May 2007

A Few Irritants

May 5, 2007

Here are a few things that have been bugging me recently — some solved, others not. That irritating clicking sound in Internet Explorer 7.0. Particularly frustrating when you use sites like Google Analytics. Anyway, there seems to be a very simple solution to the problem: http://www.joedolson.com/articles/2006/09/internet-explorer-7-irritation-of-the-day/. And it does work! Here is an usability problem […]

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ReviewBasics

May 5, 2007

Recently, I was invited to review ReviewBasics, a feedback gathering platform for documents, images and other types of content. I had a quick trial of it today. My first impression: It is a very powerful, but intuitive tool that fills a critical need for professionals everywhere. What does ReviewBasics do? Let us say that I […]

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Don’t Slow Down the User

May 5, 2007

Ever noticed the guy who presses the Close‐Door button on the elevator? Well, if you didn’t, that is me. Like most people, I dislike waiting idly for something. However that is what many websites and applications make me do all the time. Here are some examples: Video/audio without transcripts: The problem with video and audio […]

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Going Down Alone

May 3, 2007

(Dedicated to the people who will only accept their mistakes over their own dead bodies.) Frank is getting out of his car at the local supermarket when he notices John coming with a bag of groceries. He notices that there is a hole in the bag and sugar is spilling out. He runs towards John. […]

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The Competition

May 2, 2007

Once upon a time, people could get a good laugh by uttering the phrase “Japanese quality”. This was a time when Japanese products meant rip‐offs and shoddy workmanship. Today, that same phrase evokes respect in consumers. Toyota is the prime example, having just overtaken General Motors as the world’s largest automaker. For years, China and […]

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Silverlight and Microsoft

May 1, 2007

I am really excited about the new Silverlight technology released by Microsoft. If you remember what Java applet technology (to a lesser extent) promised all those years ago and never really delivered, well — this is a much bigger promise. I think it has a great chance of succeeding because of the .NET momentum and […]

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