PDF: Unfit for Human Consumption

“Users get lost inside PDF files, which are typically big, linear text blobs that are optimized for print and unpleasant to read and navigate online. PDF is good for printing, but that’s it. Don’t use it for online presentation.” Jakob Nielsen —PDF: Unfit for Human Consumption (UseIT) I’m so conditioned to dislike PDF documents that I actually hesitated before clicking the link — the “PDF” in the title threw me.

Mandatory Legalese in E-mail Signatures: Seeking Perspective

I just got this in my in box, with instructions from my division chair that all faculty members are henceforth to paste the following block of legalese into their e-mail signatures: This document may contain confidential information and is intended solely for the use of the addressee. If you received it in error, please contact the sender at once and destroy the document. The document may contain information subject to…

Home Alone: One of the First Decisions This Blended Family Made Was: to Each His Own Computer

“Fred and Tiffany quickly came to one of their first decisions as a couple. It was about computers: Sharing was not going to work. Each one of the four children would get his or her own machine. It wasn’t a choice they made lightly….The cost, some $800 per computer, seemed like a reasonable investment for peace within the family.” Ariana Eunjung Cha —Home Alone: One of the First Decisions This…

Bright Is as Bright Does

A comment by dsquared says it best: “I have to say that I too have been waiting for a word to describe the kind of atheist that spends nine hours a day militantly denying the existence of a massive God-shaped hole in his worldview, and ‘bright’ will suit just fine.” —Bright Is as Bright Does (Crooked Timber)

Five Ways to Say, 'I'm Unprofessional'

“In most job-filling situations, the employer has the luxury of choosing from several well-qualified applicants, all of whom could probably do the job. It is then that the little things, like the common but often unrecognized mistakes described here, almost always come into play. Make sure you avoid them, so they don’t cost you a shot at the job.” Peter Vogt —Five Ways to Say, ‘I’m Unprofessional’ (MonsterTrak) One of the…