Archive - February, 2006

i hate visio

its 6.10pm and I just hit ‘save’ on Visio after a long and productive day.

I’m *sure* I hit save earlier in the day. And, anyway, isn’t there supposed to be autosave and document recovery?

 (you know where i’m heading here, don’t you)

so, as soon as I hit ‘save’, Visio informs me that its had an error and needs to close.

Fair enough, I think, we all have our moments. I wondered how much it would not be able to save and how much I’d have to redo.

I never thought that I’d end up losing the ENTIRE DAY’S WORK.

but yes. that appears to be the case.

we are not amused.

links for 1 February 2006

Here’s some of the pages I’ve tagged on Del.icio.us today.

gmail’s delete button (it’s alarming how quickly habits form!)

eh. I’ve had this thought a few times now so I thought I’d scrawl it down quickly.

I love that Gmail now has a delete button (rather than being obscurely positioned as an option in a dropdown!)

but in the time that i’ve been using Gmail I’ve become so accustomed to using that dropdown, that I still go there first to delete, even though now, I would argue, the delete button is in the correct (intuitive?!) position.

Its amazing how quickly habits form, how easily I’ve ‘learned’ this bizarre placement, how long its taken me to ‘unlearn’ this behaviour (ok, its been about a week or so… still, I’m using it frequently, every day).

there’s something in that for all of us.

*chin scratching*

designing usable search results pages

Today I’ve been thinking about the best way to present search results on a page. For the purposes of this excercise, lets just assume that we have a magnicent search engine that always pulls out the most relevant results in order of relevance for us (yes, I know – it’s a whole other kettle of fish).

Obviously, search is an area where we have a plethora of conventions and standards that we’d be mad to ignore. (eh. I can’t believe I’m linking to Jakob so early in my blogging career!). And yet, I have some questions:

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