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Freelance developer for the last six years, I'm specializing myself in quality and productivity for the last two years. I spent the last year working in a Dilbertesque company, watching people doing everything they can to make projects fail.

For a long time, I worked with Microsoft technologies, but recently started to build Linux-based DevOps infrastructure—an excellent way to learn lots of new things.

I'm mostly active on Programmers.SE, but try to participate on other sites as well.

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Feel free to contact me by email at arseni.mourzenko@gmail.com.


Jul
17
comment How the user should be informed that the file she submitted is not an image?
@Brian: I see. Indeed, I don't know English well enough and I should have listened to Jon of All Trades instead of arguing. For you, what would be a more appropriate term then "lie"?
Jul
10
comment How the user should be informed that the file she submitted is not an image?
@JonofAllTrades: well, if the user submits a TIFF, a PSD or a TGA, telling that it's not an image is a lie: it is an image, just as a JPEG or a PNG.
May
19
comment What is the best approach to design registration page
@adrianh: good point. See What makes OpenID so difficult to use by persons with no technical background?
May
18
comment What is the best approach to design registration page
@MarjanVenema: OpenId is transparent when it comes to registration. From the user's point of view, I would rather call it association (with an OpenId account) rather than a registration.
Apr
29
comment Synonym for 'GUI' for non-technical people?
+1. I actually missed the fact that to the users, interface is the actual program.
Feb
16
comment Do non-technical/non-web savvy users understand the concept of tags?
@icc97: my point is that "many people have difficulty thinking in terms of hierarchical data structures" and "The human brain works by summarizing the objects and incorporating them into some hierarchy." is somehow contradictory.
Feb
16
comment Do non-technical/non-web savvy users understand the concept of tags?
@johnfound: "Unfortunately, hierarchical trees are one of the most inappropriately used controls in the toolbox. They can be highly problematic for users; many people have difficulty thinking in terms of hierarchical data structures.", About Face 3, The Essentials of Interaction Design, Alan Cooper, Robert Reimann and David Cronin, ISBN 978-0-470-08411-3, p. 457.
Feb
16
comment Do non-technical/non-web savvy users understand the concept of tags?
@Nadyne Richmond: agreed, and the fact that some apps use the term categories when it's actually tags makes things more difficult then they are. Office website tells that "A category is a keyword or phrase that [...]": that's clearly a tag. In the same way, several French websites I know use the term categories when the exact term would be tags.
Feb
15
comment Industry standard for button captions that use a Function Key as the keyboard shortcut
@Ben Brocka: true; discoverability problem seems to cover more and more Microsoft's products. Just look how important this problem is in Windows 8 (and it's not limited to shortcuts).
Feb
15
comment Industry standard for button captions that use a Function Key as the keyboard shortcut
@Laoujin: The poster of the original question already knows that and already uses mnemonics for Alt-type shortcuts.
Feb
15
comment Industry standard for button captions that use a Function Key as the keyboard shortcut
@StuperUser: in Visual Studio? With my configuration, it auto-formats the source code. But this may not be the case for other people, given that the configuration depends of what was chosen when originally installing VS, and that every shortcut may be changed later.
Nov
8
comment Wouldn't it be more efficient to disable elements in inactive windows?
I haven't noticed before that Microsoft Office applications were ignoring the first click. Great example. Thank you.
Oct
4
comment What's the point in asking the user to do what an application can do itself?
@JonW: if it would be just Microsoft... PayPal restricts passwords to 20 characters. My bank website has a password length restriction and can contain only digits. Among the popular websites, most have a small length limit.
Sep
24
comment Why do sites with a single sign-on system redirect to a login screen?
@Kroehre: Ok, reading your comment and your answer, I understand that I misunderstood the original question. For me, it was not about OpenID and similar mechanisms, but about the logon inside the same website, i.e. an ordinary, internal logon.
Jul
28
comment What is the purpose behind mouse acceleration?
@jokoon: the movement is still very accurate, since when you need to have a pixel-size precision, you just slow down. On a large screen (or, better, three monitors setup), without acceleration you will constantly run out of space for your mouse on your desktop.
Jul
20
comment When is it right to use “Not <user>?”
Giving your credentials to somebody else is a really, really bad idea in a first place, so no, you don't have to be logged in as JNF. If in an application, the only way to do something is to logon as somebody else, this is the most important issue to solve.
Jul
13
comment User perception on non “.com” top level domains
@Lie Ryan: microoptimization is acceptable when you're Google.
Jul
7
comment User registration tips
Is there a serious reason to require SMS validation? Aside my bank website, I would never give my phone number to any other during registration, which is probably the case of most people.
Feb
14
comment How to communicate foreign key constraints in a business application?
@katit: "If I start disabling buttons out of the blue - there will be questions WHY it is disabled": that's why I suggested to add tooltips on disabled buttons.
Feb
14
comment How to communicate foreign key constraints in a business application?
@Ian: that's why in the last point of my answer, I discuss two cases, the second one being the case when you cannot disable the button.