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bio website brendanlong.com
location Colorado
age 25
visits member for 2 years, 10 months
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Jun
28
comment Should I fill empty space in bars?
Make sure the two colors aren't exactly the same brightness, since some people are color blind..
Nov
20
comment How to “force” users to upgrade their browser?
@JonW Firefox does not "drink memory like they're no tomorrow". Despite the opinion of the internet echo-chamber, Firefox uses substantially less memory than all of the competition, and has for some time. Firefox does use a lot of memory for caching (i.e. speed), but it listens for low-memory events and drops caches as necessary to keep other programs running well.
Nov
16
comment Is coffee a good excuse for a slow application start-up time?
@MarjanVenema Why don't you just cache the data you use (and read-ahead in the background)? Then you'd have a fast start-up and fast queries.
Oct
29
comment In what situations is a “barrier to entry” training requirement before use appropriate?
This question reminds me of this rant by Linus Torvalds, with the quote: Quite frankly, even if the choice of C were to do *nothing* but keep the C++ programmers out, that in itself would be a huge reason to use C. Whether or not it's an appropriate requirement is hard to say though.
Oct
16
comment What fields to drop from the registration form?
I agree with the majority of this, but I think it should definitely just be email/password (not email or username). Usernames are basically only useful as display names, since email addresses are easier to remember for signing in (since you have the same one on every site).
Oct
1
comment How much information should you ask for when users register?
@VirtuosiMedia Having a "Display Name" gives you the same effect (hiding email) without the annoyance of needing to remember a user name or the ugliness of displaying a user name.
Jul
30
comment Should we try and avoid fail states at all cost or allow users to recover from fail states?
+1 To addition to these of a roll-over that indicates why the button is disabled. It's extremely annoying when buttons are disabled as you can't figure out why.
Jul
5
comment Why don't users want to see adverts relating to products/services they might be interested in?
@Anonymous- I've yet to see a book with ads it (besides maybe product placement?). Ad blockers have got pretty good on the internet, although the most annoying ads can't be blocked (entire websites that exist just to lie to users).
Jul
5
comment Why don't users want to see adverts relating to products/services they might be interested in?
@Anonymous- What if I don't want to be interrupted at all?
Jun
9
comment How do we stop users overpaying in financial web forms?
Yes, but what about it isn't proper UI? How would you fix it? This is a rant, not an answer.
Feb
28
comment Disabling submit-button until the user has completed the form
@Samiullah - I guess you could disable the button with JavaScript, but you might get an undesired flicker before it happens.
Oct
15
comment Don't hide or disable menu items?
@Assaf Lavie - yes, the save button should always be enabled. Users are paranoid. Let them have their button, even if it doesn't do anything.
Oct
15
comment Don't hide or disable menu items?
Maybe it would make sense to gray the items out, but still allow them to be clickable (so you can pop up a message saying "You can't do that because ..."). Not sure how many GUI toolkits support that though.
Sep
14
comment Is this rotating cube interface user-friendly?
+1 for mentioning that the cube is distorted
Sep
6
comment What are the best practices for background images?
@pir abdul wakeel, in that case, I'd still recommend running the image through ImageMagick to reduce the size and quality (you can probably get away with 80% or lower quality). The background image in your example is way bigger than it needs to be.
Jun
16
comment All my users are from Afghanistan; or, how to get users to correctly fill out a form
+1, why would give you information that I don't think you need?