Dev Storyteller

Thoughts of practical idealistic problem solver and software engineer, Mark Freedman.

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The User Experience has Changed

Your UI is not your father's UI. Back in the late 80's, during the days of Windows 2.0, the big push was to make your applications SAA/CUA compliant. SAA (Systems Application Architecture) was IBM's strategy for enterprise computing in the late 1980s and early 1990s,...

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Key Launcher Experiment, So Far…

As you may have read, I've been testing several "key launcher" type of utilities for about two weeks so far. Although a key feature (sorry -- no pun intended) of several of these utilities is an "autotext" feature, this is the least of my needs for this type of app...

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Key Launcher Disclosure and Disclaimer

Amazing. I've only been posting on my blog regularly for a few weeks, and already I find myself in a position where I have to clarify something. It seems that by posting my intentions on trying out some "key launcher"-style apps, I've attracted some authors and...

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Re-Automating

Programmers are a curious bunch. We'll spend hours or days working on a solution for ourselves that'll save us mere minutes. Part of it is just the challenge of stripping down tasks to their bare minimum, even if the total time we save from ever running that task adds...

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Samsung Q1 Ultra – Loving It

I know that the ultra mobile PC has not yet found its niche, but I have the Samsung Q1 Ultra, and so far I'm loving it. It's far from perfect, I admit: the keypad leaves a lot to be desired, and I wish the keypad was backlit, and it's no speed demon, but it's...

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Why Hoaxes Work

I am constantly amazed why e-mail hoaxes still work, even to this day. Haven't we been warned for several years now to look for the obvious signs of an Internet hoax? Haven't we've been informed of sites like www.snopes.com and www.hoax-slayer.com? Then why, oh why do...

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