Ben Nadel
On User Experience (UX) Design, JavaScript, ColdFusion, Node.js, Life, and Love.
I am the chief technical officer at InVision App, Inc - a prototyping and collaboration platform for designers, built by designers. I also rock out in JavaScript and ColdFusion 24x7.
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David McGuigan

Member since Dec 11, 2008

Recent Blog Comments By David McGuigan

  • The User Experience (UX) Of Having One Computer Monitor

    Posted on May 13, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    @Sean, If you think higher resolution is bad, you either fundamentally misunderstand what resolution is or have a job that has pretty light performance requirements. There are *endless* benefits to higher resolution displays. If you've ever tried to write and debug code on a 13" MacBook Pro, fo... read more »

  • The User Experience (UX) Of Having One Computer Monitor

    Posted on May 12, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    @Ayhan, Not true. 4k will make a HUGE difference for computer use. It's basically a giant step up in resolution. So this t.v. for example: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/panasonic-65-class-64-1-2-diag--led-4k-ultra-hd-tv-2160p-120hz-smart-3d-hdtv/1751564.p?id=1219063233734&skuId=1751564&prod... read more »

  • The User Experience (UX) Of Having One Computer Monitor

    Posted on May 12, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    I'm with Ben, virtual desktops are the worst thing ever and only slow you down. In my opinion, fullscreen mode on OS X is just totally broken period. Having to wait and watch a frivolous animation just to toggle apps in and out of fullscreen and then to have them treated like separate desktops is si... read more »

  • The User Experience (UX) Of Having One Computer Monitor

    Posted on May 8, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    @Larry C., I know what you're talking about Larry, I tried to use DisplayLink adapters to add a 4th and 5th monitor to my Mac Pro a few years ago. Unfortunately the drivers for OS X just aren't there and responsiveness is pretty terrible. You may or may not be happy to know that USB 3 versions of th... read more »

  • The User Experience (UX) Of Having One Computer Monitor

    Posted on May 7, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Ughhhh! I just checked it and it's on sale for $1,500 off at Best Buy right now. $3,500 is a pretty amazing price point compared to its competition like the 30" Sharp that Apple.com sells. Maybe we're a lot closer than I thought.... read more »

  • The User Experience (UX) Of Having One Computer Monitor

    Posted on May 7, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    NXRK, the problem is no such thing yet as a "resonably large 4k monitor" that's within most humans' price range. There's a 39" Seiki, but it's limited to 30Hz so it's unusable as a computer monitor ( my opinion, I bought one and the cursor, animation, and keyboard input rendering lag... read more »

  • The User Experience (UX) Of Having One Computer Monitor

    Posted on May 6, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    @Ben, If you've never tried it... you owe it to yourself to RUN TO YOUR NEAREST HARDWARE STORE AND FIGURE OUT A WAY TO TRY PORTRAIT. Portrait also completely transforms web browsing. You can now see way, way, way more of a web site. Here's a quick demo: What I see in landscape: http://screencast.c... read more »

  • The User Experience (UX) Of Having One Computer Monitor

    Posted on May 5, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    https://scontent-a-iad.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash2/t1.0-9/309237_10100585945402689_1167965778_n.jpg I just can't feel as productive on a single monitor. I have 3 in portrait mode and 1 in landscape. The middle portrait is source code, and the luxury of portrait is that I can get 1000000% more source... read more »

  • After 2013, I'm Looking Forward To 2014

    Posted on Jan 2, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Ben. Ben Ben Ben Ben. Loved this post. Your attitude given the circumstances is so impressive that I'm sitting here feeling preposterously inspired. Not sure I've ever seen this side of you, but I feel like I could've written this post myself and it'd barely be different. Structure is everything, a... read more »

  • Determining Which Function Called This Function (Using ColdFusion)

    Posted on Dec 29, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    Does anyone know how to get the name of the variable/instance of a CFC you're calling a method on? I have x.cfc I create 2 instances of it, one named i1, one named i2. From within x.cfc.methodName, how do I get to the name of the instance executing it? Not sure this is possible, if not I'm goin... read more »

  • Most CSS Floats Can Be Replaced With Relative And Absolute Positioning

    Posted on Oct 4, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Much gracias.... read more »

  • Most CSS Floats Can Be Replaced With Relative And Absolute Positioning

    Posted on Oct 3, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    For someone that's severely neglected their front end layout skills, does anyone have a particular book or reference they'd like EXTREMELY recommend? I'm intermediate CSS for all intents and purposes except layout, so only looking for layout knowledge. Thanks.... read more »

  • Learning About Test-Driven Development (TDD) Using Tiny Test

    Posted on Jun 11, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Thanks guys, very helpful. I watched that video a few times too.... read more »

  • Tiny Test - An Exploration Of Unit Testing In ColdFusion

    Posted on Jun 6, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    I noticed that if two assertions fail the interface only reports the first. Is that by design? Just for simplicity? Thank you for making the report interface attractive. Also, loving the alt + tab feature btw, though it took me a while to find on the page ( I remembered it from when I first read th... read more »

  • Tiny Test - An Exploration Of Unit Testing In ColdFusion

    Posted on Jun 6, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Also, love that you've been on a mac forever now and you still call it alt tabbing. Been there.... read more »

  • Learning About Test-Driven Development (TDD) Using Tiny Test

    Posted on Jun 5, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    @Ben, Great info. I'll watch that as well as switch to Ruby ASAP, I didn't know there was such a thing as ... FEMALE DEVELOPERS ( kidding ). Thanks!... read more »

  • Learning About Test-Driven Development (TDD) Using Tiny Test

    Posted on Jun 4, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    "And, it really does give you a huge boost of confidence to know that you can change code and immediately know if you've broken something else." That's the biggest draw for me, but I can't help but think as I look at your code ( even though I get that it's contrived and for learning and d... read more »

  • Learning About Test-Driven Development (TDD) Using Tiny Test

    Posted on Jun 4, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    You're going to FREAK OUT if you ever move out of NY and experience the thrill of seeing a stop light go red to green from behind a steering wheel. Great post. I'm actually digging back into TDD too right now so this is great timing.... read more »

  • The UX Of Prototyping: Low-Fidelity Is The New High-Fidelity

    Posted on May 10, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    @Ben, I don't know man. Fireworks is a pretty spectacular tool. I always saw it as the superhero-like love child of Photoshop and Illustrator. It can do most of the things that each of them can do in a single app and most of the time ( opinion ) more obviously, smoothly, and accessibly, as well as ... read more »

  • The UX Of Prototyping: Low-Fidelity Is The New High-Fidelity

    Posted on May 10, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    P.S. If you ever can't figure out how to use an appropriate chunk of time you find, it'd be nice to be able to edit our comments. I have an OCD thing about misspellings hahaha ( ingenious ).... read more »