July 2003 Archives

CMS Needs
Where’s the easy-to-use CMS for the average small Web site?
July 31, 2003 - 107 words, 64 comments

Form validation tools
Shortcomings of form validation toolkits.
July 31, 2003 - 178 words, 6 comments

California State Fair
The California State Fair lets you buy tickets in advance from their Web site. That’s good. But the site is a horror house of usability problems.
July 28, 2003 - 896 words, 14 comments

Zempt competitor?
What the SocialDynamX MT application is and how it affects Zempt.
July 25, 2003 - 233 words,

Technorati fix
Apparently the Technorati API service is experiencing some problems today that are causing errors for people using my Technorati plugin. The newest version of the plugin fixes this and adds a new feature.
July 24, 2003 - 163 words, 1 comment

Rounded corners in CSS
There lots of ways to create rounded corners with CSS, but they always require lots of complex HTML and CSS. This is simpler.
July 23, 2003 - 682 words, 365 comments

CSS dotted borders in IE
One of the many irritating things about CSS support in Internet Explorer is that it incorrectly shows dashed borders instead of dotted borders. Here’s how you can fix that.
July 23, 2003 - 493 words, 69 comments

More Form usability
Thoughts on how to arrange fields on Web forms to make them easier to use.
July 18, 2003 - 557 words, 6 comments

Alarm usability
I have a new alarm clock. The old one was fine, but a little ugly,...
July 17, 2003 - 261 words, 4 comments

Simplifying the web, one step at a time
Some things in Web design are too complex. They make a site hard to build, hard to use, and hard to maintain. So I’m simplifying the everyday components of a Web site and writing case studies and examples in a new feature called Simplified.
July 17, 2003 - 128 words,

Simplified Form Errors
One of the most frustrating experiences on the Web is filling out forms. When mistakes are made, the user is often left guessing what they need to correct. We’ve taken an approach that shows the user in no uncertain terms what needs to be fixed.
July 17, 2003 - 1036 words, 25 comments

Wireless Google java
I’ve already had some people arrive here that were obviously searching for wireless Internet in Carmel. If your business isn’t online, you’re losing business.
July 14, 2003 - 52 words, 1 comment

Carmel Wireless
If there was a coffee place with free wireless, you could bet I’d be there a couple of times a day. What a competitive advantage that would be.
July 10, 2003 - 217 words, 2 comments

Writing Realistic Job Descriptions
Publish a job listing like this one and you are virtually guaranteeing that you won’t get qualified applicants for the position.
July 10, 2003 - 685 words, 19 comments

Other uses for your content
When you put information on your Web site, you need to remember that the text you write might be used in ways that you didn’t think of.
July 10, 2003 - 297 words, 5 comments

Turning away customers
If a customer is going to go to the trouble of contacting you, it’s important, at least to them. Make sure you’ll see it.
July 9, 2003 - 274 words, 7 comments

Sports oxymoron
Only in sports coverage would anyone say "[He] narrowly widened his lead."
July 9, 2003 - 12 words,

Refurb IBM on Ebay
IBM is using Ebay as a sales channel to sell refurbished products.
July 9, 2003 - 203 words,

FTP filters
I need is an FTP program that will let me filter the files that get uploaded.
July 7, 2003 - 226 words, 7 comments

Inter-dimensional spam
Spam advertising a $5000 reward for help in finding a Dimensional Warp Generator or a Acme 5X24 series time transducing capacitor. Seriously.
July 6, 2003 - 224 words, 9 comments

July 4

July 4, 2003 - words,

Projects need leadership
Being a leader is hard. Not everyone will like you if you stand up for your principles. But people don’t lead because they want to be popular.
July 3, 2003 - 529 words, 8 comments

The Not RSS thing
There’s a new API spec being proposed, so you’d think I’d be getting involved. But I don’t really have the energy.
July 2, 2003 - 66 words, 3 comments

It's an MLM exchange
I suppose it was to be expected, but it appears that my Textad exchange is very popular with MLM sites.
July 2, 2003 - 65 words

No error at all
Apparently my software is trying to tell me something. If only I knew what that was.
July 2, 2003 - 45 words, 3 comments

More useless error messages
User frustration rides high when a program gives a useless error message.
July 1, 2003 - 66 words, 3 comments

Zempt 0.3
Zempt 0.3 is out and ready for download. If you’ve tried it before and didn’t...
July 1, 2003 - 200 words, 12 comments

Recently

Assumptions and project planning (Feb 18)
When your assumptions change, it's reasonable that your project plans and needs change as well. But too many managers are afraid to go back and re-work a plan that they've already agreed to.
Feature voting is harmful to your product (Feb 7)
There's a lot of problems with using feature voting to drive your product.
Encouraging 1:1s from other managers in your organization (Jan 4)
If you’re managing other managers, encourage them to hold their own 1:1s. It’s such an important tool for managing and leading that everyone needs to be holding them.
One on One Meetings - a collection of posts about 1:1s (Jan 2)
A collection of all my writing on 1:1s
Are 1:1s confidential? (Jan 2)
Is the discussion that occurs in a 1:1 confidential, even if no agreed in the meeting to keep it so?
Skip-level 1:1s are your hidden superpower (Jan 1)
Holding 1:1s with peers and with people far below you on the reporting chain will open your eyes up to what’s really going on in your business.
Do you need a 1:1 if you’re regularly communicating with your team? (Dec 28)
You’re simply not having deep meaningful conversation about the process of work in hallway conversations or in your chat apps.
What agenda items should a manager bring to a 1:1? (Dec 23)
At least 80% of a 1:1 agenda should be driven by your report, but if you also to use this time to work on things with them, then you’ll have better meetings.

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