· Jul 25, 2014 at 10:41 am
My goal this week has been to only enter odd numbers when using the microwave.
My success rate has been “not too shabby.”
· Jul 25, 2014 at 7:28 am
I like Daylight Saving Time, and the advantages it brings more than make up for the slight disruption in my schedule. In fact, the most annoying thing to me about the DST changeovers is hearing people complain about them. The “lost hour of sleep” is especially rich. Who are these hothouse flowers who always get exactly the same amount of sleep except for that terrible day in March? To hear them talk, you’d think they never stay up late watching a movie or reading a book. Only prisoners have such regimented lives.
· Jul 23, 2014 at 8:42 am
Captchas are those scrambled words and box that some websites force you to deal with in order to complete their forms. Developers use them because they help stop the spambots from filling up their databases and email queues with junk data.
Why are they stupid? Because they shift the spambot problem away from the developers and onto the visitors.
The thing is — it’s not the visitor’s problem. It’s not my problem. It’s your problem and you, as a developer, should deal with it. I don’t care if you’re using my captcha response to digitize books or provide water for kids in Africa. Visitors shouldn’t be at the mercy of high-and-mighty developers who’d rather tinker with their controllers and models and database schemas. I’ve been witness and victim to too many lazy backend developers who unloaded their problems onto other people.
Developers: figure it out.
I know what you’re thinking — Facebook, Google, Twitter — the big boys all use them. Try this thinking instead: your users. Anything that stands in the way of an awesome experience that lands on my desk gets an automatic veto. It doesn’t matter if it adds another day or another week to the project. I don’t care about your development hurdles, I care about generating revenue and 100% of the time that depends on user experience.
The visitor interaction of whatever software you’re developing is what counts. Visitors fill out your forms because they want to interact with you, and more likely your boss. Capturing their data, making that process as simple as possible, that’s more important than not capturing the spambot’s.
· Jul 18, 2014 at 9:51 am
Prosecutors say that Congress, the Drug Enforcement Administration and other federal agencies warned FedEx for nearly a decade that their shipping services were being used to illegally distribute drugs like oxycodone and hydrocodone. However, prosecutors say, the largest cargo company in the world ignored the notices.
A decade of warnings before taking action? Sounds like me.