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jQuery UI 1.5

jQuery has just released version 1.5 of their user interface module called “jQuery UI”.  Maybe not the most snazzy of names, however, the module is a major leap forward for web developers and application developers.  You can see the details at http://ui.jquery.com although the high interest has crash the server, I think.  I can’t wait to try it out. 🙂 The blog post is extremely well written and gives a...

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Women!

Women!  Am I right?  yes, I am right. Typically, I don’t find this sort of thing amusing, but this one really made me laugh. It made me think of Katie.  She has so much crap around the house that I look at and think, “We don’t need this!  Seriously, we don’t need this.”  So I throw it away and she gets this look on her face like, “You hurt me...

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FreeCreditReport.com

I can’t get this commercial out of my head. Make it stop.

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The UX of Firefox 3 (RC)

Mozilla just posted a Release Candidate of Firefox 3.  I had installed a beta a while back but things have changed much.  The browser doesn’t crash on me anymore, but more importantly, everything that uses JavaScript launches twice as fast.  Gmail is really zippy.  So is Marketo.  EXT apps are wiked fast.  I am very pleased. The big back button on the top left is a nice design feature.  In...

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The Office (US v UK)

The Office is a funny show. Started in the UK, it has since been redone for a US audience. I have been watching both on Netflix through the web. There is a fascinating difference. In the UK BBC version, the main character David Brent (Ricky Gervais) is a total dick. There is nothing likable about him. He is rude and obnoxious. He will spread rumors because he doesn’t like someone....

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The UX of Virgin America

First of all, Virgin America’s website kicks ass.  It blew my mind.  I put in the origination and the destination and it gave me the lowest prices that day and several days ahead and behind.  That clued me in to the right day I should fly to save literally thousands of dollars.  The UI was spectacular, the graphic design was professional and slick, the information architecture was logical and intuitive...

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The UX of Product Management

What is the difference between User Experience Design and Product Management?  Additionally, should product management come out of the marketing department or the engineering department?  This issues are coming to the fore recently at work as we start to mature our process and organization. I have seen it both ways. Both ways are bad.  Reporting to marketing leads to a disconnect with the engineering realities.  Reporting to engineering results in...

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The UX of Voting

Great article on the psychology of voting.  This is exactly how you have to be thinking about your web applications.  Drill down deep into the mind.

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Refactor, Rebuild, Restructure.

There is a product development philosophy that I strongly believe in, especially for the Software-As-Service world (a.k.a. Extranet).  I call that philosophy the “Pendulum”.  The pendulum oscillates between features and quality in a product.  A feature is a new thing that the product should do.  Quality is a catch-all for improving the performance, removing bugs, and getting rid of crusty, dead code. ALl too often the pendulum is stuck all...

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CSS Preload Images

This is an interesting technique for preloading graphics. Resources: One here. This guy originated it, but it’s pulled down now. #preloadedImages { width: 0px; height: 0px; display: inline; background-image: url(path/to/image1.gif); background-image: url(path/to/image2.gif); background-image: url(path/to/image3.gif); background-image: url(path/to/image4.gif); background-image: url(); } This is much easier than using JS to do it. I need to experiment with it more.

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