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As a matter of fact, I’m not okay with that

March 24, 2009 1 comment

Have you ever been using your computer and after performing an action which should have worked an error window pops up? In the pop up is an error or if your lucky an actual error message, and a single button labeled “Okay” or “OK”. Anytime I’ve seen it I wished there was another button labeled “I’m not okay with that”.

An Okay button makes sense when the computer is asking you – the user – for permission to proceed. At this point you can decide to choose to either let it proceed or to not let it proceed by pressing a button labeled “Cancel”.

So when the purpose of the window is to inform the user that the action didn’t work the purpose of the button is to allow the user to close the window. So the button should be labeled “Close” since that’s the only action which is going to occur when the user presses the button.

I emailed some people at work about this and they pointed me to the Microsoft User Interface guidelines and there was a rule that said an Okay button must have an opposing Cancel button and that if there’s a situation where the button is being used to close a window it should be labeled “Close”. Now of course we’ve all seen Microsoft software which doesn’t follow this rule, but that would probably be because not every developer can memorize all of the UI guidelines. It is good to know that somebody else has thought about this and that Microsoft testers can open bugs about it.

As a matter of fact that rule can be found in the Windows User Experience Guidelines (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa511269.aspx) in the section labeled “Information Dialogs”.

Okay Microsoft, you’ve told everyone else to do the right thing, now it’s your turn.

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Aren’t eyes amazing

March 21, 2009 Leave a comment

So today my ward had an activity at a sledding hill up at Snoqualmie pass. After one of my runs down the hill I decided to stay at the bottom of the hill and take pictures. The sun was so very bright, that it was hard to see what the camera was focused on. So I set the setting to continuous shot and just took some pictures. When I got back I looked at the pictures and I can see the hill, but the people are so tiny. It’s incredible. I swear they weren’t that tiny when I took the picture. I think the reason why is because our eyes make up for so much. When we look at something our eyes can focus in on the interesting part with us consciously thinking that we’re zooming in. I know eyes don’t do a good job of zooming in, but we can mentally filter out what we’re not paying attention to, making what we are paying attention to a lot bigger. Anyway, it was just a thought on how amazing our eyes are.

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In like a Lion

March 10, 2009 Leave a comment

When I moved to the Seattle area people mentioned how it only snows once every other year and it never really sticks for more than a day. We got that huge storm around Christmas time, and there has a been a few snow storms since then. This last weekend (beginning of March) it snowed a bit, but nothing really stuck. Then yesterday (Monday) afternoon the snow started coming down hard. People left work, we checked the traffic camera’s there was sticking snow everywhere, car wrecks, and traffic jams. By the time 6:00 rolled around when it was time to go home, it had stopped snowing and all of the snow was off of the roads, and all of the traffic had cleared up as well. It’s probably the nicest commute I’ll ever have at 6:00. So I’m hoping that March is going to come in like a Lion and go out like a Lamb.

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Engage the next phase of life

March 2, 2009 6 comments

For all of those who don’t know. On February 26th I was in Rexburg, ID where I proposed marriage to Amanda Loveless. She accepted and now we have a reservation for a life sealing session at the Draper, UT temple on June 27th at 1:00 pm. This is exciting. I still have trouble believing that someone as wonderful as Amanda would want me around, let alone for forever. But despite my disbelief I find it wonderful and am grateful for it.

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