Category: design

  • Awesome App of the Day: Schlage Warranty Service

    Awesome App of the Day: Schlage Warranty Service

    A few weeks ago, the door to our back yard stopped closing. When we’d swing it shut, the latch bolt wouldn’t do its spring-loaded retraction thing. It would hit the strike plate, not retract, and the door would bounce open defiantly. We could still close the door by turning the knob, but we’re not conditioned…

  • My “Museum-Quality Aviation Replicas” Hobby

    My “Museum-Quality Aviation Replicas” Hobby

    I started building plastic model airplanes when I was five years old. The first model I ever built was a little Ju-88 or something like it, that my Mom bought for me at the Foss Drug store in Golden, Colorado. I can remember cutting the parts off the sprues, probably with fingernail clippers, and glueing…

  • Make It Automatic

    Make It Automatic

    Over the holidays, my colleague Jeff Holt and I usually use the peaceful, interruption-free time to buff up our software. One of our design journeys last week was particularly interesting. The application we were working on is an application that eats Oracle trace files for a living. You drag files into a pane in the…

  • The “Two Spaces after a Period” Thing

    The “Two Spaces after a Period” Thing

    Once upon a time, I told my friend Chet Justice why he should start using one space instead of two after a sentence-ending period. I’m glad I did. Here’s the story. When you type, you’re inputting data into a machine. I know you like feeling like you’re in charge, but really you’re not in charge of all…