Pseudo Data Structure for Strava and Komoot

Strava and Komoot can be used to plan bicycle trips and to record them. Both tools can be used for both purposes, but it seems that Strava is better for the recording and Komoot better for the planning. Btw. it works also for walking or running, for example. But I will stick with the bicycle …

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Addresses

Postal addresses seem to be easy: – Name and/or Company – Street and/or PostBox – ZIP Code – Municipality – Country This is true in Germany or Switzerland and a few other countries. I would like to add, that in some large buildings it can be a good idea to add the apartment number, but …

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How far to go with internationalization?

I had some experience with mobile apps in Sweden. Since I know Swedish, I did not bother to find out, if they support other languages. But they were potentially important and useful, but implicitly required a domicile in Sweden. More concrete, the apps that I was interesting in using were „Dalatrafik“ and „Swish“. Swish is …

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Some thoughts about Usability

Just from the users perspective, some thoughts and experiences concerning usability… I have to pay my phone bill every month. It is one for phone, internet, and everything, but it needs to be payed. It is mostly used for the company, so it is paid by my company and I need a proper invoice and …

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Ketchup or Milestone

Bicycles have potentially very accurate speedometers. They measure distances to an accuracy of usually ten meters and they do this by counting the rotations of the front wheel. Now we can go into physics and see if the front wheel slips significantly, but I would not expect that to be relevant. What is a bit …

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Phone Numbers and E-Mail Addresses

Most data that we deal with are strings or numbers or booleans and combinations of these into classes and collections. Dates can be expressed as string or number, but have enough specific logic to be seen as a fourth group of data. All these have interesting aspects, some of which have been discussed in this …

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Tip: how to make Thunderbird use ISO Date Format

After an upgrade, my Thnderbird started to use a weird US-date format and forgot my setting for this. I did not find any setting either. But this seems to work fine: Create a shell script #!/bin/bash export LC_TIME=sv_SE.utf8 export LC_DATE=sv_SE.utf8 exec /usr/bin/thunderbird and make sure that this gets called when thunderbird is started instead of …

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Usability: ATMs

It is interesting, how difficult it can be to use a simple device such as an ATM („bankomat“ in most languages). Sometimes it is just annoying, sometimes it is really hard to get the machine working properly at all… So what are the typical use cases? I would say, 90% of the time the intention …

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The magic trailing space

When comparing string, of course spaces count as well and they should count. To ignore them, we can normalize strings. Typical white space normalization includes the following (Perl regular expressions): /[ \t]+/ /g replace any sequence of tabs and spaces used to separate content by one space. /\r\n/\n/g replace carriage return + linefeed by linefeed …

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Usability of Ticket Vending Machines

Most of us know ticket vending machines that are used for public transport. While people who often buy a similar ticket usually have no trouble using them, it can become quite hard for functions that we rarely use or for people who only rarely use the ticket vending machines. Why is it so hard to …

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