February 24th, 2010

Working on the computer, Working

Busy busy busy; Preparations; Mozilla Weave; Google Docs

This morning has been somewhat productive. I mailed back the health insurance application, submitted the passport application, opened a PO box, and just sent the vacate notice to my landlord. I think I've also found someone to take care of / use the motorcycle while I'm gone.

In other news, I recently installed Mozilla Weave to almost every installation of Firefox I have. It's syncing my bookmarks, passwords, preferences, and history between installations. I no longer have to worry about which computer has which bookmarks or passwords. Eventually I may try implementing my own Weave server so I can bring all that data in-house. Weave encrypts/decrypts it on the client side so I'm actually not too worried about that, so that may only happen if the Mozilla Weave server goes down.

I've also started using Google Docs for this-and-that writings between computers and remote people (technical specifications, etc). It seems to be working out fairly well so far, but that doesn't mean I'll be copying everything over to it. I still prefer to keep things locally if possible.

Now to get back to the Symfony tutorial and a few other projects.
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Working on the computer, Working

Programming Intelligence Ideas; Pagination & Hidden Text

Here's an idea to any programmers out there. Consider giving your pagination and hidden text systems some usability intelligence.

When dealing with pagination if there are 20 items per page but only 4 or less items on the final page then show the last items on the previous page. Paging forward just for a couple of items is a waste of time and resources.

The same principle applies for dynamically hiding or showing extra text in a blurb. If there are only a few more characters or words hidden by the ellipsis or 'show more' link then simply show them as part of the main text. The amount of text being hidden, which requires a click or page change to view, should be worth employing the extra time, effort, and resources to view. I'm often disappointed to click on a 'read more' link to only show another half a sentence or less (Facebook!).
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Tombo - Disappointed

No more events :-(

A little earlier today I RSVPed 'No' for half a dozen meetup events here in Las Vegas for while I'm in Tennessee.

There will still be one more that I can attend next month. After that it may be appropriate to remove myself from the local groups.

:-(
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