Author Archive for: Aurelius

human.conf


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20 Jun
June 20, 2013

Recently, a co-worker commented that it would be nice if I had a configuration file. This individual suggested a change to my configuration file that would result in more detailed output when questioned about project status would be nice.  An idea that sounded really intriguing! Fortunately for me, I’m no robot. I was configured by my parents years ago. That said, here is my current configuration file…
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Outsmarting Your Users


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19 Sep
September 19, 2012

Often times in the tech industry we believe ourselves to be smarter than the users of the technology we develop.  Or, at a minimum we believe we know our users well enough that we make certain design decisions base on how we believe they will use our technology.  This is not necessarily a bad thing in most instances.  After all, we are the creators of the technology.  It’s reasonable to assume that we know a good deal about that which we are creating.  At least, one would hope so.  :-)

Recently, I was working on an Android app where I needed to download a particular set of files. This task was fairly autonomous. I was content to start the download task and let it do it’s thing in whatever time it took.  I am aware of the fragile state of today’s <insert number here>G networks and was hopeful that I planned accordingly.  I would wait until enough of the first file was finished downloading before I used it in another task.  That however should not keep me from starting another task so long as I did actually plan accordingly.  I mean, really… who tries to use something before they actually have it?  Duh!

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