Posts Categorized: Usability

Catherine needs an office!

Posted by & filed under Catherine, Usability, Vancouver.

I’m a freelance web designer and developer. This means I don’t–yet–have an office, a staff, personal driver, nor any of the other luxuries one expects in the glamorous world of making websites. Having tried it on-and-off for much of my career, I’ve concluded that it’s extremely difficult for me to work from home, and that… Read more »

RSS: No, I didn’t notice your new website’s theme.

Posted by & filed under Blogosphere, Catherine Uses..., Productivity, Usability, Web 2.0.

Over at the Future Shop Tech Blog, I wrote about RSS feeds, and how I organize them to stay up to date with everything from blog posts to Craigslist searches. If you’re like me and subscribe to hundreds of different feeds, it’s important to figure out a good workflow that helps you focus on what’s… Read more »

Catherine Uses…

Posted by & filed under Catherine Uses..., Omega Point, Productivity, Usability.

Feature:Catherine Uses… Blog:Omega Point Purpose:Telling you what I software I use. Posts:Frequent Price:Free! Allow me to introduce a new feature here at Omega Point: Catherine Uses…! But what is that, you ask? Readers, as you can imagine, I get asked to endorse all manner of products: video games, athletic shoes, questionable dietary supplements… the list goes on.… Read more »

Catherine Uses Synergy+

Posted by & filed under Apple, Catherine Uses..., Productivity, Usability.

Program:Synergy+ Purpose:Two Computers, One Keyboard Price:Free (Open source, GPL) Platform:Mac OS X, Windows, Linux How often do you find yourself in front of your two computers, forgetting which mouse belongs to which, transferring files via FTP or USB flash drive, moaning in agony as you save the contents of your clipboard on one computer to… Read more »

Notational Velocity and Simplenote Part Two: Making a good thing better

Posted by & filed under Apple, Suggestion Box, Usability, Web 2.0.

Last week, I wrote about my experiences using Notational Velocity and Simplenote to turn a collection of text files into a quick, searchable, cloud-based notetaking system. Today, I’m going to complain about what’s wrong with it. Now, to be fair, I’m quite pleased with the whole Notational Velocity package. Simplenote’s team are quick to respond to… Read more »

Notational Velocity and Simplenote: In which Catherine schools you on notetaking

Posted by & filed under Catherine, Usability.

After Monday’s “I wasn’t tweeting, so there!” recap of FreelanceCamp Vancouver, a few people asked about my much-touted notetaking technique. I’ve been wanting to write up a good explanation of this for some time, so this is a particularly good opportunity. I’ve known from a very early age that I tend towards clutter and disorganization.… Read more »

Blogathon 2009: Catherine’s Safari 4 Review

Posted by & filed under Apple, Blogathon 2009, Usability, Web 2.0.

So I switched to Safari 4 from Firefox recently. The end. Yeah, there’s more, actually. First, the good parts, the ones that were enough to make me give up Firefox: It’s fast. Really, really fast. Pages you visit get indexed in OSX’s Spotlight. It’s like Google Desktop for Firefox, only not totally ridiculous. While Safari doesn’t… Read more »

Blogathon 2009: Infographics, Part 1: Why the CBC sucks

Posted by & filed under Blogathon 2009, Canada, Complaint Department, Infographics, News, Usability, Vancouver.

Okay, this is something that has bugged me for a while. People who say “interactive” when they mean “hard to use” and “Flash scrollbars”. While otherwise a competent, irritatingly underfunded news organization, the CBC sucks at infographics. Most of their “interactive features” are just text that requires a lot of clicking and scrolling to read.… Read more »