Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Package Tracking & RSS: A Natural Fit?

I have a badly needed printer on it's way.

It is being shipped by UPS. If you are like me, and have some obsessive compulsive type tendencies, you probably check the package tracking more often than necessary.

As I refreshed the UPS page today for the 2nd or 3rd time to find out that still nothing has changed since yesterday, I thought:

"Wouldn't this be a good fit for RSS?"

What do you think?

If you had a choice of a personalized RSS feed that automatically updated in your favorite RSS reader as your package's status changed, would you chose and use that over a web page?

Any other seemingly obvious fits for RSS that you have stumbled upon?

Love to hear your thoughts!!

Update
In a short period of time I recieved a comment from "SAI" providing a link to the "Universal Package Tracking" offered on iSnoop.net.

According to the site it will accept tracking numbers from UPS, FedEx, USPS, or DHL/AirBorne. I entered my UPS tracking number, and it worked as advertised. A RSS feed was created for my shipment, and a Google Map showing each location that it stopped at as it progressed to delivery.

Great find SAI! And next time you have a package to track, check out iSnoop's tool.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

What is design?

"Design is not art" was a topic of discussion for recent posts at the Bokardo blog.

Regardless of what position you take in that discussion, you will likely find the following video of Stanford grad student David Ngo humorous. Watch as Mr. Ngo tries to explain the age old question: "What is design?"



I came by this video via Logic + Emotion.