Privacy Policy Change

I’m doing some testing on Piwik, a Google Analytics alternative for an organization who needs such functionality. While I am not tracking IP addresses or any form of personally identifiable data, please note that for the next few weeks, page views and other similar site usage statistics will be stored for the duration of this…

UI Rant: Stateless Status Bars

So, you know those ‘status’ bars that keep scrolling along but don’t tell you anything useful, including whether or not the process has hung or failed. Yeah, they need to go. Really, what needs to return are status indicators that give the end user some concept of how far along the process is, even if…

Beware your biases…and how they’re being reinforced

Go and read these two articles. I’ll wait. http://lifehacker.com/how-sites-like-google-and-facebook-put-you-in-political-1787659102 http://lifehacker.com/this-graphic-explains-20-cognitive-biases-that-affect-y-1730901381 Did you read them both? Good. Now go read them again. I’ll wait.   Did you read them a second time? Half of you didn’t, and the other half didn’t read them the first time, so I’ll summarize. The first article describes the fact that…

The Zombie Cable Box

I’m almost certain that none of my readers have any interest whatsoever in my cable box project, but I had a development this weekend. I’d love to be running MythTV, but since Cablevision insists on putting the Copy Once flag on about 2/3 of the channels I get, so that’s not practical for me (I…

Cynicism

I get accused of being a cynic. A lot. There’s definitely a level of truth to it. Yesterday, I was at 7-11, and there was a sign that I could use the mobile app to pay bills with cash. This seemed like an interesting and helpful tool (I frequently receive cash from clients), but I…

…and you thought photography didn’t involve math

10 Myths About the Rule of Thirds   A well written article arguing against the standard “rule of thirds” being the go-to standard for photographic composition, and instead arguing for things like “a┬áRoot 4 Rectangle with its Basic Armature (two diagonals, four reciprocals, horizontals and verticals)”. My head is spinning, but it’s got lots of…

Minor Differences

“Let it rain” is a common lyric in worship songs, where we petition the Lord to make His will known, and His blessings evident. “Make it rain” is what rappers do in strip clubs to flaunt their wealth by quickly dispersing stacks of bills.   Words matter.

My first rant…

Whoever designed Sonicwall devices, and thought they were a good idea, needs to spend a year in Gitmo. After that, they need to go back to first grade for a year…but with an old-school Catholic nun with a ruler in her hand and a trigger finger. Once they graduate from first grade again, they must…

#ThrowbackFriday

Why thirteen-year-olds shouldn’t be allowed on the internet: I NEED CHANNELWOOD HELP!!!!! I STILL NEED CHANNELWOOD HELP!!! And yes, that thirteen-year-old was me. This, dear readers (all four of you) was me, on Usenet, back in 1999. At the time, my dad and I shared an e-mail address, and Outlook Express for Windows 95 was…

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