Matt Gardner

The Walkie Talkie of 2017

You press a button an instantly notify one or many people. You can broadcast to them without any hesitation. It's easy to miss what someone says. It's useful for real-time communication and for sharing jokes. It's distracting unless you turn it off, but people get upset when you do. You can yell in anyone's ear at any time. It feels bad to miss something. Uninterupted time is rare. It is Slack and any other chat app of 2017, but it's not their fault.

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The best free stuff on your birthday 🎉

Companies are always trying to get oyur attentio on your birthday by giving away free stuff from ice cream cones to coffee. Here's an ever updating list of stuff you can get for free on your birthday: Peets: Free Drink Starbucks: Free Drink Chevy's: Free Sombrero I've just started this list and could use your help. What did I miss? Tweet it at me here and I'll be happy to add it!

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Hulu and Security

This morning, I woke up to a surprising email: Wtf, this wasn't me. It must be a scam. I assumed it was just a phishing attempt that got through Gmail's filters. So I checked the headers and tried logging into hulu.com. Low and behold: my existing password was incorrect. Crap. Someone had gained control to my account. Hulu's "if you did not make this change yourself" link takes you to the reset password form, which requires your email address. Similar to most forgot password flows,

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Provide Feedback

When you click something and you see a spinner, you assume something is happening. When you press the elevator button, it lights up and the number at the top indicates the floor it's on. You can see it changing. All of this feedback was designed for peace of mind. To let you know something is happening. Feedback is good. It makes you feel accomplished. It puts you in the know; It keeps you updated. Albeit very old, Dominoes still does a great job with this. When

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