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Category: User Interface

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May 8, 2008

Dungbeetle.

It was tough keeping this under wraps for so long, but the project I have been working on for the past six months was finally released last week. The longer we worked on it, the more impatient we became about letting everyone in on the story. A handful of people probably managed to pick up … Read the rest of this item

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October 26, 2006

The new webmail, man.

Apple unveiled a revamped .Mac webmail today. As expected, it’s chock full of delicious Ajaxy goodness and mimics quite a bit of the functionality of their desktop Mail application. The .Mac Address Book gets a swift kick in the interface as well. I’ve documented some of the major changes in this Flickr photoset. The best … Read the rest of this item

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December 1, 2003

By your command.

Mad props to Phil Dokas who managed to absolve me of one more niggling OS X quirk that had been stuck in my craw. He pointed to this handy tip on how to reinstate Command-N as the default keyboard shortcut for creating a new folder. The beautiful thing about this tip is that it doesn’t … Read the rest of this item

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May 20, 2003

Got time for a date?

Thanks to this slightly dated thread over at Mac OS X Hints and a brief refresher on standard Unix date and time formatting, I now have the day and date alongside the time in my menubar clock. Gosh, I’m feeling positively Now Utilities all over again. Why simple things like this have been left out … Read the rest of this item

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May 20, 2003

Pixel imperfect.

Since I first mentioned how I was tinkering with various OS X Finder settings to customize the views, I’ve had a few requests from viewers wanting to know what my windows looked like using 9 point aliased fonts. I’m reasonably happy with how the text labels look on the desktop, but the list and column … Read the rest of this item

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May 16, 2003

Blogger & Safari kiss and make up.

I received an email from Jason Sutter regarding my complaint that I couldn’t use Safari to post to Blogger. Since Jason works on Bloggerish things over at Google, he probably knows what the heck he’s talking about. Proving my assumption, he passed along a little trick that forces Blogger to work with pretty much any … Read the rest of this item

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October 15, 2002

The department of redundancy department.

Ah, what wondrously cryptic dispatches lie just beneath the surface of modern software. Not only is the phrase “Portable Document Format File Format” a fine example of descriptive over-exuberance (not unlike the Beach Boys tune which waxes lyrical on the populous fashion of wearing huarache sandals), but I find the whole idea of having an … Read the rest of this item

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March 23, 2001

Got Fonts?

In the earlier releases of Mac OS X, there was a curious little fellow that lived in the Fonts panel called the “Buy Fonts” button. A few eyebrows were raised and collective mumblings were shared between onlookers of the typographic variety, and then the “Buy Fonts” button quietly slid out of view and out of … Read the rest of this item

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February 8, 2001

Click where?

Tales from a close call with web page personalization. Epicor sent me a flyer promoting their eFrontOffice software with a custom url that embedded my full name into the subdomain. That’s sort of cool, but it wasn’t the part of the experience that impressed me. It was the following message that greeted me at the … Read the rest of this item

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December 29, 2000

Lost and found.

Useful “Page Not Found” Error Pages If you’re even the slightest bit concerned about the experience viewers have when visiting your humble excuse for a site, take heed. The last thing some poor, unsuspecting sod should ever see is a 404 message. No matter how careful you’ve been to redirect obsolete pages, support ancient, if … Read the rest of this item

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