One space. That is it.

Over the last few years I have had a repeating conversation with people about how many spaces to put after a period. It surprising to me how many times I have had to argue this correction, but I know I am right I’m willing to point this out.

So that I might go on record on this one, I am pointing to two examples to prove that I am not the only person in the world that has considered this…

First, grab your iPhone or iPad, open the email program, type a sentence and then tap the space bar twice. Notice what happens? It added a period and deleted the extra space. If you don’t have an iOS device, I just tested this on a Samsung Note 2 in the email app and it works – so I think that Android (at least on this Samsung gets it). Think about what this means. Somewhere, a team that developed a keyboard realized they could hack peoples behavior (almost everyone I have talked to pointed to their high school typing class as where they learned the two space rule) and correct it with software. If two spaces were right your iPhone would leave the spaces in… it doesn’t

The next is the amazing article on Slate. The bolding is mine. Take the next three and a half  minutes to read this great piece… and then save yourself the trouble of tapping Space Space for the rest of your life.

“Every major style guide—including the Modern Language Association Style Manual and the Chicago Manual of Style—prescribes a single space after a period. (The Publications Manual of the American Psychological Association, used widely in the social sciences, allows for two spaces in draft manuscripts but recommends one space in published work.) Most ordinary people would know the one-space rule, too, if it weren’t for a quirk of history. In the middle of the last century, a now-outmoded technology—the manual typewriter—invaded the American workplace. To accommodate that machine’s shortcomings, everyone began to type wrong. And even though we no longer use typewriters, we all still type like we do. (Also see the persistence of the dreaded Caps Lock key.)

http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2011/01/space_invaders.html

Now if I could get P. F. Chang’s to take the damn pull handles off the inside of their doors (you have to push to leave) and the folks that make microwaves to get rid of the panel of useless buttons I would feel that I made a good impact this year.

An even better Nest Experience

Double Ring Virtual Fence for Nest Thermostat

2013-01-28_1311I have this very simple idea. Use an iPhone’s location abilities to automatically control your Nest thermostat to increase your comfort and save on heating and cooling. It would work like this. Tell your Nest your address and let the iPhone app create a double ring virtual fence. As you drove through this fence (twice) in either direction, the app would signal your thermostat with an update. Continue reading

iPad Mini review, thoughts and why I returned it… (update) and bought it again.

Update July 2012:

I missed my iPad. When I bought the iPad Mini I had given my iPad 3 to my wife… and sold off her iPad 2. So when I returned the iPad Mini I had no iPad (I know… first world problems here). I was holding out hope that Apple would release a Retina iPad Mini soon and I would just grab that version. Its been months and mo Retina iPad Mini yet… and I realized that all the things that made me love the iPad and iPad Mini were missing from my workflow and life. I decided to go back and give it another try. The screen is still pretty underwhelming but the rest of the device (size, weight, feel in your hand) is amazing. For now, I am enjoying what I can and hoping that the Retina version is around the corner.

Original Post:

Last night I zipped over to my local Target to pick up an iPad Mini. I was excited. I have been doing some design work that is targeted toward a smaller screen and have had using a Kindle Fire to emulate the screen size. I love the overall size of the Fire. It is light, fits in my pocket and hand(s) but does not feel cramped. I expected the iPad would be even better. And I was right. Continue reading

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Hot Soup!

The microwave has been my tormentor for years now.

I hate it.

I always seem to use it wrong. I get unintended outcomes. Cold food. Overcooked cheese. Coffee that burns my face.

This means that  my wife has to help this “user” more often than not, and good-naturedly resets the 35 minutes that I have entered to warm something up back to the 35 seconds it really needed. Its not that I can not operate a microwave… it’s that I despise the UI.  Out of frustration and apathy I mash the keys and hope it turns  on. Lazy? Perhaps. Wrong? NO! A microwave is supposed to be a simple, easy to use device. It gives you a simple and quick way to get… hot soup. Except over the years, microwaves have added more and more useless features … too many in my opinion. Continue reading

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