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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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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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Is there any add-on for any browser which changes the default behaviour of what happens when an display element loads above where the pane has already been scrolled to?  What I mean is, if I have scrolled my window down, and then some picture finally loads above my field of vision, every browser I am familiar with will then push down the content I am currently viewing -- possibly completely out of view, and disruptive UX in any event.  I want the window position to not change.
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I'm not optimistic, but I certainly wish you luck in your search.
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I'd read partway down an article on my mobile when all of a sudden the screen went blank. I noticed I could still scroll, so I went to the bottom and found nothing. Then I went all the way back to the top and found a window for an ad from HP. It didn't even actually have the ad though, it instead had an exhortation that I should rotate my device. As if! No, HP, that rotten UX has just taken my image of you down another notch.
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well, we already knew HP-UX sucks.
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Score 1 for Google Translate.  Housekeeping just came by while I am holed up in my hotel room with very bad leg pain, such that I really don't want to move and don't care at about tidying up.   She knew about as much English as I know Czech (which is precious little) but I was able to quickly pull up translate.google.com for a reasonable enough conversation.  Handy!
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Ouch! 😕 I hope housekeeping was sympathetic. Good luck with the leg.
As for Google Translate, I'm happy it did alright for Czech. I use it a lot, but have found it's occasionally as good as the naughty Hungarian phrase book, particularly for Chinese and Polish. 😊
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This seems like something I should already know the answer to, and reveal my ignorance by showing that I do not ... why does Flash have so many security problems?

Yeah, we all know Flash sucks, but why?  Why is it so hard for Adobe to get it right?  I know pretty much nothing about the internals, but based on its security history can only guess that it is a bunch of spaghetti code with no clear architecture written in "enough rope to hang yourself" language, and apparently worked on primarily by comp sci interns.

Why does it have such ongoing issues?
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TIL my mother is on G+.
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Useful.  Use.
 
FALLACY REF is the best collection of memed logical fallacies in the history of memed logical fallacy collections.

I did some quick Google sleuthing and could not find the original source, but [EDIT] I have been told it is the creation of Glen Welch, to whom my sincerest thanks. (His originals can be found on Facebook, but please, be kind and don't break the internet if you visit his page!)

Now go. Share. Fill the internet with logic awareness. Future generations will thank you.

H/t to +Jane Skau​ for bringing this wonderfulness to my attention!

#logicalfallacies   #meme  
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Not being able to pinch-zoom a photo in an app that should support it makes me a very sad panda. It's like developers are completely unfamiliar with the platforms for which they are coding.
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Twitter's mobile site apparently does that, at least on my LG.   For a site that displays random user photos that is a terrible, terrible design decision.
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Whatever genius, I suspect at Microsoft, came up with turning a perfectly reasonable simple form name-addr of
   user@example.com
into
  "user@example.com"<user@example.com>
should be made to account for his crimes.
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I intensely hate this behavior.
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It is kind of hilarious to me that Google's automated email that reports problems with how my site is designed for mobile devices links to a page at Google that is not optimized for mobile.
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"Like us on Facebook!"  Yeah, you know what?  Not a chance.  It is super annoying when you pop up that box right over what I was already reading, interrupting my flow.  Even if I end up thinking the article was good, the chance that I'd Like you on Facebook is significantly diminished by your bothersome marketing.
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Web 2.0:  how to obscure content with annoying ad bullshit, so that people don't want to visit your website ever again.
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Does anyone know, how can you order the people who appear in your Android's emergency contact group, apart from stupidly renaming them?  In my case on an LG G4, though I doubt that matters.

Is this just yet another situation where Google's insistence that "search is king!" thwarts other reasonable means of communicating important information like actual priorities?  Sadly my wife's parents had the gall to give her a name that starts with a letter from the latter part of the alphabet.
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My old LG G2 has a 5-slot ICE list.  I never noticed it, never set it up.
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Yet another misfeature of Google Maps, related to searching on a municipality name  When you do,, it'll give you the borders -- which is a nice feature in itself, not the problem.

There are two unhelpful things though.  If you zoom in more than a couple of levels then the boundary highlight disappears, so you can't really look too closely at which side of a border something is.  

Also, the feature is allergic to water.   Check out the boundary around, for example, Sabin Pond at this link.  https://goo.gl/maps/odrpQ

You might think, "oh, well the pond must be part of the neighbouring town."  Now search for Woodbury, VT, and check its boundary at Sabin Pond.  It seems that the water bodies on the border of these towns are actually independent!  At least, that's what Google would have people believe.
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i don't know google's boundary folks, they may or may not be aware of the issues. they will have acquired boundary data from some source (for the US, i probably know which one) and imported it. how much they did to vet it before they imported it is unknown to me.
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