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Spammer grammar

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 10:12 pm

Heh. Via taint.org: If spam were graded like an English paper…

Fun with FAFSA

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 8:18 pm

If there’s anyone who could manage to create a user interface that’s absolutely elegant but utterly nonintuitive, it would be the government. And the interface for the online FAFSA definitely fits that description.

How so? Well, check out this screenshot from one page of the FAFSA form which momentarily stumped me as I was filling it out. The situation: you’ve selected one of the colleges for which you’ve registered, and you’re now selecting the type of housing for which you’ll be applying.

One slight problem: where’s the “next” button?

My first instinct was to click the big button at the bottom of the screen, as many others have most likely done; this, of course, was before I actually noticed the text on said button: “Delete This School”. Let’s just be thankful you could add it back once it was deleted!

It turns out that the little note that “this page may scroll downward” was quite important on this particular page of the form; the “next” button was just below the fold on the 800×600 screen I was using. Oops!


The horror!

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 10:26 am

We all know that people with electronic keyboards can churn out the worst music possible, save it to disk, and then upload it to the Internet. But only at Ugly MIDIs has anyone actually taken the trouble to archive such travesties… (via NTK)


Are you Maching me?

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 12:09 pm

An interesting typographical error spotted on CNN which has lately been making its way around the world of weblogs: apparently the space shuttle Columbia had attained warp speed.


Not the red one!

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 2:26 am

Via Meryl’s Notes, yet another example of non-intuitive interface design. I, too, would’ve pushed the green button, for a number of reasons; not only does green signify “go”, it’s also the uppermost button on the console.

Magic: The Parody

Filed under: General — codeman38 @ 12:18 am

Recently over at Fark there was a Photoshop contest to come up with new cards for Magic: The Gathering. Some of my favorite entries, mirrored here for your convenience (with the originals available in the thread above, as long as the images remain on their respective servers):

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