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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).


Dec
12
comment Gracefully Constrain Window Size
That is correct @KitGrose. I have not done Windows development in a few years, and the terminology slips away so easily.
Dec
11
comment Gracefully Constrain Window Size
No, I'm just blind. I will rewrite it to pertain directly to your situation.
Jan
29
comment Opening website external links in new window — published usability tests
@kentr Increasing usability directly increases revenue for most sites (assuming revenue is a goal). The only reason to prioritize keeping a page open when the user is not paying attention to it is if you have continuously refreshing ads on the page. Beware: keeping users on the site without them noticing reduces click-through rate on ads, directly affecting revenue in a different way.
Oct
31
comment Prompt user to edit an inline-edit field
Poorly? :-) Not a good answer for mobile accessibility.
Oct
23
comment Electronic voting UI - got any (good) examples?
I'd like to note that the above method allows users to be sure their vote was counted (and to prove they voted), without the possibility of voter coercion. The receipt cannot provide who they voted for without the other half.
Oct
23
comment Electronic voting UI - got any (good) examples?
This paper covers a voting method that is essentially impervious to malicious manipulation, even if the software or the results afterward have been tampered with. While why it works is not obvious, the fact that it does without any trust needed in any portion of the voting system can be proven. Bad software or malicious intent will be found, provably.
Oct
23
comment Electronic voting UI - got any (good) examples?
I would rephrase that as 'all deployed electronic voting solutions'. There are some excellent solutions that have been offered that meet all the needs of a secure, verifiable, and anonymous voting system. 'Not in use' is not the same as 'doesn't exist'.
Jul
31
comment Should users be forced into a responsive design (without the ability to opt out)?
I would contest that it is cheaper than a completely separate mobile and desktop site, net better. Forcing a mobile device to parse very complicated CSS to eventually display simple, online approriate content layout is not as good for the user as if the server sent out simple content that the mobile device could render faster. However, I do agree that responsive design does strike a good balance, usually, between cost and UX.
Jul
11
comment Screen sizes, how do we determine standards and what are they?
The grid used by a designer in layout is a tool; I do not think choice of tool is really a UX issue. A better question (and one that has been answered before) might be 'what maximum resolution should I target' or 'Should I limit my layout to a maximum width, or flow to use the full width of the browser'. Those are UX issues. But the limitations a particular tool imposes upon your design (such as a layout grid) is not.
Jul
6
comment Showing ASC/DESC icons intuitively
Excellent answer, I like it a lot.
Jun
25
comment wizard pattern on iOS - should I use navigation controller?
If you have screenshots, or could show us a mockup, of your existing workflow it would be very helpful. You can't embed images directly in to your question yet, but if you link to them someone with higher rep can change that into an embedded image.
Jun
25
comment Standard image for the Android back\up button
Icon/Symbol questions are generally off-topic, per the FAQ.
Jun
13
comment Keep it grammatically correct or user friendly
This is more of a 'domains are effing cheap, get both' question.
Jun
5
comment Data Grid double click for detailed record view or single click to populate constantly visible single record form?
Why would someone click on the data grid unless they wanted additional details? Assuming you are targeting for the web, it is a bad idea to ever require double-clicks; few web users will even realize the interaction exists.
May
31
comment What are good UI Visualizations to show in a grid for ranking activity?
Fair point. One way around this is to use statistics. Set the maximum at the 99th percentile, or at the third standard deviation from the mean. Users who were past the end of the scale would have something fun, like a big 'more' arrow.
May
29
comment How to allow the user to state 'No preference'
Good point. If you do choose to use the basic choice, put whichever 'No Favorite' you want as they very first choice on the list, not alphabetized. I can see how the X avoids the confusion of having to find it again on the list; I had not considered that as a benefit.
May
25
comment Can I use a single layout for both an iPad App and a Web App?
It should be pointed out that a liquid layout also requires far more CPU to render than a simpler one; this means that CPU induced rendering delays are far higher, and can create a poor experience on a lower end device such as an iPhone 3 (very common now that it comes free with your plan) or lower end or older Android device.
May
25
comment Starting Instant Search as you type
He indicated that WASD mirror the use of the arrow keys; lefties already have a better usability for most sites since using the arrow keys does not require taking your hand off the mouse. WASD (even though I'm not a fan) is helpful to right handers.
May
25
comment Starting Instant Search as you type
I apologize, I misunderstood how you were using the WASD keys.
May
23
comment Which is the best way to select a language from 400 possibilities?
@PauGiner How do you indicate to the user that there are other possibilities if the first 6 you offer aren't enough? You can't assume they know English to use the phrase 'More Choices'.