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I'm a UX specialist investigating analysis and design of multi-user interaction. I specialize in design of CLIs and GUIs for use by programmers, QEs, and release engineers.

My doctoral work centered around using discourse analysis techniques to understand design requirements for groupware. I am currently employed helping to design a complex versioning/building/testing system.

In my spare time, I write science fiction; my first novel Duplicate is available as an eBook, paperback, or hardcover. My second novel, We Were Gods is also available as an eBook or paperback. Yes, there's a fair amount of programming and user experience in each of them. ;)

My statements on these websites are not official statements from any employer of mine.


Jul
19
comment Where's the best place to put an icon in a checkmark / label question?
The original appears to require one value for 'fast'ness for each of the dishes.
Jul
19
comment What should be the alert message on clicking “Cancel” Button
Slightly off topic, but I would strongly question the necessity of a "Reset" button, unless you've routinely got users needing to do that. In general it just provides a path to failure and frustration.
Jul
19
comment Should I leave a delay to allow people to read my loading messages?
Why do users need to see those messages? What specific purpose does it serve for the user? Answering this question may help you understand how to present the information.
Jul
17
comment English: gender neutral strings for named people in programs?
@ekapros Mmm, we're running into the variations between USA English vs. UK English. "Liverpool FC has..." is typical in USA English, but the UK would say "Liverpool FC have...".
Jul
16
comment English: gender neutral strings for named people in programs?
You probably don't need the awkward "User 'Catherine' has..." construction, just go with "Catherine has..."
Jul
8
comment How to stop car lights being left on
The Tesla Model S already has the internet connection, and may do this...You can also turn the lights on/off from your smartphone.
Jul
8
answered How to stop car lights being left on
Jun
28
answered How should I order arguments to my import/export commands?
Jun
28
revised How do people know to “double tap to like” in Instagram? What did Instagram do to make users aware of that feature?
+tag
Jun
25
comment What is this side menu called that can be found in many multi-touch apps, and where does it originate from?
The inclusion of the menu as the default in Bootstrap really launched the feature.
Jun
24
comment Looking for arguments and studies to rebut “No one complains, so it ain't broke.”
What you're describing are often called latent pains or latent inefficiencies. Observational studies can help reveal them, along with usability testing.
Jun
20
comment Is it better to 'XOR' or 'shade' text that is highlighted?
If you shade the background, make sure to pay attention to foreground colors. A blue background tint is great until it completely obscures, e.g., hyperlink text. Some editors allow you to define both bg and fg colors for highlighted text (e.g., vi) when defining syntaxes.
Jun
7
comment Is fixed, persistent navigation now considered good UX?
It's hard to talk about "good UX". It's much easier to make a claim for "appropriate"...
Jun
7
answered What is a primary noun table?
May
26
revised What are the real differences between UI/UX and front-end development?
added 27 characters in body
May
24
comment Telling user about updates in interface
+1 for nudges. Every time a website updates and tells me about it, invariably it does so by interrupting me when I'm on my way to do something else. I quickly hit "SKIP!" and then miss out on the updates--often with no way to get back to the update tutorial!
May
24
comment North American electrical outlet, why so sad?
Also, you might consider asking this on diy.stackexchange.com instead.
May
24
comment North American electrical outlet, why so sad?
Because they're installed upside down! Having the ground pin on the top is theoretically safer, because anything falling on a partly exposed plug will not short hot and neutral together.
May
24
comment Why does scrolling when dragging an element scroll faster on mouse wiggle?
Maybe they're triggering the scroll event more often because it's happening on every mousemove event, as well as some timed hover event?
May
24
revised What are the real differences between UI/UX and front-end development?
fixing sentence structure. Oops.