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Ajax Event Calendar WordPress Plugin


Plugin Sold to AppSumo


This May, I sold ownership of the WordPress Ajax Event Calendar plugin to AppSumo; they have taken over maintenance and support via the WordPress forum. (more…)

Ajax Event Calendar Exceeds 31,000 Downloads


The Ajax Event Calendar WordPress plugin surpasses 31,000 downloads in just four months since its release.   (more…)

Ajax Event Calendar Plugin for WordPress


I am pleased to announce the recent release of the Ajax Event Calendar plugin for WordPress.   (more…)

Book Review: Raving Fans


In this quick read, co-authors Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles begin by establishing that “Satisfied customers just aren’t good enough.”   (more…)

Combat Information Overload with Crowd-sourcing


If you’re an information junkie like me, you have over 60 RSS feeds in Google Reader, and are tired of staying up late to keep up with the ever-growing mountain of new technology trends before they become irrelevant.   (more…)

Right Turns to Wrong Conclusions


Consider the following…

You’re driving in an urban setting from Point A to Point B.  Assume reaching your destination requires turning both left and right at intersections, but you’re only permitted to make right turns. You might think that restriction wastes fuel – you would be wrong.  But we’ll get back to that in a moment. (more…)

Missed Connections


LinkedIn has released a nifty connection map visualization,  with the intent of providing greater insight into your professional network.  Unfortunately, how people input company name in their profile can create erroneous clustering and skew your results. (more…)

Book Review: How to Make Ideas Stick


According to Jared Spool there are Five indispensable skills for a UX Mastery, among them are presenting and storytelling.  The book by Chip and Dan Heath, How to Make Ideas Stick, squarely focuses on optimizing these skills.  (more…)

On the Dark Side of Usability


When a user interface “tries to offload as much ‘trivial’ mechanical thinking as possible to the machine,” it can produce negative results”. (more…)

The Perception of Waiting


A single checkout line distributed to multiple clerks experiences fewer delays, yet we perceive that when organized in parallel lines, checkout is faster. (more…)

A Shady Opt-Out


Today I received an unexpected birthday greeting from my car dealership, unexpected because it’s not my birthday. I was prepared to dismiss it as a simple data entry error, but then the call concluded with another surprise, a dark pattern opt-out. (more…)

Book Review: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team


A firm believer in not reinventing the wheel, this post is simply a few footnotes to a rather comprehensive review by Christopher Cummings to encourage fence-sitters to seek out Patrick Lencioni’s The Five Dysfunctions of a Team(more…)

Naview: Create and Test Navigation Prototypes


With Naview you can create and test navigation structures without writing any code. Test your prototypes with usability tasks you create, and use the results of quantitative user click-through metrics to identify opportunities information architecture modification.

As with Wirify, this service is provided by Australian company, Volkside.

Wirify: Wireframing Bookmarklet


Wirify is a bookmarklet that lets you turn any web page into a wireframe in one click. (more…)

Coke Freestyle


Recently while having lunch at Cosi, I noticed they had modernized the beverage area with a Coca-Cola Freestyle fountain drink dispenser.  Some research revealed that these dispensers have been around for more than a year, but this was the first time I’d heard of, let alone seen one – clearly I lead a sheltered life. (more…)

CR-48: The Hardware


This brief review covers the major user experience problems I encountered using the CR-48 Chromebook prototype. (more…)

Inspired by a Surprise Package


Yesterday I arrived home to discover an unexpected package.   That I had signed-up a week prior to participate in the Chrome OS pilot program hadn’t crossed my mind; I received no indication that I had been selected. (more…)