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Month: May 2015

Buffer Overflow

In computer security and programming, a buffer overflow, or buffer overrun, is an anomaly where a program, while writing data to a buffer, overruns the buffer’s boundary and overwrites adjacent memory locations. This is a special case of the violation of memory safety. I use it for human thinking as well. I say it when I have too much going on in my head and details start leaking. I start forgetting things. Additionally, when this happens, I start acting less likeable. Some might even say that I am intolerable in these circumstances. I tend to agree. It’s pretty bad being…

The UX of the Asus Zenwatch

I love my Asus Zenwatch and use it all the time. The best use case: My phone (Nexus 6) rings in my pocket. It buzzes my wrist and I look at the watch.  I see a picture of the caller and their name.  I can swipe left (answer) or right (voicemail). This simple interaction is so much more pleasant than taking out my phone to do the same thing. It doesn’t save THAT much time, but it is much more usable and elegant. Second, it is stylish. I like the way it looks. It’s got swag. It’s not thick like…

Don’t Link the Word “Here”

I see it constantly. It’s a bad practice and I wish people would stop. Stahp! Bad: See our great content about marketing here. Better: See our great content about marketing. Reasons Google uses the link text as a hint to good keywords someone would use to find it. The word “here” isn’t something people search for. The link is small and hidden when it’s on the word here. 4 letters, versus 26 in the longer version. The underline is actually a great affordance for clicking. Make the affordance on the actual word they are interested in. It’s not hard to do.…

The UX of 404 Page not found

There are tons of great 404 page designs out there. However, most applications ignore this important page. It’s a chance to show creativity and humor. Don’t be so serious. We only get one life, maybe you should try to make people smile a bit more. Here is the one I designed for the Marketo application 404. I am an agent of creativity and humor. Not everyone is good at it, but most people appreciate it when they experience it.    

Product Idea: Memium (Meme IM)

I thought of a great app idea, free to anyone who wants to build it. It’s an instant messenger but instead of text, you can ONLY send memes. No emoji, no text. Just memes! This is the next billion dollar app. Forget Yo and WhatsApp. It’s time for Memium! A guy on my team said that there could be a paid version, Premium Memium! Obviously the initial version is the Freemium Memium. Sometimes, I astound myself with the good ideas I have. You don’t like it? Well what is your app idea? UPDATE: I realized that some memes need text.…