Debugging messages are for developers/engineers, not for humans (I can say that since I’m a developer). But I can’t believe that it’s 2009 and I still encounter things like the following example… Every time I log into one of my online banking systems, I get a message like the following: This is just intrusive and rude behavior (as Alan Cooper might say). First of all, the message first off tells me when the last unsuccessful attempt was made to access the account… HUH??? Then it tries to be helpful and tell me when the last successful attempt was made. It just makes no sense at all to me why this message exists at all. Why would I ever care about[…]
I just noticed when printing up a document today that my [Windows] HP printer drivers must have been upgraded recently. As a result, the Printing Preferences dialog that used to have an entry entitled “Default Printing” (or something to that effect) now reads “General Everyday Printing,” which, while a little confusing in itself, is a lot less TechnoSpeakish than using “Default…”, since non-software-development professionals don’t generally know that word.
In the spirit of Open Source, I have posted some iPhone Paper Prototyping and Design templates, and you can Download The .Zip File Here. There are two layouts, and both layouts are in PDF and Viso (VSD) formats. Feel free to download and tweak them as needed. Have fun with them! UPDATE: With all the recent activity following the Smashing Magazine article on Wireframing, I’ve added the PDF files on their own, so if you’re viewing this page on an iPhone or other device that doesn’t like .zip files, then you can at least view them. iPhone Wireframe Template (.PDF) iPhone Wireframe Template with Notes (.PDF) Enjoy!
Ummm… OK I know Microsoft is trying to give the illusion of being user friendly and all, but when the delimiter for tags that categorize a post on the ASP.NET developer forums, they chose semicolons. Is it just me or is that a ludicrous choice? Why not a space (my preference – a la delicious) or a comma? In addition, there is no example visible to show you what the legal delimiter is! You have to miraculously divine what it wants, or let it show you what it wants, as I chose to do. To find out what the delimiter is, I had to do the following: Open the “Select Tags…” dialog. Select two (short) tags. (I notice lots of[…]