On the digital literacies of regular web users

    Terence Eden opened a new private browsing window and started typing “https…” and received the results of lots of different sites.

    He uses this to surmise, and I think he’s probably correct, that users conflate search bars and address bars. Why shouldn’t they? They’ve been one and the same thing in browsers for years now.

    Perhaps more worrying is that there’s a whole generation of students who don’t know what a file system structure is…

    There are a few lessons to take away from this.
    • Users don't really understand interfaces
    • Computers don't really understand users
    • Big Data assumes that users are behaving in semi-rational manner
    Source: Every search bar looks like a URL bar to users | Terence Eden’s Blog

    Life is a great bundle of little things

    As I'm catching up with news from various sources and bookmarking articles to come back and share via Thought Shrapnel, I also come across interesting tools and resources.

    Here are some of them that I thought were interesting enough to share.

    ArchiveWeb.page is "the latest tool from Webrecorder to turn your browser into a full-featured interactive web archiving system!"

    Bookfeed.io is "a simple tool that allows you to specify a list of authors, and generates an RSS feed with each author’s most recently released book."

    Loudreader is "the world's only ebook reader that can open .azw3 [and] .mobi files in a browser!"

    NES.css is "a NES style (8bit-like) CSS framework." (also see Simple.css)

    novelWriter is "a markdown-like text editor designed for writing novels and larger projects of many smaller plain text documents."

    Open Peeps is a hand-drawn illustration library. "You can use Open Peeps in product illustration, marketing imagery, comics, product states, user flows, personas, storyboarding, invitations for your quinceañera...or anything else not on this list."

    Pattern Generator provides you with a way to "create unique, seamless, royalty-free patterns".

    Same Energy is "a visual search engine. You can use it to find beautiful art, photography, decoration ideas, or anything else."

    Screenstab allows you to "cut down on time and effort by auto-generating appealing graphics for marketing materials, social media posts, illustrations & presentation slides."


    Quotation-as-title by Oliver Wendell Holmes. Image by Jessica Lee.

    Fascinating Friday Facts

    Here's some links I thought I'd share which struck me as interesting:


    Header image: Keep out! The 100m² countries – in pictures (The Guardian)