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Killer User Onboarding Starts With A Story Want more people to adopt your product? Make sure you know what progress looks like in your user’s life, not just on their screen. Having a stellar user adoption rate is a beautiful thing. How to format plots for publication using ggplot2 (with some help from Inkscape) The following is the code from a presentation made by Rosemary Hartman to the Davis R Users’ Group. I’ve run the code through the spin function in knitr to produce this post. Download the script to walk through here. First, make your plot. Free State Tax filing online (all states) Welcome to Wealth Informatics! If this is your first time visiting the site, please start here. Updated on Feb 5, 2014 for Tax Year 2013. There are a lot of free e-file options for federal returns.

Big List of Usability Testing Resources :: By Amberly Dressler, Managing Editor :: Website testing has recently come in the spotlight when Facebook was criticized for experimenting with its news feeds. Some prominent website owners came to Facebook's defense, most notably one of dating website OkCupid's founders who, in summary, said that most website owners don’t know what they are doing, and they experiment on human beings to find the answers. “But guess what, everybody: if you use the Internet, you’re the subject of hundreds of experiments at any given time, on every site,” wrote OkCupid Co-Founder Christian Rudder. “That’s how websites work.” 10 Tips For Creating Good Looking Diagrams Using Inkscape After multiple attempts to find a good free diagraming application I think I have found a decent solution. I'm not creating enough diagrams to justify buying something expensive and I don't feel like finding a graphics designer to make Dia diagrams prettier. If you have a Mac you are probably not in as bad a situation since you can buy OmniGraffle for $79. But for those of us without a Mac or who are just very cheap I think the best solution starts with Inkscape.

3 steps to cut your cable bill by 90% This post comes from Brandon Ballenger at partner site Money Talks News. Cable companies have a dirty little secret: They're not really needed for TV anymore. Of course, that doesn't stop them from charging out the wazoo. User Experience Is More Than Design—It’s Strategy By Christopher Grant Ward Published: August 5, 2013 “Most technology companies and digital agencies don’t consider UX design roles to be part of strategic decision making. UX designers usually get hired to execute strategy decisions that others have already made.” User experience concerns much more than the design of elegant, usable products. By UX design , I’m referring to a broad range of skills, including creating personas, wireframes, specifications, information architectures, interaction flows, high-resolution comps, and prototypes; conducting user research, doing usability studies, and organizing content.

Ten Simple Rules for Writing a PLOS Ten Simple Rules Article Citation: Dashnow H, Lonsdale A, Bourne PE (2014) Ten Simple Rules for Writing a PLOS Ten Simple Rules Article. PLoS Comput Biol 10(10): e1003858. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003858 Editor: Fran Lewitter, Whitehead Institute, United States of America App Makes Checking In With Parents a Game Parents worried about their children's whereabouts no longer need to resort to tracking them like FedEx packages. A new alternative to smartphone monitoring, launching Wednesday, turns voluntarily staying in touch with parents into a game. "Our view is that what makes kids safer is communication and being close to their folks," says the new iPhone app's co-creator Matthew Bromberg, "And I don't want to know where my kid is on the map every single moment. I just want to know what's going on." Here's how the app, ImOK, works: Parents sign up for an account and send an activation code to other members of their families, who can then sign into the private network on their own phones. Adolescents check-in to the app in exchange for points.

What’s the difference between iOS and Android users? What does your choice of smartphone platform say about you? Do you crave the security and polished user experience Apple offers iPhone users, or do you dig the variety of devices you’ll find on the Android landscape, as well as the freedom to run software from whomever you choose? All these differences between the platforms end up attracting different kinds of users, and today we look at one survey that attempts to reveal some of the traits that are more likely to apply to iOS users than Android fans, and the other way around.

Don’t introduce your paper by saying that many people have long been interested in the topic (UPATEDx2) Scientific papers often start by noting that lots of people are interested in the topic: “Topic X is of wide interest in ecology”, or some similar phrase. Sometimes they also talk about changes over time in how many people are interested in the topic, for instance by writing “Topic X has long been of central interest in ecology” or “Much recent research in ecology considers topic Y”. Please, please don’t do this.*

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