Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
- Users don't like change. It doesn't matter how little the change is, if you change something they won't like it at first.
- If there is a new button out there, the users will push it. They more than likely will have no idea what it will do but the temptation to click it is just too high.
- Users don't always use the systems we write the way we think they will. If it is programmed to work in a certain order, programmers have to remember that the users won't always follow that.
- Cosmetics are much more important to the user than the business logic. Even if the logic took 3 months to build, there is an assumption that it will work. By design, computer programmers are not great at aesthetics. We try really hard but we miss the boat quite often.
- Users assume that if one error message pops up, the whole thing must be crap.
- Computer programmers love when things are new and exciting. We like to make things work. We get really jazzed about the new enhancements that we do and when we get resistance to them we get disappointed.
- The software that computer programmers develop can become a sort of "baby" to us. We put our hardest effort into making sure things work and we really love our end results. Criticism hurts.
Obviously from the tone of this list, I am the computer programmer. I rolled out a bunch of new changes this week. Things didn't go 100% as planned. It was a rough 2 days. But that was it. It's over. The dust has settled and the users are getting used to the changes. They will become complacent with these changes and go back to being happy. Little do they know, I've moved on to the next set of changes that will come their way!
Friday, July 17, 2009
Today I won at something else; the battle of the will. Ainsley is a great sleeper. She may cry for a minute when you put her down but she will stop quickly and go to sleep. Today she decided to try me. She cried for over an hour. Part of the time she would cry softly. Part of the time she would scream. The last 10 minutes of it she screamed.
I was determined to not let her win. I probably shouldn't have let her cry that long. It probably bordered on me being a bad parent. But I had to win. I put my feet in the ground and just let her cry. She finally fell asleep an hour later. I won. I am not sure how I feel about my victory.
What is the longest you have let your child cry?
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Ainsley asleep on the boat
Ainsley folded into a sandwich with her bear, sound asleep
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
I cannot wait. I am so excited to see Nana and Papa and my sisters. All of the cousins will be there too. What a blast.
I look forward to telling you all about it but until then, I leave you with this view that I will be looking at for the next week, including the dog!