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PoEditor.com – online free software translation tool

Posted: August 24th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

I would like you to check out PoEditor. It’s an online tool for translating software. It supports .po & .pot files, exports .mo binary files. Works with xls files too. It’s free, collaborative and very very useful for a software internalization process.


And the prize for the most idiotic interface goes to…

Posted: March 16th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Usability fail | Tags: | 5 Comments »

phpMyAdmin.

Bonus,


Effective computing sneak peak from interaction-design.org

Posted: January 12th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Here.


Edit option in Google Forums

Posted: January 10th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Usability fail | Tags: , | No Comments »

google_forums

You can edit your post. Actually you cannot, you can delete it though.


Take on the new iPhone’s FaceTime

Posted: June 8th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Random thoughts | Tags: , , | 4 Comments »

News Flash, europeans have front faced cameras on their phones and videocalls (everywhere there is 3G) for years now. And no, they are not using those.

I tested vedeocalls twice when they first appeared a few years ago and that was it, never again. It’s simply useless.


Windows icon selection fail

Posted: April 12th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Usability fail | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

I ran into a usability fail that has to exist from windows 3.1.

Windows arranges it’s icons/shortcuts/files on desktop column by column. But if you select them with SHIFT (multiple select), it selects them line by line :) .

If you arrange icons by type and you want to delete the pictures, you cannot do that by selecting them with SHIFT from first to last.

Since I use windows for ages and not realized this until now, i don’t think it bothers people, but still… interesting find.


Simple things

Posted: January 22nd, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Usability fail | Tags: | 3 Comments »

Let’s take one dead simple thing we all use every day: the bathroom light switch. The majority of the houses (or am I wrong?) have this switch outside the bathroom, and if the door has no glass it’s kind of hard to see if the light is on or off in the bathroom.

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Put on that piece of plastic some paint and you’ll have a perfectly usable switch:

light-switch-2


Drag & Drop on the web

Posted: January 13th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Patterns, Usability fail | Tags: , , , , | 3 Comments »

For God’s sake, if you use it, please offer an alternative.

This the “add to playlist” Grooveshark system:

grooveshark_drag

Very neat, clean. Unfortunately, if you don’t already know that’s how you do it, you have absolutely no hint to help you guess how you add a damn song to a damn playlist:

grooveshark_hint

Yeah, i asked a fiend who found out from another friend of his. That’s not usability, Grooveshark.


Amazing lookup feature on NYTimes Blogs

Posted: November 2nd, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Good practices, Patterns | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

I was reading One Hundred Things Restaurant Staffers Should Never Do on a NY Times blog and i had no idea what the heck “amuse-bouche” is. I selected the word so I can copy and google it.

The instance I selected the text a question mark appeared. Yeah, I don’t know what’s that. I click on the question mark and it opens a popup with a dictionary lookup on the word.

lookup_word

OH, how natural this was!!!

PS: Turns out the “amuse-bouche” is some kind of appetizer.


So wrong on so many levels

Posted: October 19th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Patterns, Usability fail | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

I have update the “All in one seo pack” for wordpress and it insisted that i update the configuration page. I went and checked the page an this is what i have found:

seopack

It amazes me how awful is this form made, I think it’s deliberately made so you fuck up. Let’s see why:

1. the “Reset” option in on the right. (I’m not saying the submit must be on the right, but it’s the most common that way)
2. the “Reset” button is bigger and has the same design as the “Update” button. That and 1. makes it most likely to be pressed first
3. both buttons have the same design, hence they are equally important? i don’t think so, the call to action button must be the “update” button. Keep in mind that “Reset” is a destructive action.
4. what’s with the “>>” ? the arrows on the first button point to the second, which kindda’ makes the second the call to action, but the arrows on the second? there’s no extra step, there’s only a form.