Archive for May, 2010

A whishlist site with voting possibility

2010-05-28

What I am considering here is a whishlist site for application or machine upgrades.

Like this:
You are using an application, or machine, which is missing a feature.  You can of course write to the makers of the application but that feels like your voice isn’t heard.  Why not instead start a thread on a site known for serving users and manufacturers with good I-want-this-application-to-do-that information.

It already exists at getsatisfaction.com but that site concentrates on selling to the application developer and is not user centred.  It is up to the manufacturer to start a forum and pay for it.  I am looking for something faster and simpler.  A natural place for users to write and manufacturers to read.

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Dimmer light on sailing navigator

2010-05-24

Every marine GPS navigator I have used since they dropped below the 5000€ tag has had too bright night light.

I set the latest chart plotter I used, a Garmin 4010,to faintest light and it was still far too bright.  Don’t marine chart plotter manufacturers use their own products?

Visualise layer or connection

2010-05-10

Wouldn’t it be good to easily see which layer you are working in in your IDE?  When working in a multi layer environment one often has a class named Customer in every layer which makes for some document switching before finding the right one.  Add an icon in a corner or a slightly tinted background.

When working with multiple databases at once in a query tool it is often a hassle to keep the windows of the different databases apart.  Often one has two servers QA and Production with identical (or similar) database names.  It is very important to not update the wrong one.
Couldn’t one have a slightly tinted background that shows where one is?

Teabag

2010-05-07

Teabags that come with their own protection.

Familiar?
You use a teabag.
You are finished using the teabag.
You try to squezze the teabag and burn youself.
You search for a place to put your used teabag.

I have used a teabag with two strings. Pull them apart and the bag get compressed.
I have used a teabag where the paper wrapping served as a so so heat-and-liquid protection.

But I have yet to use a teabag that I can Compress without fingers or spoon and then Place anywhere without being afraid of ruining a table and finally put in a Compost to reduce to earth again.