Follow on Google+ Too…

Nearly two weeks ago, Google+ launched Pages, a version of a person profile for non-people. (Google does know the Supreme Court deemed corporations people too, right? So corporations should have a person profile.) Companies desiring a social media presence have created a page in addition to their Facebook pages, Tumblr, and Twitter accounts. Over the… Continue reading Follow on Google+ Too…

Quarter the 2006 Price in 5 Years

I love it when I run across a prediction about the time of the deadline. Jakob Nielsen made one on November 20, 2006 that computers will be 1/4th their current price of $379 in five years. Five years later is November 20, 2011. That is today! In areas like North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia’s advanced countries,… Continue reading Quarter the 2006 Price in 5 Years

Open Letter to UX Designers

Do not move things right before I click on them. Windows this means you. Opening up a new window steals focus from my mouse to the new one. Opening a new window when I did not explicitly request it and while I am typing or navigating something in order to do something critical infuriates me. Facebook this… Continue reading Open Letter to UX Designers

OpenSSL Handshake

One of the questions we ask our clients initiating an engagement to help them setup external authentication from our LMS to their server is, “What is the certificate authority for your SSL certificate?” We have been burned by people purchasing certificates from authorities Java does not support. (And the support is indeed limited compared to say,… Continue reading OpenSSL Handshake

Black Box Magic

With a black box system a person working with it sees what goes in and what comes out. The machine’s decision making process is obfuscated. Theories are made based on incomplete evidence on the behavior. More data points on more situations confirming the behavior is my way of being more comfortable the theory is correct. Sometimes… Continue reading Black Box Magic

Trash Can PSA

Public Service Announcement: Just like documents you place in a physical trash for safe keeping may disappear overnight, do not put emails you may need to keep your email client’s trash can folder. (No, this did not happen to me. Just saw a user’s rant.)

Murmuration

This spectacular video by Sophie Windsor Clive features starlings gathering in interesting patterns. Murmuration from Sophie Windsor Clive on Vimeo. A chance encounter and shared moment with one of natures greatest and most fleeting phenomena.