HP printer driver gets subtle usability upgrade

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.

iPhone Wireframe Templates for Sketching

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.

Enjoy!

ASP.NET Forum Tags: Semicolons as Separators?

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:

  1. Open the “Select Tags…” dialog.
  2. Select two (short) tags. (I notice lots of other folks thought that a space would be a logical delimiter too…!)
  3. Close the dialog.
  4. Oops. Closing the dialog didn’t populate the text box with my selections. Awesome.
  5. Trying again… Open the “Select Tags…” dialog.
  6. Select two (short) tags, this time at the end of the list where I notice OK and Cancel buttons (yes – you heard that right. The buttons are embedded in the list itself… and at the bottom of the list, no less! They’re not on the dialog “window.”)
  7. Click OK.
  8. Observe that text box has the new selections delimited by semicolons.

The auto-populating text box is another usability nightmare deserving of its own article, but I’ll let someone else write that one up. 😉

User-Friendly Nissan – Now with Wi-Fi!

I have always dreaded going to my local Nissan dealer (Northbay Nissan, Petaluma, CA) for service in the morning before work, since it was like being in an information vacuum since they did not have wireless for their customers (isn’t this 2009????).

However that has now changed. I went in this morning and lo and behold… the “Would you like to connect to ‘Nissan Customer'” message appears when I opened up my laptop (expecting dead air)!

So this is great news, and they have yet again proved their superiority in my opinion – from the usability in their cars to the usability now in their lobby!