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This is one of the monitors in a local McDonald’s. Do you notice anything odd about the display? It has been like this since I first came here…

The humble index.html page

In the age of WordPress and other cheap and easy content management systems, we should not forget the humble index.html file. You can build one with nothing more…

$500 census server

QUT students design a $500 cloud-based census server four times better than IBM’s $9 million system. This article about two university students creating a system over a weekend…

Hair-trigger ads UX fail

Yet another user-experience (UX) fail because … advertising! If you are a regular reader of news.com.au on your phone you may have noticed this annoying behaviour: swiping to…

Millennials lack social skills

I have often heard this assertion. Always from an older person. And across cultural and professional strata. This easy dismissal may seem like an immediately obvious truism. This…

Making money in software

Here are four broad approaches to make money in software development today. Let me know if you find them useful. 1. Create and maintain bespoke software for vertical…

It just works

On a whim I connected my Thinkpad USB Traveller keyboard to my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 again recently. I haven’t done this since I bought the USB OTG…

Mobile power

Do you travel with a spare battery for your phone? On the most recent trip to Europe, I used my phone to store travel information like itineraries and…

Credit card customer experience consistency

Many of our customer experiences are amalgamations of services provided by different suppliers. Take for example, the use of a credit card when travelling abroad, like the 28…

Selling game alphas is the ultimate lean

Game companies selling alpha-release (essentially unfinished, work-in-progress) games has to represent the ultimate in lean. More game companies seem to do this. Instead of taking the more conventional,…

Idea banks and the need for curation

This is Bjercke og Eliassen’s idea bank in the National Museum of Architecture in Oslo. Bjercke og Eliassen are Norwegian architects who build many of Oslo’s landmark buildings…

The potential in tools

Looking through an exhibition about Irish silver, I found myself drawn more to the tools (the anvils) especially, than to the finished products. The tools promise infinite potential….

UX lies beyond just the screen

Moving between a brand new Airbus A380 and an elderly Boeing 777 in a single (long) journey, operated by the same airline, provided the perfect opportunity to experience…

Phone loss contingency idea

This is a great travel idea thanks to my local Optus shop. The challenge: How can I continue to have access to my phone account if I were to…

Feeling and Being in UI/UX design

“The fundamental human desire for a feeling of safety and security – even though this feeling may be only indirectly related, at best, to being more safe or…

Dell Venue 8 Pro opportunity missed

Image via Dell. After several months of struggling through growing disappointments with a brand new Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet, I finally returned it (with some relief) after…

Wilful ignorance about the Internet

Why is the government so bent on stuffing up the internet? They don’t understand the technology and: a. Refuse to learn or consult experts. b. Don’t care about…

Why I keep Opera around

I live primarily in Chrome now, even more so since I moved away from using Outlook mail and calendar. So why do I have the Opera browser installed on…

One simple change to increase web form usability

There is a very good reason why we write long numbers as smaller clusters of 2, 3 or 4 numerals separated by spaces. Breaking down long sequences of…

Circular menu done Material Design right

The Google Material Design time picker is a beautiful piece of work. You tap on the hour or minute component of the time to initiate setting the hour…

Electronic note taking FTW

Earlier this year, I found myself at a meeting on the other side of the planet (deliberately) without my laptop. I used my phone to take notes, draw…

Freemind export using XSLT

Export from Freemind to Word outline

If you use Freemind to plan a document before writing it in Word, this is how you export a Freemind map as a Word outline. From the File…

Word outline view

Two must-learn Word features

If you think and write long, structured documents, these are the two features in Microsoft Word you MUST learn. 1. Outline From: Create a document outline in Outline…

guess-or-measure

Real feel vs quantifiable measure

As part of any user experience (UX) design, we need to consider the feel of the service or product for the end user in their use context. Smartphones…

 

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