- On intuitiveness… (2017-02-24)
I have a problem with the overused term and concept of “intuitive.” I don’t think “intuitive” is itself intuitive. So here are some quick redefinitions of my UI/UX checklist:
Is the interaction obvious? (probability of successful interaction [p] = essentially 100%)
If not, can it be made obvious?
Is there a clear affordance to the interaction? (p >= 90%)
If not, can it have a clear affordance?
Is there a statistically significant probability of getting the expected outcome from the interaction?
- DIY Home NAS Adventures (2016-12-11)
I’ve been wanting to build my own NAS for some time now. My home network has become littered with various hard drive enclosures in various RAID setups attached to various computing boxen by various connection protocols, and I only foresee it becoming more so unless I do something about it. And the prebuilt boxen offered by Synology, QNAP, Drobo, etc. don’t offer the flexibility and defenses against bit-rot that I require.
- Setting up the RTC on an ODROID C2 running Arch Linux (2016-12-08)
The Hardkernel wiki page for the ODROID C2 RTC shield is mostly specific to Ubuntu and Android. Here’s a quick update if you’re using Arch Linux ARM.
Install community/dtc to get fdtput. sudo pacman -S dtc Enable the RTC shield in the device tree. NOTE that this should all be on one line as one command. sudo fdtput -t s /boot/dtbs/meson64_odroidc2.dtb \ /i2c@c1108500/pcf8563@51 status "okay" Load the Amlogic i2c kernel module.
- John’s Rules of IA/IxD (2016-11-03)
Make it obvious. If you can’t make it obvious, then make it intuitive. If you can’t make it intuitive, then set up the scenario and lightly guide the user.
- Disengaged or Decisive Moment? (2013-12-24)
(I originally posted this on Facebook, but felt it made a good posting here on my blog as well.)
I just watched the Apple “Misunderstood” ad for the first time. Very touching.
Interestingly, Facebook then suggested Forbes’ article critical of the ad.
While I agree with the general statement that smartphone users seem to be more engaged with their digital lives than their real lives, I actually disagree with the Forbes article on this one.