Archive: February, 2006

IE7 Review

Overview IE 7 includes a number of new features however I believe this release will do more to send people over to FireFox then it will to bring people from Firefox back to IE. Why? The core features that IE adds are already in Firefox RSS bookmaking Tabbed browsing Better CSS support Built in search […]

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IE 7 PNG support

On the heals of my IE 7 review I took a closer look at the performance issues in IE and it looks like the performance issue I was seeing is heavily tied to the new native PNG support. One of the projects that we (at Raizlabs) are working is a fairly complex AJAX application that […]

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If the IRS was an electric company

I was figuring out some tax things and it struck me how complicated and backwards the tax system is. Imagine if the IRS was an electric company If the IRS was an electric company…You would have to compute your electric bill based on how much electricity you used last year and expected to use next […]

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What the heck is a folksonomy?

In the beginning there was Yahoo. Yahoo categorized web sites into logical groups and categories and it was good. The categories allowed people to navigate and find information using a logical structure but it wasn’t long before this approach started to run into problems. The first problem was that certain web-pages and even certain categories […]

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Icon Overlap

Icons can be a great tool to quickly communicate a simple and familiar function. Many people learn the icons for cut, copy and paste, others are familair with Print or Save. Unfortunately if you go icon-happy you can start to get confused. Here are four icons for different variations of the same idea of coloring […]

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Alphabet Soup

When you present a list of choices to users it should be obvious what order is being used to present the choices. Here’s a dialog from the Open Office team. There are a couple things wrong with this dialog but I’ll concentrate on the list. I was trying to open a Visio file and I […]

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Just Do It or Cancel

I found this facinating story about the OK and Cancel dialog on the original mac. The Folklore website is absolutly facinating and gives a good glimpse into what it’s like to build an operating system. Interestingly, Steve Capps who is mentioned in many of the stories later joined Microsoft where I had the pleasure to […]

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