'usability' Archive

DRM done right; repetetive kudos

13 November 2007, 7:35 pm
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I read a very convincing review of Pragmatic Press’s Prototype and script.aculo.us and decided to buy a copy. The shopping cart defaulted to the physical book and the PDF. This gave me some real pause. I find it very useful to have a physical book that doesn’t take up monitor space. On the other […]

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aging; tangents

13 July 2007, 7:31 am
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Although it scarcely seems possible, I’m older now than I was before. Actually, I’m older now than when I typed that, but I recently passed one of those points where society asserts that you’ve made a quantum state change from n-old to n+1 old.
I commemorated the occasion, in part, by checking the weather in Montréal, […]

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Do you like when things are easy?

7 April 2007, 7:15 am
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Most of the email hitting my servers these days falls into one of three categories: “pump-and-dump” investment scam solicitations, phishing attempts, and solicitations for unlawful medications. I was disturbed that what appears to be a legitimate email from Fidelity Investment services tripped “red flags” for dangerous email — it has earmarks of two of those […]

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Google personalized search no boon

8 February 2007, 1:11 pm
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I’m among the people who are unhappy that Google has decided all registered users of Google services (like Gmail) should be subjected to Personalized Search. It’s quite difficult to opt out of this feature if you don’t think it’s for you; I found instructions on several sites which didn’t work before I found more useful […]

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embedded video is the new fax

4 December 2006, 1:42 pm
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or, why I may not click your YouTube link

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a good link

4 November 2006, 2:49 pm
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I’ve whined in the past about long, obscure link addresses, so I was delighted to see a best-in-breed URL for an article at Tufts Daily.
I prefer to use non-graphical email clients, so if you email me a link, I often see something kinda like this:

It’s a little hard to read in the screen capture, […]

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every time I see this graphic, I get

14 September 2006, 7:28 am
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Confused!
(from allmusic.com)

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when life gets you down

11 August 2006, 5:17 pm
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Among your options:

Turn to one of the Daily WTF’s galleries of interface oddities. If nothing else, you can (probably) give thanks that you’re not the responsible party.
Go marvel at the fine line between boundless optimism and wilfull self-delusion.
Listen to a swell record by a new band with an embarrasing name, like Headlights or Hot Young […]

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