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I do Technical Support for two businesses; a small ISP and a large University. On the side I run a Minecraft server, fiddle in various Linux distros, and program (mostly Ruby).


Apr
19
comment Ajax loader - icon vs text
It's simple: to avoid confusion. As long as there is room there is little reason not to be as clear as possible. In the Gmail example pointed out by AndroidHustle the dialog is alone on the page; there is nearly unlimited space to present the information, so they have a progress bar and words. In other contexts your space may be more constrained, or you may choose a more minimal presentation for design reasons.
Apr
19
answered Ajax loader - icon vs text
Apr
19
answered User Interface that adjust itself to the user behaviour
Apr
18
answered Is it bad practice to make people fill out forms to download company whitepapers?
Apr
13
comment How to display a large user info in a small space?
Can't you push the buttons down when the drawer is displayed? The point of this suggestion is to have a flexible layout; the header will expand when the user needs full information, and shrink when they don't.
Apr
12
answered Opening website external links in new window — published usability tests
Apr
12
answered Multiple step registration form design
Apr
12
comment How to convey element dimensions to casual users?
You could 'simplify' the design by having one representation of their choices, but center the active element in a cropping box. If they are manipulating the top border, then center (and highlight) the top border. That way you have one code path for modifying an arbitrarily complicated and large item. Scaling may also be appropriate if the cropping box is far smaller than the typical element being modified.
Apr
12
answered Should I show the Bank name as a user enters a routing number?
Apr
12
comment Should I show the Bank name as a user enters a routing number?
Do you know how often people typo when transcribing long undifferentiated numbers? It's something close to 1% on average.
Apr
12
answered Defining relationships between many users in one UI?
Apr
7
answered Type ahead search and URL history entry
Apr
6
answered Intuitive design pattern for selecting indexed table combinations in a relational DB
Apr
6
comment How should I design a “filter” screen where you can filter on many fields
Do a product search on NewEgg; they have a comprehensive and powerful filtering system, with multiple 'levels' of complexity.
Apr
6
comment Internal Consistency vs. Consistency across the Industry
Dangit, here with a Jakob quote before me. Another article where he stresses the importance of complying with global standards: useit.com/alertbox/990822.html
Apr
6
revised Menu design for web app with multiple “projects”
Typo
Apr
6
answered Menu design for web app with multiple “projects”
Apr
5
answered What is better better for the main buttons: icons or text?
Apr
5
revised What should the size of a game's window be?
Typo
Apr
5
comment What should the size of a game's window be?
Full screen/maximized at launch. 9 times out of 10, users will play that game exclusively... other than very casual games like Mine Sweeper or Solitaire, games are almost always not multitasked. Players play the game and do nothing else until they are done. If you are aiming for a casual 'off to the side' game such as Solitaire your needs might be different.