Updated for 2020. When this UX snob of a pedal junkie caught the tremolo bug, he started referring to himself in the third person and made a spreadsheet comparing 30+ different tap tremolo pedals. ...Then he blogged about it. If you're lazy or impatient, use these links to skip to a juicier section of the … Continue reading Tap Tremolo Pedal Comparison/Guide
iDrive security breach. Backblaze not much better.
UPDATED for 2022:I switched to Backblaze because they claimed to offer unlimited data. But they won't let you backup anything in certain commonly used directories. If some of your programs store data in \program files\ or \program files (x86)\ or any of many other locations, you're SOL if/when you need to restore. Had I known … Continue reading iDrive security breach. Backblaze not much better.
Redirector Browser Extension Takes You Where You Want to Go
AT&T just installed fiber to my house. It's fast. I get a steady 949 Mbps up and down. I had no complaints about the 160 Mbps/14 Mbps I was getting from Cox, but my inner geek couldn't say no to faster-for-the-same-price. The install was pretty smooth, but during the bumps, I would type nonsense URLs … Continue reading Redirector Browser Extension Takes You Where You Want to Go
Guide: Comparing Arpeggiator Pedals
Wherein Dan talks himself into buying one via this arpeggiator pedal roundup/shootout. (Spoiler alert: I bought the Tararira.) What is an arpeggiator pedal? An arpeggiator is a sequencer. A sequencer plays a series of sounds based on a source and parameters set by you, the user/musician. In the case of an arpeggiator pedal, the “source” … Continue reading Guide: Comparing Arpeggiator Pedals
CheapoDrugs.com Database Hacked?
Update: 7/1/2017 If you use CheapoDrugs.com, stop. If you put any faith in the CIPA, stop. Neither of these organizations take cybersecurity seriously. I don't consider them good stewards of your or my personal information. Neither organization will address evidence of a breach. ...The CIPA at least gave me lip service for a while, before … Continue reading CheapoDrugs.com Database Hacked?
How is responsive design connected to SEO? It’s mobile.
Follow the money and you'll find that hot trends in design and search engine optimization are tied to our shrinking technology. What's in your pocket? This mobile, responsive design, SEO and the long tail article originally appeared on the Geekly Group blog. (Thanks, Archive.org for the save!) (This article is from May 2013.) The Tale … Continue reading How is responsive design connected to SEO? It’s mobile.
Robocalls Are Easy To Fix
Because it's still relevant, I'll leave my initial robocall fix idea below. But I've had some time to think about robocalls for a few years and I have a better idea. Charge for every call. Find some amount. I'd like to make it high, like a penny. One measly cent. But others have arguments to … Continue reading Robocalls Are Easy To Fix
Best Mozilla Firefox/Thunderbird Add-on
Disable Add-on Compatibility Checks is a great little add-on for both Firefox and Thunderbird. It makes Mozilla's rapid release cycle totally tolerable. If the keeper of your favorite plugin can't keep up with Mozilla's zany release schedule, worry no more. Disable Add-on Compatibility Checks does exactly what it sounds like it'll do. Install it (no … Continue reading Best Mozilla Firefox/Thunderbird Add-on
Updated Extensions for Latest Firefox Update
Remember back when Firefox 3.5.17 came out? I'll give you a clue; it was 2011. It's just a year later and the latest version of Firefox (15.0) ships with new features under the hood, including better memory handling for plugins and new "Silent, background updates," but it's not enough. When Mozilla switched Firefox to a … Continue reading Updated Extensions for Latest Firefox Update
firstname.lastname@example.org Google Usability Tweak
Google places a real live email link to email@example.com on the Google account login screen. Though I'm sure it's intended to improve usability it has the opposite effect. They placed the firstname.lastname@example.org link smack dab in between the email (login/username) field and the password field. Keyboard savvy users normally use the tab key to move … Continue reading email@example.com Google Usability Tweak