February 6, 2005. I decided the other day that it was time I bought Macromedia Studio MX 2004. So I headed over to Macromedia.com and went to their store, naturally. Their store is done entirely in Flash. It was, without a doubt, the worst online shopping experience I have ever had. The first thing that was painfully clear was how slow it was. Now I’ll admit I’m on a Mac, and I know quite well that the Mac… Read more »

February 5, 2005. I got a couple of books from Amazon today. I read a few pages of one and then tried to find something to use as a bookmark. Amazon sent some ads with my order, but they were on large, somewhat thin pieces of paper. If they had printed them in bookmark form I would have kept them and used them instead of throwing them out just now. As it is I have three pieces of paper in my trash that I never… Read more »

January 25, 2005. I’m at the end of my travels now, after spending an extra week at my girlfriend’s apartment. All in all it went remarkably well. I got a fair bit of work done and barely missed my home setup. The large screen and my Mx700 were missed a little bit, but only slightly. Last week I decided to buy Virtual PC for my iBook. I have a Windows PC at home, but I hadn’t had access to that for over a… Read more »

January 18, 2005. Guidelines for Accessible and Usable Web Sites: Observing Users Who Work With Screen Readers gives a great look into how people use screen readers in the real world. There’s a lot of good advice to be found here, for both site designers and developers of screen reader software. Thanks to Mike Davidson for pointing it out. Read more »

January 17, 2005. Navigation Blindness by Henrik Olsen is an interesting article on how most users ignore web site navigation tools, and what to do about it. It’s quite an eye-opener, dismissing practices that many designers consider very important, with studies to back it up. I’m really not sure I agree with all of it, but it’s a great read nonetheless. Why Primary Navigation Must Die talks about similar ideas. Read more »