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I like to make programs and devices smarter, and easier to use. I experiment with new, brilliant interface concepts. I'm a programmer, designer, web developer, and a nice guy.

I believe choices make us who are, and are a major part of how we and others feel.

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Apr
7
comment Should subscriptions with a pre-pay model charge overage or renew early?
Typically, no, overage is extra, for example: algolia.com/pricing -- and no, let's suppose service disruption is not an option (I think I said this in the question, let me know if I am misunderstanding you or need to be clearer).
Apr
6
comment Why does the green “+” button in Mac apps only maximize the height?
Definitely the most direct and thorough answer so far about the actual UX! Didn't know about some of those little features they built in related to this.
Apr
6
comment Why does the green “+” button in Mac apps only maximize the height?
Interesting! I guess apps have to support that kind of viewport sizing then. In my opinion, though, zooming the window to full the screen would be a bigger win than not having extra whitespace. Maybe it's just a matter of preference.
Apr
6
comment Why does the green “+” button in Mac apps only maximize the height?
@DanielGibbs BetterSnapTool. It's slightly glitchy with multiple monitors sometimes but for the most part works pretty well.
Mar
27
comment Should “Yes, delete it” be red, or green?
When you hover over one of the buttons, switch the colors. That'll do the trick.
Feb
20
comment Why do address forms ask for the US state?
Plus, many people don't know the ZIP code. They may not be entering their own address. Even if they know the rest of the address, the ZIP code can be appended. We just assume ZIP codes are localized to a particular area.
Feb
3
comment Should US State be a dropdown or text field
@cimmanon What if the dropdown has states formatted like "MN - Minnesota" or just "MN" instead of "Minnesota"? Then they won't find it and have to start over.
Feb
3
comment Should US State be a dropdown or text field
@cimmanon Unless users know how the field is formatted (e.g. "NV - Nevada" or just "Nevada"), it's slower. They have to guess, and if they guess wrong, they have to start typing over again, because browsers will persist the keystrokes as they "type into" an entry, that turns out doesn't exist. I don't even know how to tell the browser to "forget" my previous keystrokes in a dropdown and start over from the beginning without using the mouse, or tabbing away, then shift+tabbing back.
Oct
22
comment Google plus hidden menu style
Typically, a navigation drawer, I think.
Oct
22
comment What is the best format to capture addresses for a universal user-base?
Use a single field and verify the input.
Oct
20
comment Users Entering Email Address Instead of Mailing Address (Web Form)
US addresses don't have a second street line. (Usually.) But please oh please don't add another address field (as I commented below) -- let's make the web better by simplifying address input instead of making it more confusing. (Sorry. I work at SmartyStreets. For some reason I'm kind of passionate about this...)
Oct
20
comment Users Entering Email Address Instead of Mailing Address (Web Form)
Oh, not more address fields! :o --- definitely don't add fields to the form. Let's consolidate the address field into one while we're looking at making improvements.
Oct
18
comment Are there studies that show how long a user is willing to wait when logging into a website?
Interesting question, though I doubt the delay would be noticeable with today's processors. If the delay was noticeable by a human and the processor was spinning that whole time chewing on a hashing algorithm, I'd be more worried about upgrading the hardware to handle the load than I would be about delaying the user a few more milliseconds. Ironically, that upgrade would speed it up. I have seen some sites (even the Linux desktop login) enforce a time delay, aside from actual computation time, to prevent brute-force.
Sep
20
comment Quizzing users on key points of the EULA?
Interesting idea, but I think DannyVarod's and Brendon's comments combined form a complete answer to your question.
Sep
6
comment Order of address, city, country in form
Also, I'll add: ZIP codes frequently change, and a ZIP code may often map to multiple cities or even states, making a city/state auto-fill less than trivial.
Sep
5
comment Order of address, city, country in form
Exactly. And with good auto-complete, you get the whole address including ZIP code after just a few characters (typically). Just remember, too, that it's not uncommon to forget, not know, or mistype a ZIP code (users can have a hard time with numbers).
Aug
5
comment How can the classic footer elements be integrated into an infinite scrolling layout?
Facebook now has the footer links at the bottom of the sidebar because, as you say, the infinite scrolling was causing a problem!
Jul
17
comment Should I include all toolbar items inside menus?
Wow; I haven't seen a menu that looks like that in any new apps for a long time.
Jun
23
comment How do I maintain flow during checkout?
Looks good to me!
Jun
7
comment Combining all the address fields into one?
Your point is certainly valid... users aren't expecting the single field for the address. Do you know of any case studies where it's shown how users react to a single text field for addresses? I'd be interested in any research that has been done but haven't been able to find much myself.