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bio website ianatkin.info
location Sunnyvale, CA
age 46
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seen Sep 15 '13 at 17:13

I type lots of itty-bitty characters in the hope that they'll do something useful.

I develop applications for the web that serve thousands, and sometimes millions, of users.

I specialize in back-end fun these days, but have a long history of trying to make Internet Explorer do something approaching sensible, and other activities generally described as front-end.

I love to read and study the hardcore concepts of computer science, as well as the whole shebang/gamut of computing history. Areas of particular interest are SmallTalk, Lisp, and the amazing work done at Apple in the late 70s and early 80s.

I also do nerdy stuff with electronic music, and when I find time I also read the mainstay of all geeks: science fiction. I guess I'm true to type. I also enjoy watching vintage movies of all sizes and subjects, but have a fondness for B-movies and dystopic tales.

Cue the Zombie Apocalypse!


Dec
11
awarded  Critic
Dec
11
revised Should we use a sound/jingle when users arrive on our site or open our app?
added 63 characters in body
Dec
11
revised Should we use a sound/jingle when users arrive on our site or open our app?
added 102 characters in body
Dec
11
answered Should we use a sound/jingle when users arrive on our site or open our app?
Dec
11
awarded  Teacher
Dec
11
comment Should I allow users to reorganise menu items?
Just make sure that this (or any feature) doesn't clutter the interface or distract from the main goal of the site. Also, don't implement mystery meat that may be utilized accidentally by necessary experimentation.
Dec
11
revised To preselect or not preselect checkboxes
added 329 characters in body
Dec
11
comment Should I allow users to reorganise menu items?
How do you plan to make this work with non-HTML5 compliant browsers? Remove the option for those users completely... until they upgrade?
Dec
11
answered To preselect or not preselect checkboxes
Dec
11
comment To preselect or not preselect checkboxes
Totally agree. The only caveat I will add, is in a scenario where a pre-selected choice may represent some cultural problems with regards to bias. For example, if the choices are "female" or "male" (and obviously radio buttons), would you pre-select one or the other, or none? What about when they're required? You can see how this can quickly lead to trouble in these sensitive times... what would you suggest for my "example"?
Dec
11
answered Should I allow users to reorganise menu items?
Dec
11
awarded  Editor
Dec
11
revised Should every website have a landing page?
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Dec
11
answered Should every website have a landing page?
Dec
11
awarded  Autobiographer
Dec
11
awarded  Supporter