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October 2009 Blog Posts (9)

Medical usability group - anyone interested?


I wonder if there are any CUAs interested or active in medical usability? I would like to invite you to join the new medical usability group. We might discuss anything from design issues, risc assessment issues, medical usability standards (IEC 60601-1-6, IEC 62366, AAMI-HE74, -75) and regulatory affairs (FDA, MEDDEV and NB-MED, GHTF papers, ASEAN and Mercosur regulations ...), health care websites and best practices, and so on. Suggestions are welcome.

Regards, Joachim

Added by Joachim Harloff on October 30, 2009 at 11:42am — 31 Comments

Shoulda Coulda Paid Attention in Stats Class :(

Repost from my personal blog:

If there is one college course I wish I could take a second time it would be statistics.

Sure, I still remember the differences between mean, median and mode and when and why you use them. I recall calculating standard deviation and thanks to Excel it's a snap. And I vaguely remember that for one reason or another having a p-value? closer to 1.0 on… Continue

Added by Megan Ellinger on October 30, 2009 at 11:38am — 3 Comments

How usability helps sustainability?

Folks I am looking for information on how usability helps sustainability especially in the realm of energy and public sector industries.

I would appreciate your thoughts and or any research you may have seen.

Thank you.

Added by Imran Riaz on October 28, 2009 at 1:56pm — No Comments

Ajax is Not Really What You Think It Is

This is a repost from my development/usability blog

A big trend in project and job postings lately is experience with Ajax (not AJAX – it is not an acronym). Yes, I know that it’s the big thing right now, but I would guess that 99% of the time, the people asking for it really have no idea what they are asking for, and are really using the incorrect term. My goal here is to explain the differences…


Added by Charles Boyung on October 23, 2009 at 10:30am — 16 Comments

Riverside Publishing's "Next Generation" blog...

Added by Mike Mitchell on October 18, 2009 at 7:42pm — No Comments

Programming for Date Ranges

This is a repost from my development/usability blog

If you are anything like me, you have seen plenty of SQL statements like this:


WHERE CreateDate BETWEEN @StartDate AND @EndDate

Pretty simple and self explanatory, right? To a programmer, yes it is. However, when you start building a UI for the user to enter those start dates and end dates, how…


Added by Charles Boyung on October 16, 2009 at 9:30am — No Comments

A List Apart: "Usability Testing Demystified"

All the cool kids do it:

Added by Tom Coleman on October 13, 2009 at 8:44pm — No Comments

Don’t Force Your Preferences on Your Users

This is a repost from my development/usability blog

I recently started using Instapaper because the RSS reader I have on my phone lets me save articles to it for reading later, either on my phone or on my computer. The first time that I go to use it on my computer, I was greeted with this:


Yes, I primarily use Internet Explorer;…


Added by Charles Boyung on October 8, 2009 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Social Media Dos and Don'ts

This is a repost from my development/usability blog

Social networking (and by extension, social media) is the current big thing on the internet. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are some of the biggest destinations on the internet for just about any class of internet user. Every business wants their site to have social aspects now and wants their site to be both the journey and the destination for their users…


Added by Charles Boyung on October 2, 2009 at 12:30am — No Comments

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