Usability and Styles

According to Pierre, I’m too ossified to discuss this subject. On the other hand, when Pierre uses the word “usability,” it’s very much like the way Vizzini uses the word “inconceivable” in The Princess Bride, and I’m often moved to quote Inigo Montoya, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what…


Managing Shared Code

Brent Simmons has some thoughts on managing shared code. Those ideas are a good start, the most important being that this code needs to be under some kind of source code management tool, preferably one with good branching/merging facilities. There are a couple of other ideas to keep in mind.  Brent’s further bifurcation of code…


UX Design: Context is Everything

Well, that didn’t take long, did it? My second post after a lengthy hiatus, and I end up on the front page of Daring Fireball. Clearly my talent for stirring the pot hasn’t waned in the least over the past couple of years. I’m also amused at a number of the comments on that post….


John Gruber Makes a Mistake

Over on DaringFireball, John Gruber points out an annoyance he has with icons used for “Save”. Specifically, he doesn’t like the idea of using a floppy disk as the icon, and he, rather snarkily, suggests using “S-a-v-e” to mean “Save”. Couple of problems with this. First, the question is about icons, not labels. In the…


Am I Back?

OK, so Nadyne, after posting a nice article about using PowerPoint on Mac Mojo, spilled the beans, so I suppose I should say something. Though, the fact that I wanted to title a blog post with, “Use the Right Tool for the Job and You won’t become One,” is probably more than ample evidence that I…