Finding Hidden Dialogs in Windows 10

Published 01 May 2018 | Posted under Tech Tips

Some time ago I lost a dialog for an application. It slithered out of screen, well actually two screens. Apparently this is a problem that occurs when using dual monitors. If you have ever lost a window or dialog for an application using Windows 10, you’ve probably wondered how can I possibly find it. Well, you may probably find it by tabbing through the open applications using Alt + Tab but you might not be able to use your mouse pointer to grab the window and move it about. So, this is how I was able to catch the errant dialog.

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Human Factors at the University of Waterloo

Published 01 April 2018 | Posted under Usability

Some years ago the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Canada redesigned the south entrance to the university. What caught my eye was how the university went about redesigning the entrance. They asked the entire university community to submit plans for a new entrance. They didn’t ask professional architectural firms nor even to its own Architecture and Environmental departments. (1)

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Learning to Love Markup Languages

Published 01 March 2018 | Posted under Documentation

Having worked with WYSIWG tools such as FrameMaker most of my early working career, it was really hard getting used to writing documents in a markup language. I needed the comfort of a WYSIWYG editor and not having to wait for some compiler or typesetter to generate the output just to “see” what it looks like. That was a really big barrier to overcome.

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Deleting partitions on external hard disks

Published 01 February 2018 | Posted under Tech Tips

I had been backing up my files to a terabyte external hard disk. It contained thousands of files of all types. It was very important to me. However, what happened next taught me some useful skills.

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Non-continuous status "Dead Zones"

Published 01 January 2018 | Posted under Usability

We have all used them. We’ve all had moments of anxiety crossing them. We’ve all had moments of sheer horror as we make a right or left turn and seeing a car barreling down on us. Will that driver stop? Can I make it safely across? Yet, these are all safety issues. And we haven’t even started on the safety of pedestrians trying to cross the intersection.

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