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Month: March 2012

Gas is too expensive

I want an electric car. This is ridiculous.  The picture below is me after paying.

Enter to Exit

What kind of crazy designer thought this was a good idea?  (Screen of an ATM machine I was using) Press Enter to Exit.  It’s like Windows 95-Windows Vista: Press Start to Shut Down. I don’t ask alot.  Just make sense.  They had buttons for Yes and No on the pad.  Why not say, “Exit Now? Press Yes”.  Bad Designer…bad!

Perfect work or Proud of your work

Perfect work.  100%.  Every detail polished. You look at Apple products and this sort of precision and attention to detail is obvious.  Steve Jobs was a master at the details and he created a company that will carry on (hopefully) his legacy.  For Steve, there was very little gap between a perfect product and one that he was proud of.  100% for perfect and maybe 99% for proud. (Maybe not even that.) For me, there is a gap.  If I wasn’t proud of the work we ship, I would be unhappy all of the time.  I don’t want to be…

Fundamental Attribution Error

Pyschology and UX are very closely related.  How do people act?  What do they think?  How do they decide?  To be a great UX Designer, you must understand human psychology as a core aspect of your craft.  One interesting psychological phenomenon is called Fundamental Attribution Error.  Take the following two examples: If you are late for an appointment, you might drive quicker or a little less conservative.  You wouldn’t say you are a bad driver, but rather the situation demanded a modification of your behavior.  However, if you see a driver in front of you driving too fast or change…

The UX of the Mac Mini (My First Mac)

I bought two iPod Shuffle mp3 players for my kids.  While in the store, I looked at the program GarageBand.  It was pretty slick.  In addition to learning tutorials on piano and guitar, it had real artist lessons on their songs.  Sting taught you guitar for Roxanne, Alex Lifeson taught guitar on Spirit of the Radio.  It was cool. Coincidentally, we have been wanting to get an additional computer for the house.  Too much homework and not enough places to work.  I went out on a limb…I bought my first Mac.  It was a tough decision, because Macs are more…

Beta on My Laptop & My Phone

I just installed the latest Windows 8 on my Samsung Series 9 laptop.  Much better than last version.  I am still not a fan of Metro and I think the UI took a step backwards in many ways, but still an improvement from the previous disaster.  The process was pretty smooth, except that it did a clean install rather than upgrade the existing system.  Installing all new programs is really a pain in the ass. Recently, I saw someone with the new Samsung Note smartphone.  I took a picture of my holding it.  It’s the most awesome phone I have ever…