Archive for the 'Usability' Category

Word Breaks For Nerds

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Those of us who do a lot of typing on Macs are familiar with a variety of keyboard shortcuts for navigating lines, words, and characters in text editors that use standard “Cocoa key bindings.” Among those common keyboard shortcuts are cmd-arrow to move to the beginning or end of a line, and option-arrow to move […]

Toggle Twitter

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

I use Twitter. A lot, and almost entirely on my Mac desktop. Over the years, I have switched between many popular client applications, often returning to old favorites when the specific advantages of one outweighs the advantages of another for my current priorities. The way I use Twitter is to leave one of these client […]

Instapaper Keyboard Shortcut

Friday, January 14th, 2011

Like many people these days, I am using Marco Arment’s Instapaper to facilitate effortless postponement of reading longer, potentially interesting content I find on the web. Marco provides a handy bookmarklet that you can add to your browser’s button bar, so when you find something cool you just click “Read Later” and it gets added […]

Disabled Menus Are Usable

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

Joel Spolsky has a remarkable track record of speaking truth to programmers on his blog: Joel On Software. Occasionally he says something with which I disagree, but usually it’s on a subtle point, or it’s an issue where his passion for doing things one way is motivated by his preferred platforms: Windows and the web. […]