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Physicist.


Sep
1
comment Using funny error messages in Finance
"This filed needs a number" might however yield frustration when the user tried to input a float in an int field...
Aug
15
comment How to display a division by zero in a grid?
Note that a negative number divided by zero yields negative infinity...
Aug
13
comment What's the best way to create screenshots with callouts to show features of a program?
@FactorMystic Said question was unfortunately deleted. Here's a backup: stackprinter.com/…
Feb
17
comment Why is the input field always at the bottom of a chat window?
@Izkata >. There you go, now you're trapped :P
Feb
8
comment How to present password rules
@tim.baker There's just one catch: Typically the ridiculousness of a website's password rules is inversely proportional to the website's importance. And to top it off, those "high security password" sites then send your password in plaintext via e-Mail.
Feb
7
comment How to present password rules
+1 - I do use the same password in some rule-implied variations for minor webservices, and though I'd prefer dropping these silly rules in their entirety having them displayed on login would really be helpful and stop me from using the "forgot password" button as "login" replacement...
Dec
23
awarded  Yearling
Nov
6
comment Should I force the user to enter an email before actually using a paid app?
Will this requirement of providing an email-address be revealed before purchase? Otherwise you risk having to issue a lot of refunds - at least that's what I'd consider if a 99$ app forced me to provide my email-address with no sensible reason. Or actually, even with a sensible reason I'd think twice before supporting a developer with such practices...
Sep
26
comment Placeholders for missing images
(...and animations: chaostangent.com/2009/09/50-frames-of-life - I'll stop here...)
Sep
26
comment Placeholders for missing images
(sidenote: If you're more into unicorns...)
Sep
26
comment Placeholders for missing images
You're welcome - I found it either on gravatar.com or somewhere on meta.stackoverflow.com... Anyway, more information on it is at scott.sherrillmix.com/blog/blogger/wp_identicon
Sep
25
comment Placeholders for missing images
You know it wouldn't hurt to actually mention the word "identicon"...
Sep
16
awarded  Nice Question
Sep
11
comment Are there any valid reasons for an application to steal focus?
Application startup focus loss is another problem indeed, but that applies to basically any application that doesn't start immediately. So all of them... Yeah, a designated notification area that never is used in any other way might be useful, but maybe an Android-like feature that an application needs to actively obtain "post notifications" privilege should be required then... The basic problem is however developers not once stopping to think "is this message really important enough to bug the user?", and that related question
Sep
11
comment Are there any valid reasons for an application to steal focus?
@BrianOrtiz It is indeed a shocking experience to once in a while browse the internet in general without adblock (of course I deactivated it on SE though)
Sep
8
comment Are there any valid reasons for an application to steal focus?
Well, since the program is an answer to this question, it is kind of on-topic :) But anyway, it's just two links through your profile away. Maybe I should start using it actually...
Sep
7
comment Are there any valid reasons for an application to steal focus?
@MarjanVenema I was more thinking of banana = ux, monkey = OS vendor and water hose = users that once upon time sued OS vendors for their crappy application no longer working...
Sep
7
comment Are there any valid reasons for an application to steal focus?
I wouldn't mind you including a link to OOSAlarm here (found it though: nichesoftware.co.nz/oosalarm) and I agree this is a valid reason (+1). However it is, as you mentioned, a software specifically designed (and then installed) to catch focus while other software was not and yet does so. I'd imagine ideally a software like yours would explicitly ask for an OS's "flow interruption privilege" upon installation and if denied (or not even asked for) the OS would simply ignore any attempts at focus stealing by that program. Then again, ideally there were no OOS (or "out of oxygen")
Sep
7
comment Are there any valid reasons for an application to steal focus?
@MarjanVenema & #RicardoSánchez-Sáez: Maybe we should have a separate question on the compatibility of ux and backwards compatibility ;) Anyway, MS didn't exactly do a perfect job with the latter either, I encountered quite some - admittedly exotic - applications that needed some very weird runtime frameworks installed in Win7 to merely start up, while they ran fine on Win95... Anyway, backwards compatibility somehow reminds me of the monkey-banana-waterhose story...
Sep
6
comment Are there any valid reasons for an application to steal focus?
@MarjanVenema That makes me sad :(