Jared Greene

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Interface I Like

An interface which I enjoy using is µTorrent

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µTorrent is a client for the popular peer to peer (P2P) transfer protocol Bittorrent. µTorrent has been reported as the most used Bittorrent client, and the second most used peer to peer application. For initial users the designs appears to be extremely simple to learn and use. The simple interface helps to attract the initial user, while the massive amounts of customization options and advanced preferences keeps the interest of the more advanced user. Most impressively the client weighs in a minimalistic 282KB, and uses hardly any system memory when running, which is quite impressive when considering the massive amount of features and customizations contained within its options.

Due to µTorrent's huge popularity and impressive performance, on December 7, 2006, Bittorrent Inc. bought the rights to own and maintain µTorrent's code.

Interface I Dislike

One interface which I dislike is the ESPN website

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As a sport enthusiast, I am troubled by the interface for ESPN. ESPN markets itself as "The Worldwide Leader in Sports," and yet there website makes it extremely difficult to follow sport related news. The webpage contains tiered buttons, a design option which can work well(see: Digg), but has been implemented by ESPN in destructive manner. It is understandable, that a media website, like ESPN, wants to generate as many clicks as possible in order to increase add revenue. ESPN generates clicks by routinely changing their main design enough to get even the more advanced user lost within its website. Surely, a good design would allow users to navigate a website seamlessly. Instead, ESPN encourages users to bookmark their favorite teams and pages in order to avoid future website navigation.

Influential Technology

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Adobe Flash has become the worlds leading multimedia platform for internet advertising, video players, games, and widgets. Initially known as Macromedia Flash, the platform was initially developed for easy animation creation. As the internet began to thrive and users demanded more rich and complex "internet applications" flash developed a symbiotic relationship with the evolution of the internet. Flash evolved almost seamlessly from a tool to watch internet cartoons to a container for games, advertisements and widgets, where the majority of its use remained for some time. After the 2002 version of Flash was released(called Macromedia Flash MX) with a video codec, it became impossible to browse the web without flash.

Today many sites support the "Web 2.0" standards of AJAX and Javascript, and for video and miniature applications, Flash. Many industry leaders believe that Flash has helped the internet industry to realize the direction of its movement from a media based forum of static pages, to a dynamic site that contains multiple miniature applications that aid the user. One company that I worked for, Clearspring, which owns AddThis is dedicated to creating a pipeline that will allow for the seamless movement of these applications across the web. Although Clearspring might be ahead of its time, I firmly believe that the future of the internet, as demonstrated by the popularity of Flash, will use this technology in the future in ways we cant even think of and ultimately truly help to evolve the internet.

Contact

Email (at gmail) - jegreene

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