Posted 1 month ago

My boss interrupted my team in the middle of a brainless discussion (we were talking about how the US gov’s “alien registration code” is not being used correctly to address extraterrestrial life form), and cheerfully recommended us to try out the Glide app.

Upon opening the app, I recorded a few video messages to send to GlideBot, and deleted them to check the handling of message deletion… And I noticed something: The deleted videos take up as much space as the undeleted ones, and you cannot interact with them. Which means, if for any reason you end up having to delete a dozen of videos inside a chat session, it will occupy a significant chunk of screen estate that results into multiple swiping.

To experiment, I produced a slightly more space saving solution:

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Now, the height of the deletion placeholder is only about a third of the original size. In fact, to take it a step further, if more than 3 videos are deleted inside a chat session, the placeholder could look like this:

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Currently, it doesn’t seem like Glide allows its user to download the recorded video. In this case, the only way to keep the videos is make sure you don’t leave a chat session. So, if you are a goofball like me, you will end up deleting a ton of videos afterward… Less swiping will at least (hopefully) prevent you from getting repetitive strain injury.

Posted 1 month ago

Another “Unsubscribe” Not Done Right

I signed up an account on 500px few weeks ago to test their service. However, due to the fact that I am not much of a photographer, I have not logged on since then.

Today, I received this email from them. After a quick thought through, I came to the realization that I would never use their service again. So I scrolled down to the bottom of the email expecting an “unsubscribe” button:

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… Except there isn’t one. Instead, I saw a link that says “Manage your email notifications.”

So I clicked that, and this is the page that opened up:

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… I am quite disappointed.

There are two mysteries here. First is the absence of “unsubscribe” button: Why is it not in the email? Second, there are 13 checkboxes: Why isn’t there a master option that checks/unchecks everything all at once? Better yet - Get the first step done right and you won’t have to worry about the second one.

Posted 3 months ago

Viral Doza uses a growth technique that I called “click robbery”. In this case, the last picture is locked until you click on the Facebook like button or the Twitter share button. 

Interestingly, an identical article is also featured on Viral Nova, except the last picture is not locked.

Upon a closer look, the distinction between the two is that Viral Doza doesn’t provide any info regarding the site owner or its background, while Viral Nova does. This led me to suspect that if Viral Doza is simply a copycat… Not cool, Doza, not cool.

Posted 3 months ago
Posted 3 months ago

Stuff ‘bout Dropbox for Team

Since my team has been using Dropbox altogether, it has branched out to more people throughout the organization. As you might have already guessed, a handful of people using the same Dropbox account to store and share large amount of files is a nightmare. As people have different ways of organizing (or messing) their files, it naturally becomes so that files are misplaced, naming conventions are violated, duplicates exist all over the place… so on and so on.

In this situation, I think the most productive solution is to have a main filing manager - that is somebody that is responsible for archiving and marking the major files that are shared among the team mates, before they are shoved into random corners of the Dropbox. At the same time, each individual team member creates a working file folder that is listed under their name (or project name, if more than a few people is involved or it is a long term project), once a certain project is finished the individual will report to the organizing manager in order to have the file marked and stored properly.

This may reduce the time-wasting frustrations such as:

  • not being able to locate files because the file path is unknown or unclear
  • inconsistent naming convention that causes difficult searching 
  • important files that are accidentally deleted
Posted 4 months ago

What Screens Want by Frank Chimero

For your digital enjoyment.

Posted 5 months ago
Aside from the attachment reminder, I discovered today that Gmail automatically suggests you the contact person that have appeared many times in the same series of emails.
In this case, I removed the contact in a previous email because the topic discussed wasn’t relevant to him. However, when I decided that I need to include him in the next email, it just showed up right underneath my name.

Aside from the attachment reminder, I discovered today that Gmail automatically suggests you the contact person that have appeared many times in the same series of emails.

In this case, I removed the contact in a previous email because the topic discussed wasn’t relevant to him. However, when I decided that I need to include him in the next email, it just showed up right underneath my name.

Posted 5 months ago

Here is a side to side comparison of the emoticon :/ appearing in the desktop version versus mobile version of the Facebook.

Concerned by the fact that my friend was busy and didn’t get a chance to eat dinner, I used the Facebook app and sent her the emoticon followed by the question. Then I noticed that the emoticon wasn’t the concerned/sad face that I was expecting. Instead, it was a smirky face. Thinking that they might have changed the icon image, I opened the desktop version and checked - only to discover that the desktop version one remained the same as it was originally. 

This may seems like a small problem, but since emoticons are used to represent your emotion in text-based communication, inconsistent visuals can cause you to send wrong messages to others without you realizing it.

Posted 5 months ago

pud's blog: How I deal with users who steal

pudjam666:

I built an online service called DistroKid that makes it easy for musicians to get their music into iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and Google Play.

It costs $19.99/yr for musicians to use, or is free if you refer 5 new users. The referral system works well, and is responsible for about 30% of daily…

Posted 6 months ago

CITI, not only you bombard me with walls and walls of technical text, you also slows down my process by providing long texts as links… few buttons wouldn’t hurt.