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David “Tale” Lawrence
Works at Akamai Technologies
Attended Kittatinny Regional High School
Lived in Paulinskill Lake, NJ
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DNS Geek
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I howl at the moon about bad user experiences
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  • Akamai Technologies
    2005 - present
  • Nominum
    1999 - 2005
  • Internet Software Consortium
    1997 - 1999
  • UUNET Technologies
    1992 - 1997
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Paulinskill Lake, NJ - Troy, NY - North Chatham, NY - Reston, VA - Fair Lakes, VA - Arlington, VA - Underhill Ctr, VT - Middlesex, VT
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  • Kittatinny Regional High School
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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Tale, Dave Lawrence, David C Lawrence

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"You deserve the best. And right now you are not getting it. 
Our site has been optimized for Internet Explorer (9.0 and above) and Firefox. We noticed you are using something else. We suggest switching for the best possible experience."

It's 2016.  Lrn2UX and knock this ridiculousness off.
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"You deserve the best. But we can't actually be bothered. So fuck you, it's your problem."
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Is it just me, or does anyone else find in Windows Update that the Details link which pops up a box that doesn't actually have details to be a bit useless?  It does have a link to More Info which then launches a web browser, but it could have just done that directly.  Telling me there are details at the first link when there really aren't is just not a good experience.  While we're at it, it'd also be more helpful if they didn't hide the update size behind the Details link.
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I generally have to google the update name/number to get any useful info.
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A salient article by Norman and Tog about the unfortunate decline in usability in Apple products.  Seriously, why are we regressing? 
For years, Apple followed user-centered design principles. Then something went wrong.
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i need to know that the source code has been seen by a larger population of programmers than apple shares OS/X with. so, no dice.
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It is a bit frustrating that I can't seem to enter 12:30am for 11/1 into Google Calendar.  For some reason it gets turned into 11:30pm on 10/31.  WTF Google?  Does this have something to do with Daylight Saving Time nonsense?  I've even set the correct timezone to Japan, which does not observe DST.
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Gotta love the Facebook/Twitter mobile integration, where rotating your phone to portrait to view a portrait photo larger (because pinch zoom is stupidly blocked) actually results in a smaller picture.
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It'd be cool if the IMDB page for an animated feature put an illustration of the character next to the actor's portrait.
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Facebook Messenger on your phone really should be smart enough to understand when you've read messages on your desktop.  The desktop knows.  The Facebook app groks when you've seen other notifications.  It really shouldn't be that hard to remedy.  Just another wonderful Internet UX fail.
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It usually works on iOS, and Messenger App for Facebook on the Mac stays reasonably in sync, too.

There have been some hiccoughs lately, however.
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Current campaign by Vermont's Agency of Transportation.
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Tennessee DOT has the same message.
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You'd think that searching for "outdoor extension cord" on Amazon would show you, you know, extension cords that are rated for outdoor use.   Or, since indoor versus outdoor rating  is a principal attribute of extension cords, that it would be a selectable limitation in the lefthand menu that lets you narrow a search.

Alas, neither of these expectations bears fruit.
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This is why, for computer-ish things, I always loved NewEgg's product selection menus. Even if they didn't have the best price, the ability to actually find what I was looking for sold the deal. Some other websites are catching up; but they are a perplexing minority. If your business is about selling, please help us know that you actually have a clue about what it is you are selling, by making that knowledge up front.
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Welcome to my latest suspicious new Google+ follower, "+Gifty Icing".
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Icing is a proud Borogravian name. Why do you hate Borogravians?
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Google Calendar thinks that "0545" is p.m.  I normally enter all my times using a 24hr format clock.  While it recognizes 13 to 23 just fine, there is apparently no way to unambiguously indicate a.m. times using just digits.
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web developers seem to have a terrible time understanding how to normalize input, even when they try to validate it with tons of javascript.
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The joys of of speech-to-text can give you a completely different message than intended.  Received message:

"This is Akamai's Emergency Notification System.  Please stand by for an important message.  Power has been restored to the 1 Kendall Square facility.  Akamai employees are now permitted to return to their workstations.  Goodbye."

As converted in Verizon's voicemail-to-text  (which does not have copy-and-paste or forward functionality ... seriously?  Come ON UI/UX people):

"This is Aqua emergency notification system. Please standby for an important message.  Powers been restored to the one candle square facility.  My employees are not permitted to return to their work stations.  Goodbye."

Ignoring the relatively minor issues of "Akamai"->"Aqua" and "1 Kendall"->"one candle", the meaning of that penultimate sentence is really quite different.
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