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bio website hostilefork.com
location Æmelia Island
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seen Oct 27 at 0:45

Not actually hostile, just a bit irate. :)

A "hostile fork"—as many developers know—refers to when open source efforts diverge due to different ideas about where the code should be taken. I started my site intending to get to the bottom of why we all can't just get along as a bit of an SEO/keyword hack. (It worked...try googling "hostile fork".)

Until I figure out how to make everyone bring the best ideas to the table, I'm just blogging about software development. Long term I hope that people searching for "hostile fork x" will find my site and consider engagement instead of forking. Yet somehow it's easier to answer StackOverflow questions than make people get along. Who knew?

And yes I drew the fork. I'm an artiste as well as a programmer. :P


Nov
25
awarded  Yearling
Oct
22
comment Board game design: Which design is clearest to indicate failure?
@Ian Many prototypes really are just the numbers, completely pre-art. The kind of people most qualified to analyze and judge balance and gameplay would rather you not distract them with things they're just going to have to mentally erase anyway to see the logic.
Oct
22
comment Board game design: Which design is clearest to indicate failure?
@Ian The people I know who test prototype games are not picky about looks; they only care about the logistics and balance aspects. They'll play any ugly game (as long as it's legible). You have to pitch why you think the mechanic is worth studying, but if you hook them on the pitch they'll find the game in it. Most of their work as game players is figuring out how to "un-see" all the obscuring art and facade anyway and become Optimizers...
Sep
30
awarded  Explainer
Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Jul
30
comment Best way to subtract score on Android when a tap adds score?
@ethanmad It's probably rare enough that just a click of a button and going to a stock Android List View should be enough. The balance between making people click the tiny menu button and adding some kind of buttons that compete with the swipes is a usability issue you'll have to consider.
Jul
30
comment Best way to subtract score on Android when a tap adds score?
@ethanmad A general facility for editing the history (going back in time and inserting a point, for instance) sounds like overkill. I'd think being able to view the history as a list would be enough...and if there was an error in scoring, compensating through adding/removing points in the main interface would be sufficient. Often the best apps stay simple.
Jul
30
revised Best way to subtract score on Android when a tap adds score?
two score revision
Jul
30
comment Best way to subtract score on Android when a tap adds score?
@ethanmad Looking at your picture more closely I see you have two scores...in which case I think a horizontal swipe left should add to the left player and a horizontal swipe right should add to the right player (one vibration feedback, audio alert if enabled). Taking away a point could be a two step operation of a swipe down followed by a swipe in the direction of the player to ding (two vibration feedback, audio alert if enabled).
Jul
30
answered Best way to subtract score on Android when a tap adds score?
Feb
1
comment How to create bands of number ranges for a field?
Nice idea to throw in the scale; that's something I didn't consider. I was mostly just trying to optimize the data entry process, but you've taken it a step further showing how visualization could inform the process of doing data adjustment. In certain applications that may be more important. I think the best solutions allow switching between multiple modalities to the one most relevant for the task at hand. (As sometimes you want a spreadsheet to see the columns of numbers, sometimes you want a graph!)
Nov
25
awarded  Yearling
Nov
25
awarded  Yearling
Apr
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revised How to create bands of number ranges for a field?
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25
awarded  Yearling
Sep
9
comment What would be a good non-religious icon to represent that a person has died?
@Agos +1 ... that's a good suggestion, I edited it in!
Sep
9
revised What would be a good non-religious icon to represent that a person has died?
Integrate suggestion from @Agos about "date of passing"
Sep
9
comment All capital titles: good or bad?
+1 for providing alternative research. Although a phrase like "Cloud Based Digital Signage" would trigger my spam-senses regardless of casing. :P
Sep
9
comment All capital titles: good or bad?
@Matt: Thanks for looking at my site! But the only places I use caps is in what might be considered logotypes (the header of course, and for a project name in order to call out a separation from the description, for instance "BLACKHIGHLIGHTER: Protected Public Discussions in Django ") The latter is largely a technical limitation of using a very old version of Wordpress--I cannot use a better typographical cue in my "pages" list in the sidebar as it just repeats the plain titles. I'll find the time to redesign the blog someday as a proper website, but blogging doesn't pay the bills, so... :)
Sep
9
answered All capital titles: good or bad?