New mouse: Logitech MX Master

In Brief

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Logitech MX Master

After spotting it on OzBargain for a great price, I bought myself the Logitech MX Master to replace my old Logitech G700. 

Lifehacker has just posted a great article comparing the MX Master to its predecessor, the Performance MX, and their G502 Proteus Core gaming mouse. The article does a great job of comparing the features of each mouse, and comes to the conclusion that they're all pretty great, with only a few personal preferences separating them.

One of the headlining features of the MX Master is the Smart speed-adaptive scroll wheel, which automatically shifts from your standard click-to-click which scrolls a few lines at a time, to a free-spinning fast scroll. A few mice (including my old G700) have had a little button under the scroll wheel to switch between these two modes, but the MX Master can do this automatically when the scroll wheel reaches a certain speed, and then disengages fast-scrolling when the wheel stops.

At first I was annoyed by this automatic momentum scrolling, as it was always engaging when I didn’t want it to... that is, until I found in the settings where you can finely adjust the sensitivity. Sometimes it helps when you read the manual. Now everything’s golden! Coupled with the great battery life, it’s the nicest mouse I’ve ever owned.

Amazon: Logitech MX Master

ASIS Victoria Chapter Wins Website of the Year Award

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ASIS Victoria screenshot

I'm very proud to announce that ASIS International Victoria Chapter has taken home the Website of the Year Award, presented at the recent 2015 ASIS International 61st Security Conference and Expo held in Anaheim, USA.


Top 5 usability mistakes web designers are still making

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Stepping in gum.

How's that for a linkbait headline? Sorry about that. The web design industry is still only a baby, but it's old enough to have established a number of best practices that make sure that everyone has the best possible experience. It saddens me to still see the following crimes against usability pop up on the web.


Responsive Web Design Lessons

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So the dust is starting to settle as we become familiar with a number of techniques for developing responsive websites, but for myself, this road has not exactly been as problem-free as I thought it was going to be. Time for some quick reflection on a recent project and the challenges of "going responsive".


What features should a commercial CMS have?

Unsafe electrical plugs

Does ExpressionEngine rely too heavily on paid addons to provide basic functionality that should come out-of-the-box with a commercial content management system worth $300? What is the base-level of functionality that you should expect from a commercial CMS?


Jcrop - Quick and easy image cropping with jQuery.


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Jcrop from Deep Liquid is a quick and easy way to add image cropping functionality to your web application. It combines the ease-of-use of a typical jQuery plugin with a powerful cross-platform DHTML cropping engine that is faithful to familiar desktop graphics applications.

  • Attaches unobtrusively to any image
  • Supports aspect ratio locking
  • Supports minSize/maxSize setting
  • Callbacks for selection done, or while moving
  • Keyboard support for nudging selection
  • API features to create interactivity, including animation
  • Support for CSS styling

It's definitely one of the best one's I've come across. It's about 5.5KB (minified), compatible with all browsers and its free (MIT license)! Check out the demos.

"UX Professional" may be a bullshit job title, but they're still needed.

Desk workspace with man working with sticky notes.

The web industry is still only a baby. New job titles are being invented all the time. Some stick, some, thankfully, do not. Some people have to take on many roles, while others specialise in one or two areas. So what should we call ourselves? How much importance are we putting on our job titles?


When email marketing meets online user testing

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Loop11 Screenshot

A marketing email from Loop11, the maker of online usability testing software, did the rounds among local government IT managers, marketing teams and mailing groups last week claiming in its subject that "City Of Melbourne website ranks 2nd in Australia."


Bounce your way to goodwill

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Bounce app by ZURB

Those zany boffins at ZURB have just unleashed their latest creation: something they call Bounce. Their website claims Bounce is a "fun and easy way to share ideas on a website" and after a quick play, I'd have to agree.


Javascript NES emulator


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This javascript NES emulator (ported from vNES) is pretty amazing. It runs full speed in Chrome on a modern PC. Try it out, but make sure you have nothing else important to do this afternoon. :)