized by Laurie Pattison’s (@lsptahoe) Apps UX Innovation Events team with some of my fellow AppsLab members, Luis Galeana, Tony Orciuoli, and Osvaldo Villagrana.

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Being the lone non-developer, I wasn’t sure how much I would be able to contribute—but I had done some research pertaining to our use case, so I felt I had at least that much to (more...)

Another Take on Twilio Signal 2015

Editor’s note: Mark (@mvilrokx) and Raymond are at it again. Earlier in the week, they each provided a take on last weekend’s Bay Are Maker Faire, and this week, they both attended Twilio’s (@twilio) first developer conference, Signal. Mark’s take is here; now, it’s Raymond’s turn. Enjoy.

Twilio is no stranger to us at AppsLab. We have embedded Twilio Voice, SMS in applications such as Taleo Interview Evaluations, IoT (more...)

Twilio Signal Conference 2015

Editor’s note: If you read here, you know we heart Twilio, especially Noel (@noelportugal). Remember the Rock ’em Sock ’em robot build?

This week, Twilio (@twilio) held its first Signal conference and Raymond and I were there to see what’s new in the world of web enabled communications and the likes.

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For those of you not familiar with Twilio, here’s their spiel from their About page:

Twilio powers the future of (more...)

That Depends

In every universe there are questions that either:

Have no answer
or
Have an answer that is situation-dependent

and that includes the Oracle universe. Sometimes it’s difficult to get that concept across to the less knowledgeable. Let’s go back to a simple example from a previous post to illustrate this.

In Resurrecting The Dead flashback operations were discussed as an option to restore table data to before an errant update. The post started with this:

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Another Take on Maker Faire 2015

Editor’s note: Here’s another Maker Faire 2015 post, this one from Raymond. Check out Mark’s (@mvilrokx) recap too for AppsLab completeness.

I went to the Maker Faire 2015 Bay Area show over the weekend. A lot of similarity to last year, but a few new things.

In place of our spot last year, it was HP-Sprout demo stations. I guess HP is the main sponsor this year.

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Sprout is an acquisition by (more...)