Category: Windows

Faster Numerical Entry

People enter numbers into computers all the time. Most keyboard even have two numeric pads, one on the right and one above the keys. It interesting to note that the number-pad has the opposite orientation then a telephone number pad but that’s a whole separate post. I started thinking about numerical entry and if there […]

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Windows XP SP2 UI Critique

Windows XP Service pack 2 includes more than bug fixes. This service pack has a number of new concepts, and UI changes that users should be aware of. Some of the changes are aesthetic and some are functional. With this service pack Microsoft has taken a harder stance on security and although this may go some distance to appease […]

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Multi-PC single user experience

In a one PC home it’s easy to keep a consistent user experience. Simply set up the welcome screen and Fast User Switching with multiple user accounts in windows XP and all your apps files and settings are there. But as soon as you have two PC’s this experience breaks down. My file that I […]

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3D Interface Design for dummies

The first dimension was the command line. The second dimension was windowed interfaces. Every two or three months someone decides that it’s time for the third dimension with a revolutionary 3D application that claims that it will change the way we will use applications forever. This month it’s this 3D interface a few months before […]

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Never Reboot my computer

Software should never reboot a computer. I don’t care what files are copied or what DLL’s are moved. I don’t care what registry keys you changed or what drivers are installed. I don’t want software to ever reboot my computer. It drives me crazy when a program thinks it’s so important that I should stop […]

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Coffee and Keyboards

My sister was drinking coffee and typing on her laptop one day when she knocked her coffee over and it spilled all over her keyboard. The coffee started dripping between the keys and in a desperate leap to save both the laptop and the paper she was working on she started blotting the keyboard with […]

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More on software installations

The system folder on my computer has 4GB of stuff in it. It’s impossible to tell what’s needed and what isn’t. In a default installation of Windows there is little control over where a program can output data, what files can be read and written or how often the program can connect to the internet. […]

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Permission Denied – Dead end UI

Anyone who has ever tried to share a computer file between two computers has probably seem the ‘permission denied’ dialog. This is what I call a ‘dead-end-dialog.’ The dialog informs you of a problem but doesn’t help you solve it. “xyz is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact […]

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Twas the night before meltdown

Twas a night such as this one and all through the office, Not a creature was stirring, not even the bosses. The servers were hung on the blue screen with care, In hopes that the updates soon would be there. The employees were nestled away from their cubes, While strange infomercials danced on their tubes. […]

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Dangerous Features

Dangerous Features This is a screenshot of the menu bar in office being docked to the left side of the window. You may ask, why would someone want to do that? The short answer is that they probably wouldn’t. The long answer may have something to do with Far East languages that read top to […]

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