The Internet IS broken

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Wrote a response to an op-ed commentary on the Chicago Tribune’s website entitled “The Internet isn’t broken. Obama doesn’t need to ‘fix’ it.” by Ajit Pai and Joshua Wright. The argument is being framed wrong. The problem isn't Net's infrastructure.

Why I Killed Google Apps

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Today, I decided to completely do away with Google Apps for my primary domains. The reasons are numerous but, for sake of brevity, I’ll list my top 5 reasons with a bit of detail for each.

Network Neutrality and the Idiocracy of Politics

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Normally, this blog is reserved for posts about technology, the internet, and stuff about my career. Writing about politics just isn't something I like to do anymore. Not that I don't have any political opinions. I do (boy, do I have political opinions!). I just feel that politics today is so polarized that it makes debate darn near impossible. However, some recent talk regarding the topic of "net neutrality" gave me pause. As such, I felt the need to write here my stance on "net neutrality" along with my opinion on recent political discussions surrounding it.

Retailers Are Disabling NFC to Block Apple Pay

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Rite Aid and CVS are dropping support for Apple Pay in favor of another solution called CurrentC. I'm in complete agreement with John Gruber on this one.  Prioritizing access to customer data over a good customer experience is a bad, bad idea! Compared to how Apple Pay works, CurrentC is a step in the wrong direction and is bound to fail. 

Presentation at Big Design Conference

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This past weekend, I had the honor and privilege of being one of the speakers at the Big Design conference. I gave an updated version of my presentation on the User Experience of Comic Books. The response to my presentation was amazing! Lots of folks from the audience had some great questions and comments during the Q&A portion of the presentation. I'm ecstatic and overwhelmed with joy! It's a great feeling to know that I can contribute to other people's education on user experience design!

Assemble Static Site Generator

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For about a week or so, I've been playing around with Assemble a Node-based static site generator that works for Grunt.js and Yeoman. So far, I have to say that I'm impressed. So impressed in fact that I ended up dropping Middleman, a Ruby-based solution that I had been using for the past year. 

A Lesson in Password Management

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With the recent news of the Heartbleed Bug, I have begun resetting all my passwords for online accounts. In the process of doing so, the thought occurred to me that many folks have no idea how to properly manage their passwords. I’ve seen situations where many of my family members, friends, and clients use the same passwords over and over again for just about every account they have online…even for important accounts like their email, banking, and social media; accounts that, if hacked, would reek holy havoc on their digital life. If this is a problem for you too then hopefully this blog post will point you in the right direction in remedying this issue.

UX of the Article Progress Bar on The Daily Beast Website

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My wife showed this one to me today. While viewing and scrolling through the page, pay attention to what is happening in the "READ THIS.list" box on the right. Not only does it show which article you're on using a simple scrollspy indicator but it also tracks how far into the article you are using a gray indicator just behind the list item. This is a very interesting way of handling the navigation of large amounts of related content. It certainly adds to the user experience and is quite clever.

The Surprisingly Large Cost of Telling Small Lies

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This New York Time article landed in my news feeds at a very unusual time. I don't think the timing could have been more perfect. Let's just say that some recent business dealing didn't turn out as rosy as I would have liked. I think the problem was exactly what this article talks about: a lack of honesty does nothing but ruin a good business relationship.

Mobile Devices to Boost US Holiday Ecommerce Sales Growth

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According to eMarketer, mobile devices are expected to take up a 16% share of the total US retail ecommerce sales this holiday season. Man, that is freakin' huge! Basically boils down to this: If you're selling stuff online and aren't making it easy for customers to buy your stuff through their mobile devices then your sales wil be 16% lower than they could be. This is one of the big reasons why responsive web design is so important. You just don't know when, where, or how people will engage your websites. This is especially true for ecommerce sites...or mcommerce for that matter.

GhostLab: Bringing love back to website testing

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Every now and then a tool gets released that completely blows me away; something so useful that I just had to buy it immediately. Today, that tool is GhostLab. GhostLab is a simple Mac application that makes synchronized testing for websites easy. If you're on a Mac and you're a web developer, this is one of those apps that you have to take a look at.

AngularJS and HTML Validation

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So I've started learning more about AngularJS. However, one thing about AngularJS has continued to bug the hell out of me. It has to do with all those 'ng-' attributes that riddle your HTML and make the code invalid. Not that tag attributes are bad per se. It's just that an attribute with a 'ng-' prefix isn't consider least not yet. So the question becomes: How do I make my HTML valid with AngularJS? 


Digital Marketers All Got This Thing Wrong About ROI

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Some very good insights on how ROI relates to the way people use the web. Even when we're building web applications and sites, we need to think about how we can relate unmeasurable things like UX practices with marketing expectations. After all, when, where, and how people engage your applications and sites will indeed have a direct impact on the success of that site/application.

Health Design Challenge: d+collab // THE PATIENT RECORD

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This is insanely cool! Regardless of whether you're a designer or not, everyone should take a look at this site and review at least the 1st place winner. Seeing where we are now and where we could be is a huge eye opener. I'm a huge proponent of medical record modernization. This will go a long way to moving us in the right direction!  :)

MODX CMS: Developer Freedom?

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Those who know me know that I've been a long time MODX supporter. Hell, I was there from the beginning when the project was forked from Etomite. Since then, I had the pleasure of working for the folks who founded the project for the better part of four years. Eventually, MODX went LLC and was on its way to becoming a full fledged open-source startup. But after four years, I realized it was time to move on, to learn some new things, challenge myself, and expand my career.