Are you my friend? Social norms versus market norms

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We are motivated to do good, even great, things for friendship (social norms) and we expect to pay for commercial goods (market norms), but when we mix these, bad things happen in our social lives and for companies that get this wrong.

Microsoft Word Index Entries Out of Order

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If you’re Word 2000 index is out of alphabetical order, the culprit could be a semicolon in my the text of an index entry. If you do that, it throws a wrench in the works.

The Magic Word to Get What You Want

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We all know one “magic word”. Please works well, but there’s another word that you must know if you want to get your way and must recognize if you want to be less susceptible to manipulation.

Getting Roboform Default Logins to Work Right

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2019 UPDATE: I quit using Roboform many years ago and realized this ancient post still gets traffic. I’m sure Roboform still works fine, but I tested and preferred Lastpass. I switched over around 2010 and have been with it ever since, though with recent price hikes (now $36/year for Premium), I’m less enamored. That said, […]

Bailing Your Boat: Clearing Problem Floats

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Floats can be incredibly frustrating when they don’t work as you expect and they often don’t. The normal way allows for you to create drop caps, meaning the floated element sticks out beyond the borders of the containing box. Usually, though, you don’t want that when building web layouts and there are better ways to fix it than by adding an element with clear:both; Here’s one good method and a comprehensive list of links on the subject.

Take Control of Popups in Firefox

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By default Firefox comes with a popup blocker enabled that prevents popups from automatically opening, that is the ones that you don’t specifically request, but that open just because you visit a page. So that’s fine. That problem is solved. What is more annoying is legitimate popups that are actually useful, but which are very […]

Uninstall a Service in Vista, Repair Adobe CS3 and Clean Up the Registry

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I totally messed things up with a botched uninstall of Adobe CS3 [update: although, as you’ll see below, some people have used this on Adobe CS4 as well and I would bet this works for CS5 too]. Basically, all I was trying to do was get rid of the absurd and unnecessary Version Cue Server, […]