That’s not how 2FA works

by @edent | # # # # | 21 comments | Read ~30,725 times.
List of tweeters advocating for 2FA.

Another day, another high-profile website cloned to phish credentials. Is this a phishing attempt? Goes to "https://t.co/7b0EaPdGZR" and asks for username and pw (if so, it nearly got me!) /cc @github pic.twitter.com/jgt4oNvjF2 — Tess Rinearson (@_tessr) January 16, 2021 In the replies, you’ll see lots of techbros saying “this is why you should switch on…

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“I could build that in five minutes!”

by @edent | # # | 11 comments | Read ~1,026 times.
A digital watch.

It’s rather dispiriting when you launch something, only to have people berate you for not launching sooner. A few months ago, I was involved in a medical questionnaire launch. Before it was released, I had several people send me polite (and not-so-polite) queries as to why it was taking so long. “I could build that…

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Usability of Footnotes

by @edent | # # | 22 comments | Read ~3,117 times.
A very long footnote.

I’ve been reading lots more non-fiction books than normal. And I’m getting increasingly annoyed about footnotes1. Footnotes are a weird skeuomorph hangover from the days of printed text. I don’t think they are really suited to eBooks – but they seem to have come along for the ride into the future. There are a few…

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Whose bug is it anyway?

by @edent | # # # # | 12 comments | Read ~4,237 times.
A 404 error message on a website.

I found a curious little bug and I’m interested in who you think should take responsibility for it. My mobile network provider sent me this message: I clicked on the link, and got this error message from their website: The error is caused by the trailing full-stop. Remove the full-stop and the page loads. There…

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Wanted – audio output based on screen output for Linux

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OS displaying a long list of options.

I think what I’m asking for is impossible… I have a Linux laptop with built in speakers and an external monitor with speakers. The laptop connects to the screen via HDMI. I have my Linux desktop set up for dual screens. If I drag a window from one screen to the other, I want the…

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Dark Mode and Transparent Images

by @edent | # # # # | 3 comments | Read ~306 times.
A Hhrd to read image. The text is black, but so is most of the background. Bits have a white background.

Dark Mode is the new cool. Apps which automatically switch to an eye-friendly palette when lighting conditions are poor. Nifty! Most of the time, it’s as simple as making the text a lightish colour, and the background a darkish colour. But all that fails when you use transparencies in images. Here’s a quick example. Using…

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Google Chat Nearly Got Me Fired

by @edent | # # | 6 comments | Read ~731 times.
Google documentation saying their apps aren't compatible with each other.

My colleague was understandably ticked off with me. A week previously, they’d asked me to get something fairly urgent done. I hadn’t done it – and all hell was breaking loose. I wasn’t being truculent or disobedient. I simply hadn’t seen their message. And it was all Google’s fault. At work, we use Google’s G-Suite.…

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How not to use the label element

by @edent | # # # | 3 comments | Read ~546 times.
HTML Source Code.

HTML is magic. It comes with all sorts of great usability and accessibility features. But people often ignore them or misuse them. Take a look at these checkboxen: If you click on this label, nothing happens. If you click on this label, the checkbox will toggle This is important. Tapping on tiny squares is hard…

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Accessibility of macOS – large cursor hides tooltips

by @edent | # # # # # | 2 comments | Read ~103 times.
Cursor obscuring tool tip.

Apple’s attitude to usability is… complex. The general attitude of “you’re holding it wrong” seems to be prevalent across all their products. I like having a large mouse cursor. I find it easier to see on my large monitor, especially when sat at a safe distance. But, if I use a large cursor – I…

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Proximity is a key indicator of function

by @edent | # # # | 2 comments
A bathroom sink. The taps are on the opposite site of the sink to the faucet

I walked into an unfamiliar toilet recently. You’ve probably done the same, looking around to find the stalls, work out whether the driers are near the sinks, if there’s soap available. I was completely taken aback when I saw this monstrosity of a sink. It’s well known that we Brits love our separate hot and…

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