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Mike Heavin
Works at Trading Technologies
Attended University of Kansas
Lives in Aurora, IL
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With the latest Chrome update, Google decided to replace the user icon in the title bar with the user name. Does anyone know how I can show the icon instead of the name. My personal and work accounts both have my name. I find it easier to distinguish browser windows with unique icons instead of similar text names.
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Maybe thew will decide to replace those pesky Home, Back, Forward, Refresh, and Bookmark icons with words, too. ;)
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Some interesting ideas about UI design. I can also see how some of them could be adapted to help with designing and presenting documentation and help systems.
The philosophy of focusing on causality, anxieties, and motivations is called Jobs To Be Done, and a granular way to bring this concept into a product is to use Job Stories to design features, UI, and UX.
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Interview with our CEO for +Trading Technologies  20-year anniversary.
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For some people, the benefits of big data will not be worth the risks--which could include increased workplace, police, and consumer discrimination.
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I must admit that I use the browser on my phone and tablet more and more infrequently. 
With just two simple charts, Chris Dixon has pointed out one of those things that is both totally obvious but — when expressed succinctly — slightl...
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My daughter, Heather, and I at the Bulls - Pacers game.
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Pretty cool explanation of how Bezier curves are drawn.
All my life using Adobe Illustrator and it's only now when I learn how it draws vector curves—technically called Bézier curves. If you are an illustrator, you will love this. If you are not, it's fascinating anyway. In fact, it is one of the most interesting videos I've seen this year.
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I found a nice side-effect of requiring the Docs app to edit a file in Drive. One of the features drive does not have that frustrates me is that you cannot make a file read-only. I often use my Nexus 7 tablet and Google Drive for speaking notes. Because I could not make a file with my notes read-only, I occasionally inadvertently "edit" the file while scrolling the notes. 

However, now I can get around that limitation (as long as I don't ever want to edit files on my tablet). I updated the Drive app to the latest version, but did not install the Docs app. Without the app, I can only use the Drive file in view-only mode, which is what I have wanted for a long time.

It requires a trade-off, but it does satisfy that need. I just have to do all of my editing of the Google Doc file on a PC or on another device. 

I will try this approach for awhile and see if it is worth losing the ability to edit the files on the tablet.
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A great honor for TT.
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An interesting note. Unlike other cases seeking to overturn the ACA, the plaintiffs in this case are arguing that the law should be enforced as written.
The more the IRS's defenders write about this case, the more they will undermine the agency's position in court, because its position is untenable.
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My grandson, Landon, and I at the Bulls - Pacers game. 
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Sr. Technical Writer
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Framemaker, Adobe TechComm Suite, Office, DocumentationX, Perl, C#, C++, UNIX shells, Visual Studio, Information Mapping, API documentation
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  • Trading Technologies
    Sr. Technical Writer, present
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The 5 Characteristics of Great Content - Acrolinx
www.acrolinx.com

In case you hadn’t noticed, in today’s online world we are practically drowning in content — more content, in fact, than we could ever begin

Any technology you use should be "Googlable"
everypageispageone.com

'Any technology you use should be "Googlable"'. These are the words of Bill Scott, VP Engineering, Merchant | Retail | Online Payments at Pa

The End Of Apps As We Know Them - Inside Intercom
blog.intercom.io

The experience of our primary mobile screen being a bank of app icons that lead to independent destinations is dying. And that changes… Read

Your Design Work is Suffering Because You're Afraid of the Wrong Answer ...
zurb.com

It's hard to accept you might be wrong and don't know what you're talking about. That's because we're socially ingrained to think that quest

Designing Features Using Jobs To Be Done
insideintercom.io

The philosophy of focusing on causality, anxieties, and motivations is called Jobs To Be Done, and a granular way to bring this concept into

Reuse is a good tactic but a poor strategy
everypageispageone.com

I'm hearing people talk more and more about developing a reuse strategy. This is troubling. Reuse is a tactic at best. It is not a strategy.

3 Ways Big Data Is Going To Be Used Against You In The Future
www.fastcoexist.com

For some people, the benefits of big data will not be worth the risks--which could include increased workplace, police, and consumer discrim

Get Organized: Tricks for a Better Gmail Inbox
news360.com

Gmail users who feel overwhelmed by their inboxes can use these handy tricks for filtering mail and regaining control of their email.

Adobe Technical Communication Suite 5 - TechWhirl
techwhirl.com

TechWhirl writer reviews of Adobe Technical Communication Suite 5, FrameMaker 12, RoboHelp 11 and FrameMaker XML Editor 12.

WatchESPN
market.android.com

The free WatchESPN app lets you keep up with your sports anytime, anywhere on your Android phone and tablet. Watch live games and studio sho

RealClearMarkets - Ten Lessons of ObamaCare
www.realclearmarkets.com

President Obama is still trying to downplay the launch failure of ObamaCare as if it were just a few glitches on a website. No, it's much mo

GEICO App
market.android.com

The GEICO app includes all the functionality you would expect from your auto insurance company based off of feedback from you, the customer!

