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Month: October 2012

A New Host? (Maybe Not)

It’s such a pain to move to a new host.  DNS changes.  Import/Export of WordPress. Debugging.  New security.  Redirects. Let’s face it, it’s a huge hassle, so I need to have exhausted all my options. Despite the fact that I am pissed off at BlueHost for not having a faster server for me, I am trying to make it work.  Their suggestion from them was to reduce the number of plugins.  I reviewed them all and realized that I could safely remove many of the plugins I had accrued over the years.  I used to have 34 plugins and now I have…

A New Host Maybe?

I have been feeling for quite some that the performance of my blog was dragging.  I just implemented a new plugin to do caching and it seems to help a little.  However, the internal tool, where I type and do publishing is slow as well.  Obviously, I want things to be speedy. For the last 6+ years I have been a BlueHost.com customer.  They are cheap and had what I needed, so I didn’t complain.  The previous host Lunarpages.com was a nightmare.  Things went down and the UI was awful.  They may have improved, but they lost my business forever.…

The UX of Fairness

Take a look at this fascinating 1 minute video. How can a little monkey like that have such an immediate and intense reaction to something that is unfair?  We clearly have a fairness gene.  Something in our brains that reacts strongly to this sort of situation.  The little monkey is the 99%! How many different reactions are just “built-in”?  This is the kind of thing UX is all about.  How are our brains wired and what can we do to design experiences that make people really happy?  This makes me wonder about gamification and other systems that pit users against one…

The UX of Running for President

It’s like you are on camera 24/7.  When do you have time to make a mistake?  When can you daze off or pick your nose?  When can you say to someone “You are an asshole”? and then come back later and say you are sorry?  It’s a non-stop, never-make-a-mistake business.  It’s amazing that people want to put themselves through that. As human beings, we need time to screw up.  We need time to relax.  How can you relax when cameras are on you 100% of the time?  The world is changing and going forward, not backward.  This will only get…

The UX of Online Help

Go to any computer program you use on a daily or weekly basis. Find the online help.  Next, find an article in the middle, something fairly obscure, but something you are aware of.  (Not an edge case, but not a “overview” either).  Read it.  No seriously, slow down and read every word.  I know you didn’t actually do it because I didn’t either.  It’s too painful.  My eyes start to gloss over in just a few seconds. OK, I just did it for Chrome, because I am in Chrome right now. I forced myself.  I clicked Help, got to a…

LinkedIn Endorse vs Recommend

One feature I like about LinkedIn is how you can write a recommendation for someone. Basically, you sing their praises and it ends up on their profile. I have 36 recommendations for me and 58 recommendations I have written for others. Writing recommendations for excellent people makes me feel good and I think does a public service. The key element of a recommendation is that it takes time. You have to think and take the time to write.  Therefore, the value of the recommendation is higher because it is not trivial to do.  That time builds up a modicum of…