Simple things to improve usability - reduce workload

The biggest misconception about usability is that you would always need to have real test users to improve the user experience. There are however more economical ways to make improvements into your application’s user interface. Today we are going to take a look at workload and missing information content. (more…)

To be a philosopher

I had taken quite a few courses in philosophy, but all I learned from them were long lists of great minds and what they think about the world. But somehow I didn’t feel quite satisfied. Was that it? Is philosophy just about knowing what others have thought before you? To know enough thinkers to have a name or two to drop in every single conversation? Then what’s the point, I wondered. (more…)

Force Android to switch to mobile internet on weak WiFi

My new phone has an awesome WiFi modem. 📡 The problem is that it’s a bit too good for it’s own sake. Whenever I walk away from my home, I will be offline for up to 50 meters from my place. This is because my Android phone is still connected to my home WiFi, but the signal is too weak to provide any internet access.

Luckily, the issue of your phone staying connected to a weak WiFi is extremely easy to solve. 😊 (more…)

Usabilty and video games - a tradeoff

Lately, I have put much thought into usability in video games. Back in the days, we were used to games being not-so-user-firendly. Such as Super Mario, a platformer that doesn’t let you save is just as usable as Microsoft Word without save feature. Of course, if you could save your progress anytime in Super Mario, it would be as usable as Word when it comes to saving, but it would take a part of the game out. It would become too easy if you never had to start from the beginning after dying. Therefore, there’s a tradeoff! 🤔 (more…)

Translating your applications. How to localize?

When you are targeting an international audience and you have enough money to back your project up, the thing you have to do is to localize your application. Thinking that everyone knows English, is just naive. This is a general guide that shows how the process of localization works. (more…)

Finding a good language study book for self-study 📚

In this post, I have gathered all the important aspects you have to look at when you are buying a language study book. I base this list on my personal experiences as a language self-learner (or autodidact as we are called). And trust me, when it comes to study books, I have seen the best and worst of them. 🤓 (more…)

Ingroups and outgroups. How we divide people in groups intuitively.

A claim that comes from the very core of the social psychology is that we cannot imagine a life without social groups. If we didn’t group people, we couldn’t even understand who we are ourselves. We build our identity based on the social groups we belong to, such as nationality, profession, gender and so on. 👨🏻‍🎤  👨🏻‍🏫  👨🏻‍🏭 (more…)

An app to resize Launchpad icons on macOS

So you want to resize Launchpad on macOS? When Apple introduced the launchpad a couple of OSX versions back the screen resolutions used to be a whole lot smaller. Remember when HD still was a thing? 😃 Anyways, launchpad icons just look awfully huge on a 2K or 4K display but macOS doesn’t provide any settings to adjust their size to show more of them on a single page on Launchpad. Luckily, yours truly came up with a solution! 🤓 (more…)