Burning Smells - Indication of Trouble

Written by Thomas Yoon

What's that Burning Smell?

If you are running machinery, you will be asked this sooner or later. Machines produce heat. And heat produces burning smells. It's as simple as that! I am sure many of us can sense that something is not right when we smell burning. After all burning means overheating. Machines are not meant to overheat. But sometimes they do.


How to tackle this?

Is it fromrepparttar electrical source, orrepparttar 133439 mechanical source? Is there an overload inrepparttar 133440 electrical circuits? Is there a loose electrical connection somewhere? How about mechanical? Arerepparttar 133441 moving parts lubricated well? Doesrepparttar 133442 lubrication oil takerepparttar 133443 heat away?

On the Importance of Good User Interface Design

Written by V. Berba Velasco Jr.

It seems obvious, but it’s often ignored. A good user interface design can spellrepparttar difference between acceptance of a software product and its failure inrepparttar 133438 marketplace. Ifrepparttar 133439 end-users findrepparttar 133440 software to be too cumbersome or difficult to understand, then an otherwise excellent product could be doomed to failure. The developer’s goal should be to makerepparttar 133441 software as professional-looking and easy to use as possible.

Sadly, I’ve found that a great many companies—especially small or highly specialized software firms—pay little attention torepparttar 133442 mechanics of good user interface style. “As long as it works, that’s what matters!” seems to be their mantra, with little regard forrepparttar 133443 inconvenience that this imposes onrepparttar 133444 user.

Thankfully, that’s not how we operate at our company. Our team of developers invests considerable effort into making out user interfaces as intuitive and foolproof as possible, since we know that this is something our customers would appreciate. I’ve often commended my teammates for recognizing that excellence is worth pursuing.

Going back torepparttar 133445 topic… I can’t remember how many times I’ve encountered software that was designed to work, but with little regard for ease of use. Ifrepparttar 133446 software forcesrepparttar 133447 operator to constantly consult a manual or a cheat sheet, then that’s a pretty good indication thatrepparttar 133448 user interface needs improvement. Similarly,repparttar 133449 software should allowrepparttar 133450 user to perform tasks quickly and efficiently, without sacrificing power and flexibility. This seems intuitive, and yet these considerations are so often lacking.

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