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  1. Mavericks does this thing where:

    1. It tells you about updates that are ready to install (not a fan of the title case there),

    2. Suggests two options: now or tonight,

    3. Gives you the freedom to defer to a later time than suggested.

    I haven’t used a Windows machine in years, but I remember really disliking when my PC restarted to install “updates” whenever it felt like it.

    There’s a subtle balance that needs to be struck when dealing with user control and freedom. How do you prevent the user from deferring to a time that’s too late? Or if the update fixes a security bug? i.e., how do you save the user from themselves?

    Mavericks, for example, gets aggressive if the update is security-related and/or time-sensitive. In that event, it only gives you the option to restart now or in an hour.


  2. UPS engineers found that left-hand turns were a major drag on efficiency. Turning against traffic resulted in long waits in left-hand turn lanes that wasted time and fuel, and it also led to a disproportionate number of accidents. By mapping out routes that involved “a series of right-hand loops,” UPS improved profits and safety while touting their catchy, environmentally friendly policy. As of 2012, the right turn rule combined with other improvements — for the wow factor, UPS doesn’t separate them out — saved around 10 million gallons of gas and reduced emissions by the equivalent of taking 5,300 cars of the road for a year.

    i am not a fan of left turns onto busy streets either. i avoid them.

    Why UPS Trucks Don’t Turn Left (via justin-singer)

    (via fred-wilson)


  3. …that’s why they be paying them f***ing CEO’s so much damn money, because when the sh*t fall bad, it all fall bad on them
    —  Stringer, The Wire

  4. I’m an NBA fan, but despite the fact that my Twitter feed blows up every March, I’ve never followed the NCAA. A friend mentioned it to me earlier this week and I figured it couldn’t hurt to watch a few.

    The first second game I picked to watch was a nail-biter. The Iowa State Cyclones beat the North Carolina Heels 83-81. Nobody was expecting them to, but that seems to be the trend this year.

    The NCAA streams all their games live for free in the States, which is AWESOME. But I also really like how their interface is laid out.


  5. Wrote a post about a recent feature launch on the Wave Apps Engineering blog. If you’ve ever wondered what I/UX designers do at work, this is for you.


    Wave exists to make the lives of small business owners easier. This means we often take difficult processes and workflows and simplify them for our users. A great example of this is the much-anticipated and accounting-heavy “bank reconciliation” feature we released a month ago.

    According to Wikipedia

    (Source: wave-engineering)


  6. Dashdash is “a cocktail party on the Internet” and has the greatest introductory animation up on their site.

    Using familiar stories and characters is a fantastic way of showing your app’s purpose to users. 


  7. Workflowy asks you to rate their product only after you’ve been using it for a certain period of time and explains why.

    Bonus points for human copy like, “It kinda stinks”


  8. Basecamp’s sign up page has a footer that wishes the viewer a happy <whatever day of the week it is>


  9. I was on CBC’s metro morning on Wednesday talking about the Ban Bossy campaign.


  10. Tracking down noisy tabs

    Google Chrome does this great thing where it displays a sound icon on tabs that are playing sound. You can read more about it on the Chrome blog here.

    So say you have a bajillion tabs open (it’s OK, you can admit this. We’re all adults here.), the tab that is making the noise looks like:


    But let’s take it a step further. What if you have a lot of windows with a lot of tabs? You’d have to go to each window and scan through all your tabs. That’s time consuming.

    What if the “sound” icon was displayed on the Chrome window it was coming from when you were in exposé, like so:


    An obvious downside of this approach is that it’s Mac-only. I haven’t used a PC in a while, so I wouldn’t even know where to begin to approach that on the Windows OS. It also solves a very specific use case:

    1. You’re a Mac user

    2. You open multiple Google Chrome windows

    3. You need to track down noisy tabs

    4. You know/frequently make use of exposé

    But if you qualify, this would be a huge help. I know it would be for me. Maybe there are add-ons out there that do this already, and if you know of one, I’d love to hear about it.