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I'm an Australian software developer working in the Oil & Gas industry. Programming in C#, WPF and Go. Big Raspberry Pi fan. I'm on twitter @dodgy_coder and write a blog at dodgycoder.net


Nov
24
answered Is coffee a good excuse for a slow application start-up time?
Nov
22
awarded  Yearling
Mar
28
awarded  Commentator
Mar
28
comment Why shouldn't we use words such as 'here' and 'this' in textlinks?
I came here from an email link and at the top of this page right now it says "Welcome back. Click here to refresh the page, in an extra large font. The irony ;-)
Dec
7
comment Do website visitors return to the homepage once they're inside the site?
@Marjan - agreed - its often used to reset navigation especially where there is complex hierarchy of selections and search terms. I go back to home on Amazon often.
Nov
29
answered What are the User Experience disciplines in the analog world?
Nov
28
awarded  Nice Answer
Nov
24
comment Which colors make you hungry
Its interesting that McDonalds uses just yellow in their logo, but in a lot of the product packaging (e.g. fries carton) makes use of red - I wonder if there is a reason behind that?
Nov
23
answered How do I get users to read error messages?
Nov
23
awarded  Scholar
Nov
23
accepted Is flashing red text a good idea for denoting an active alarm?
Nov
23
awarded  Teacher
Nov
23
answered Which colors make you hungry
Nov
23
revised Is flashing red text a good idea for denoting an active alarm?
results of implementing the suggestions
Nov
23
comment Is flashing red text a good idea for denoting an active alarm?
@BernhardHofmann I have tested flashing the text between two colors 'Red' and the standard text color 'Black', as opposed to 'Red' and the control's background color. Having said that I agree that flashing the background is a great suggestion and am planning to test that as well.
Nov
23
comment Is flashing red text a good idea for denoting an active alarm?
Nice suggestion regarding a growing/contracting icon. In this app there is only these specific two values that are important enough to 'flash', so at least there shouldn't be any chance of the user being overloaded.
Nov
23
comment Is flashing red text a good idea for denoting an active alarm?
Thanks for your comments, I am planning to try a few different options for evaluation including: just blinking the background on/off; a color cycle animation with 1, 2 or 3 intermediate colors between the on/off colors; the same but with a sawtooth pulse; all of the above over different time periods of maybe half a second up to two seconds.
Nov
23
comment Is flashing red text a good idea for denoting an active alarm?
Nice suggestion regarding greying out the other areas of the UI. I'm hoping that whatever flashing method I use will be sufficient to get the operator's attention, who is basically permanently watching the screen while operating the equipment.
Nov
23
awarded  Editor
Nov
23
revised Is flashing red text a good idea for denoting an active alarm?
added some further detail