Hi Nokia!

I spend a few weeks back in the late 90’s in Espoo & Helsinki Finland installing and configuring some web apps that I developed which were deployed behind their firewall. Nokia was great and Helsinki was tremendous.

Recently one or two of my posts must have been linked on some internal nokia site. This blog doesn’t get a lot of traffic so I notice when a new set of referrers pop up.

Can any Nokia folks leave a comment and let me know which post(s) are linked at this URL:


Quick tip: keyboard shortcuts in FireFox

Would you like to have a keyboard shortcut that lead you directly to your company’s Basecamp dashboard, ESP, or your Bank’s login page? You can, its easy and it will save the lives of thousands of kittens a year.
This feature has been in FF for a while but it is kind of buried in the interface,  here’s how you do it.

Creating shortcuts for urls

  1. Bookmark a site
  2. Open the bookmark organizer and find then select the bookmark you created. Locate the “More” UI control (its in the bottom left of the right hand pane)
  3. Enter your “keyword” (this will be the shortcut that brings you to the bookmarked URL).
  4. Goto a FireFox window, CMD-L puts the focus in the location bar area. Type your keyword, hit enter. And, you’re there.

Consider the default case

When websites evolve and acquire new features it is important to handle “default cases” well. When I registered for the site in this image, the site’s designers had implemented a very basic personal profile, screen name, email and password; later they added additional details such as “Full Name”.

As an early registrant in the system, my account had no “Full Name” associated with it so the “My Account“ interface needs accommodate for a default case of a “user of the system who doesn’t have a full name”. How’d they do? Every been greeted in real-life like this: “Hi None”.

Possible Improvements:

  • In the opening paragraph, change “Hi None” to “Welcome back”.
  • Under account information, if the user doesn’t have a full name in the system, don’t display “None | Change my name” (‘my’ name is not ‘None’). Instead, just provide an “Add you name”.