What is Minimalism?
everypageispageone.com

Ask what minimalism is (in a Tech Comm context), and you are likely to get a recitation of the four principles of minimalism. Per JoAnn Hack

Investing At The Corner Of Technology And The Human Experience
www.forbes.com

Put simply, the best technology bets for investors are companies that effectively use technology to place what the consumer wants and needs

Commercial Series Infrared 3-burner Grill Refresher Kit
www.charbroil.com

The kit includes the following original replacement parts; - 3 stainless steel infrared cooking grates - 3 stainless steel infrared emitter

Commonplace Crazy: Did You See What You Saw?
www.commonplacecrazy.com

Now here you are, a grown adult, going around talking like you've never been to school in your life. Interestingly enough, this seems to be

How The NSA Uses All Those Verizon Phone Records
www.forbes.com

While the program may make people uneasy, the benefits outweigh the risks and so it is probably something we will just have to get used to.

Structured Writing FOR the Web
everypageispageone.com

Tom Johnson started the discussion with Structured authoring versus the web. Sarah Sarah O’Keefe and Alan Pringle took it up in Structured a

50 Grilled Cheeses
www.foodnetwork.com

Make a sandwich from Food Network Magazine for any meal of the day—even dessert!

I checked on their daily special today. Among the specials was a gnocchi in a tomato vodka cream sauce. I must say it was very tasty. The gnocchi was hand-rolled that day so was very soft and fresh. The sauce was full-flavored without being overpowering. Fortunately, I also had one of the foccacinos to sop up the left-over sauce (I couldn't bring myself to throw it out. LOL). A minor mistake with the type of foccacino I asked for, but the quickly and cheerfully corrected it. Their staff is pretty amazing, always smiling and eager to help any way they can. I highly recommend you give this place a try. If you're like me, you'll see it is kind of like Lays potato chips...you can eat there just once.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
I think this store has gone downhill over the last couple of years. I used to get as much work done as possible at this NTB since it opened. I think thing have changed for the worst, however. I have had recurring problems with this NTB store. The latest incident was the last straw, at least for anything other than possibly tires. In this case, my car's oil light was coming on intermittently, without a clear pattern. Thinking it might need oil, my wife took it to the store, as we have been getting our oil service done there for years, for a check and to top off the fluids. The person told her the oil was full, and he didn't know why it might be blinking. He advised her to take it to a Dodge dealer (it is a Caravan), but expressed no urgency. A few days later, she took it to a dealer to check out the light, thinking it might be a bad sensor or wire connection. It turned out the oil was "extremely low," and could have caused serious damage to the engine. My wife told me the person at NTB just pulled the dip stick when she pulled it and made the determination. He didn't check or top off any other fluids. His actions could easily have destroyed my engine. Unfortunately, this is not the first problem we have had in the last couple of years. In fact, my daughter and son-in-law now refuse to return to NTB after some of their experiences. Back to my cars, my son took his car in for a brake checkup about a year ago. The people in the shop told him that he needed to replace his brakes immediately. Fortunately, he was a little short on the funds for the job. He asked my son--in-law to change the pads. He bought some replacement pads. When we took the brakes apart, the pads were only about half-worn. If my son would have had enough to pay for the job, he would have it done, unnecessarily and fraudulently. I approached the manager, Matt, about it, and showed him the pads his employees said needed replaced. He apologized and dealt with the employees in question. I thought it was an anomalous situation, so decided to overlook it. On another occasion a couple of months ago, my son took his car in for an oil change. They couldn't fit him in, so asked him to schedule an appointment for the next day, which he did. At that point, NTB obviously knew he was going to return. When he took is car in for the appointment, the staff put his car up and started the process, only to discover that they didn't have any oil filters for his car. So, he had to reschedule. Three days to get an oil change. On any number of occasions over the last couple of years, they have failed to complete the service, such as not rotating tires (which we purchased there) when requested after an oil change or other service. Once, the oil plug was not completely tightened, so leaked oil in our garage.
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Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
I have walked by this place for months and finally decided to give it a try. I tried the Signature Sandwich, which had two types of smoked bacon and boiled ham on a hogie roll. The meats were phenomenal; I never imagined thin-sliced cold bacon could taste so good. In my opinion, though, the Hoagie roll kind of overpowered the meat. Don't get me wrong, the sandwich tasted great, but I would recommend a smaller-profile bread. The people there were friendly and helpful. I don't know whether the man behind the counter was Dick, but had great suggestions and talked easily with people in line. They made me leave there with a smile, both on my face and in my tummy. I would definitely recommend you give it a try.
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Quality: ExcellentAppeal: Very GoodService: Excellent
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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Their daily specials are quite good. Yesterday, I had the roast sirloin; today, I tried the London Broil. Both were cooked to the perfect temperature and had just the right about of rubbed spices. Also, their mashed red potatoes are yummy, with just a hint of garlic.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
The food is freshly-cooked and tasty. The staff are friendly, polite, and helpful. How often at a "fast food" place do people come around the table and ask if you need anything or would like drink refill? The grandkids love the play area, which is kept clean, as is the entire restaurant.
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago