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Form Validation Errors – don’t embarrass your users

Does it seem fair to scold the user for the errors they make while filling in a form? Are they even “errors”? The term “Error” and the usual associated red colouring is remarkably negative. Almost like accusing the user of spilling blood by making a typo or misunderstanding a field’s intended purpose. Okay, perhaps that’s […]

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Tech Tips Web

How To Upload Video From Google Photos To YouTube

Because Google apparently hate their users (including paying customers), it’s no longer possible to upload videos directly from their own service photos.google.com to their own service youtube.com, but you can share from the app to YouTube. So while it automatically uploads (backs up) to their servers, you will have to endure a slow concurrent upload […]

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Musings Rant

Catharsis – the release of frustration or a dangerous trap?

How many times have you complained about something and felt better afterwards?
At least once a week probably.
A problem shared is a problem halved, right?

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Software Tech Tips

How to change notification sounds per app

There are many articles online explaining how to change the default notification sound, but I found it hard to find one which explains how to do it for individual / specific apps. There are many articles which simply (and unhelpfully) say that the app should have its own settings, so for those that don’t, here’s […]

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Musings Rant

The NatWest Card Reader, part deux (I didn’t change banks)

My last post on the subject (a fraction over 10 years ago!) garnered a lot of comments for what was essentially just a rant, and it turned out to be somewhat unfounded and sensationalistic. I’m still with NatWest, their online banking is still very good and their app is the best, and I’ve rarely had to […]