When I was a boy, anytime we said ‘Dundrum’ (a suburb of Dublin),
it was with a snigger, because it was synonymous in our minds
with the mental asylum located there.
Nowadays, Dundrum is much better known as the home of a large
I'm so out of touch with Dublin that I hadn't realized
that there was a major new shopping centre there.
I assumed that people were talking about the unimpressive
little centre that I remembered there from my childhood.
Until today, when we went there to return the
mobile phone that we had given my mother for Christmas.
Dundrum was, indeed, a madhouse.
There's much talk of a …continue.
I've been hanging out on the dasBlog developers' mailing list for the last
couple of months, and I've made some minor contributions to the code.
I sent the following email to the developers' list last night.
My wife has decided to start a blog for
Team Ireland in the
2006 Knitting Olympics,
and she asked me to install dasBlog on her site.
I decided that this was an excellent opportunity to do some usability testing
on the installation instructions for dasBlog. I asked her to try installing
dasBlog, while I watched. I promised that I would bail her out if she got
mired too deeply.
Emma has worked as a black-box …continue.
I cannot look at a 16-digit credit card number
and tell whether I've mistyped it or not.
And neither can anyone else.
I can, however, easily examine four separate four-digit numbers and spot typos.
1341329913245890 or 1341 3299 1324 5890?
The choice is obvious.
Yet most websites will not accept anything but the 16-digit string.
It's a trivial matter to strip the spaces and normalize the credit card number,
and it speaks to the incompetence of many website developers that they don't do this.
The cognitive burden should be pushed onto the programmer, not the user.
On a related note, Irish people write phone numbers as a seven-digit string.
I can't …continue.