In the summer of 2014, I was approached by Packt Publishing to review a book about Max/MSP. Since I was in the planning stages of writing my own book, I thought it would be a good learning experience. Four months later, in November 2014, Packt released the book, Multimedia Programming Using Max/MSP and TouchDesigner. Overall, […]
On 10 January 2015, the Notepad++ team released the “Notepad++ Je suis Charlie edition”.
Another poor UI design. Adding a database using this layout is quite easy: click the icon with the plus (“+”) character over it. Dropping a database, however, isn’t immediately obvious. The icon to do so appears to the right of the “add user” icon, in the right section of the page. It’s likely there because the UI designer(s) […]
After years of use, the grip on my Hercules guitar stand broke. (A link—with a picture—to a forum post on the matter by other owners is here.) I contacted Hercules about a replacement, and they said they don’t sell parts. They advised me to buy a new stand, of course. Instead of spending upwards of […]
Here’s an example of an incredibly terrible — and dizzying — user interface, or UI. This is a farecard station in Virginia or Washington DC (I can’t quite remember). My friend Dan and I are from New York, where the MetroCard stations are incredibly simple to use. We reacted exactly the same way as we came upon this farecard […]