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Dec
31
comment What is an easier unlock pattern: gesture or code?
I'm not too worried since it's not my regular password and I don't store anything more important than cat videos on my phone (not that I store any cat videos in my phone or anywhere); but that's beside the point.
Dec
31
comment What is an easier unlock pattern: gesture or code?
"all phones are not touch screens" have a totally different meaning than "not all phones are touch screen".
Dec
31
comment What is an easier unlock pattern: gesture or code?
My pattern are quite simple, no inter-crossing lines (e.g. 1524) or cross-diagonals (e.g. 18 or 29), there is only straight lines and adjacent diagonals. But it always took them a few retries and repeat to finally get the right pattern. In any case, it's much harder for people to remember abstract shapes than to remember numbers that have well-defined symbols and names.
Dec
31
comment What is an easier unlock pattern: gesture or code?
Why are they less abstract? Say I'm trying to describe over to my friend over the phone that my password pattern is in the shape of "inverted triangle that starts with the top-left and end in the middle left" (FYI, not my real pattern), that takes so many words, alternatively I can describe that same pattern as 1384 but that brings us back to remembering numbers. Several times, I've shown my screen to my friends and draw my pattern, nobody can remember how I draw it even after giving them a description of what I was trying to draw.
Dec
31
comment What is an easier unlock pattern: gesture or code?
IMO patterns are even more abstract than numbers, how do you describe pattern over the phone? With PIN you can name the numbers, with patterns that's slightly more difficult. Although I agree that pattern is easier to remember, I don't think that it's because pattern is less abstract.
Dec
31
comment Traffic lights: why yellow before green?
@djeidot: that means you'll have to be fully concentrating at the light the whole time or you have to be familiar with the light timing on the intersection. If you have yellow (amber) between red->green light, you have time to relax for a while with your hands away from the wheel and your breaks engaged; with sudden green you have to be prepared all the time (lest you be caught surprised by the sudden change).
Dec
31
comment Traffic lights: why yellow before green?
-0, for lame abbreviations.
Dec
31
comment Traffic lights: why yellow before green?
it's more like 'Halt, Go' vs 'Halt, Ready, Go'
Dec
28
comment Any actual reason for complicated UIs?
IMO calls were lasting longer than the old UI is the worst metric you could choose for evaluating an application, the optimal solution for that metric is a single button on the screen that plays the soundclip "f* you" to the customer.
Dec
28
comment Any actual reason for complicated UIs?
Google is not a workplace tool tell me a workplace that have Internet connection that banned people from accessing Google search.
Oct
8
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Sep
16
revised Buttons and links for website navigation
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Sep
16
revised Buttons and links for website navigation
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Sep
16
comment Traffic lights: “yellow” is progress, not state
@BaGi: When the traffic light means "don't start, do finish", the yellow light means don't panic (i.e. don't sudden break or speedup) if you're already in the intersection as you will have sufficient time to complete the intersection.
Sep
15
comment Email Reminder Best Practices
don't send too many regular notifications, people will ignore them after some time.
Sep
15
comment Should a website directed towards programmers and code enthusiasts require IE8 (and earlier) support?
@jaslr: it's more than 2 years old, that's ancient.
Sep
15
comment Should a website directed towards programmers and code enthusiasts require IE8 (and earlier) support?
Do you have Google Analytics or other analytic tools on your website? If you don't, then you really should. Analytic tools helps you make informed decision about stuffs like this, and not rely on the general statistics from other websites, which vary widely.
Sep
14
comment So how big is the mouse pointer?
The physical size of a touchscreen controls do matter since you can't shrink down your fingers, however the physical size of the mouse pointer is not very relevant, as long as the pointer is not too small to be difficult to see, it will work well. Although one could argue that pointers that is too big will be aesthetically disturbing. A more useful comparison is the size of the actual mouse itself, it will depend on habit and hand size; I know people who preferred laptop mouse size since they have smaller hands while I'm most comfortable with the regular sized mouse.
Sep
14
answered Buttons and links for website navigation
Sep
14
comment Content first or Design first?
@heltonbiker: question is not silly, but expecting a different answer is silly