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Feb
17
comment Ask user to input UTC timedifference
So overall, GMT and UTC are close enough to consider equivalent when setting your watch, but there are important differences when you care about synchronizing time very precisely. Neither are directly adjusted for DST, but no time zone is; must like GMT vs BST, the U.S. "standard" time zones aren't used in the summer months, instead we use "daylight" time zones (except for Arizona which stays on MST all the time)
Feb
17
comment Ask user to input UTC timedifference
To answer the uncertainty (cause there's a lot of it; I've written this comment three times now trying to be accurate about it), GMT != UTC. GMT is a solar time standard; the second of time at which the sun is at its peak inclination from the horizon as measured in Greenwich, England, is noon GMT (more accurately, because this happens at a different second in each 24-hour period, the average or "mean" second of the day is used). UTC, however, is an atomic standard based on IAT which is the system used by GPS, but UTC adds an offset of "leap seconds" to stay within 0.9 seconds of GMT.
Feb
17
answered Best practice for scrolling and orientation within non-touch displays: line-wise vs. page-wise scrolling?
Feb
17
comment Mail icon, is the envelope icon dead?
This. The floppy disk "Save" icon is anachronistic because we don't use floppies anymore, and we keep the icon because it is readily identifiable for the action, despite the storage media changing. The envelope isn't even anachronistic; it's "old-school", sure, but a random computer user of any age will know what a real-world envelope is and what it's used for because it's still an everyday thing for us to receive snail mail.
Feb
17
comment Mail icon, is the envelope icon dead?
Tapatalk uses the paper airplane as the "Submit" icon. Makes some sense as the messages you compose in that app aren't "mail" per se.
Aug
27
comment Save icon, is the floppy disk icon dead?
@Urbycoz ... as I stated in my answer in the very next paragraph after the image.
Jul
30
revised What reason could Nintendo have had for putting the A and B buttons the wrong way round?
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Aug
23
answered What is the purpose of having a clock on the desktop?
Aug
23
revised In a calendar, should we show dates that fall outside the current month?
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Aug
23
answered In a calendar, should we show dates that fall outside the current month?
Jul
29
answered Should badges be be listed and described or secret until you earn them?
Jul
29
comment What is the psychology behind laying out slabs at different angles for cyclists and pedestrians?
One more thing; not all cyclists ride road-style bikes (with narrow slick or grooved tires) for which the perpendicular grooves would prove uncomfortable. Cruiser, trail or full mountain-bike style frames and wheels would eat the slab on the right of the OP's image for breakfast.
Jun
26
comment How to choose the right orientation for a specific tablet app?
@ekinnear - This. If there are arguments for both orientations, then give the user the best of both worlds and build them both into the UI. And actually for most "casual" games like puzzles, I like having both orientations available there too; it's just the shooter/platform type games that I can accept being landscape only.
Jun
26
comment Hover call to action picture/icon
+1 for dashes, but keep in mind this convention has the negative connotation of "hover ads" embedded on trigger words in web page content. They're almost never correct in context and they're almost never welcome to the casual browser.
Jun
26
answered What is the purpose and origin of in-page navigation
Jun
26
comment Is automatic content delivery a design choice?
Honestly I don't like a lot of those Infinite Scrolling sites, because the scrolling's based on bandwidth and assumptions the user will be reading everything they see. If I'm digging for something, I'll get to the bottom and have to wait for more to come up. I prefer paging; yes I'm still waiting, but at least you're not giving me the impression that I shouldn't be seeing this "loading more items" footer.
Jun
26
comment Long loading bar vs. short loading bar?
While the science is good for text like titles and status messages, the user isn't "reading" the progress bar. It's an at-a-glance status indicator, like your car's spedometer (where you care only about the number at the tip of the needle). The problem with the Dropbox status bar is contrast, which hinders that at-a-glance nature. It also has text at opposite ends, so your eye does go to three places. Why not have the remaining time travel as the bar fills?
Jun
26
comment How you decide which display is best when everyone (users and stakeholders) that is asked has a different and strong opinion?
@Nrgdallas - +1 to that. Also, why would allowing the user to adjust the setting end poorly? Just make it easy to change (maybe a radio button on the screen) and remember their preference.
Jun
26
revised Childproof washing machine
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Jun
26
answered Childproof washing machine