William Hudson | 3 Dec 14:10 2014
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December Update - Guerrilla UCD Winter Sale & Cross-Platform Mobile Development Course

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December Update: Guerrilla UCD Winter Sale: All webinars 75% off until 31-Dec-2014

 

We are offering a substantial 75% discount on downloadable videos and slides until the end of the year. Most webinars are now €13 / £11 / $17 plus we’ve made the Guerrilla UCD Boot Camp free as well as the overview (which has always been). So all 16 in the series will cost only €156 / £132 / $204 (plus VAT where applicable) with our 5-for-the-price-of-4 discount.

 

Use the “+ all” button at the bottom of the webinar basket to easily order the whole series and then choose your billing currency. Videos are in WMV format; slides are one-per-page PDFs.

 

New Course: Cross-Platform Mobile Development with Cordova and PhoneGap Build

 

Want to build for multiple mobile platforms but don’t know where to start? Our Guerrilla XPM (Cross Platform Development) course is intended for non-programmers and focusses on some of the most popular tools in the industry. Build once and deliver apps to Android, iOS and Windows Phone. So whether you need to address multiple platforms for internal use or for customers, look out for our 1-day course (online and face-to-face) coming next Spring. The only requirement is that you have some familiarity with web development. The outline is below.

 

Regards,

 

William (Hudson)
User Experience Strategist, Syntagm Ltd

Syntagm is a limited company registered in England and Wales (1985).

Registered number: 1895345. Registered office: 10 Oxford Road, Abingdon OX14 2DS.

 

Author of Lighting the Road Ahead – The 55 minute guide to usability, accessibility and SEO
www.lightingtheroadahead.com

 

Guerrilla UCD – Usability & User Experience Webinars
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Guerrilla XPM: Cross-Platform Mobile Development with Cordova and PhoneGap Build

 

1.       Why Cordova & PhoneGap Build? (90 min)

o   Background and benefits of cross-platform mobile (XPM) development

§  What is Cordova/PhoneGap and PhoneGap build?

§  History of Cordova/PhoneGap

§  PhoneGap Build versus native Cordova/PhoneGap

§  PhoneGap Build Examples

§  PhoneGap Build Process

§  Practical benefits of single-source development

§  Web app talent and support

o   Myths surrounding XPM

§  DISCUSSION – Native versus portable

§  Importance of native look and feel

§  Performance

§  Responsive web design

§  Access to device features

o   Is PhoneGap Build right for you?

§  Skills and tools required

§  Flexibility

§  API limitations (primarily advertising and in-app purchases)

§  DISCUSSION – Security for existing web sites and apps

§  Security

o   Summary

2.       Getting started with PhoneGap Build (90 min)

o   Minimum hardware and software requirements

§  Minimum edit & build requirements

§  Deployment requirements

§  Testing requirements

§  DISCUSSION – Development infrastructure

o   Developer agreements

§  Developer programmes

§  Security/signing certificates

§  Costs

o   Advertising and in-app purchase support

§  Ad servers

§  Local ads

§  In-app purchases

o   The PhoneGap Build process

§  Creating PGB projects

§  Code repositories

§  Upload and build

§  Testing

§  Deployment

o   ACTIVITY – Hello World web app

3.       Basics of PhoneGap and the HTML5 Canvas  (90 min)

o   Structure of a PhoneGap app using jQuery Mobile

§  HTML for jQuery mobile

§  JavaScript structure and style

§  Using other libraries

§  DISCUSSION – Other solutions

o   Creating games and handling graphics with the HTML5 canvas

§  Images and basic animation

§  Sprite sheets

§  Processing canvas contents

§  ACTIVITY – Hello World animation

4.       Using JavaScript libraries and PhoneGap plug-ins (90 min)

o   Popular JavaScript libraries

§  jQuery and jQuery Mobile

§  Sencha Touch

§  Ext js

§  AngularJS

§  Dojo Mobile

o   jQuery and jQuery Mobile in detail

§  Advantages of jQuery and jQuery Mobile

§  Basic jQuery services

§  JQM pages, popups and elements

§  Dynamic page layout

o   Native and third-party PhoneGap Build plugins

§  DISCUSSION – Device features

§  Accessing basic device features (network, GPS, accelerometer)

§  Advanced plugins (push notifications, sharing, Facebook, web browser)

§  Working examples

o   Network and file access

§  Using Ajax in PhoneGap

§  Ajax security issues

§  Ajax for file access

§  HTML5 file API

§  ACTIVITY – Remote ad content using Ajax

 

 

William Hudson | 18 Jul 11:54 2014
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Free User-Centred Design Webinars

In case you missed them the first time around, or have friends or colleagues who might be interested, the Interaction Design Foundation is repeating our 16 Guerrilla UCD webinars as three online courses (covering the three main sections). The courses, along with many others offered by the IDF, are free but you have to pay to join (around GBP 80, USD 140, EUR 100 – I can’t tell USD & EUR for sure since the site automatically shows my local currency).

 

Full details of the whole Guerrilla UCD series including the free one-hour overview can be found at www.guerrillaucd.com (the overview is also on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ3up_zIgXI).

 

To see details of the online course and join the IDF, visit https://www.interaction-design.org/courses/user-centred_design_-_module_1.html

 

Regards,

William Hudson
User Experience Strategist, Syntagm Ltd

UK 01235 522859

World +44 1235 522859

Skype williamhudsonskype

 

Guerrilla UCD – Usability and User-Experience Webinars for the Whole Team
www.guerrillaucd.com | <at> guerrillaucd

 

Syntagm is a limited company registered in England and Wales (1985)

Registration Number: 1895345 | 10 Oxford Road, Abingdon OX14 2DS (UK)

 

 

William Hudson | 9 May 11:40 2014
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Cross-Platform Mobile Apps and Agile UX at Jurmala Conference

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CROSS-PLATFORM MOBILE APPS

 

We’re currently working on a course, aimed at non-developers, for building cross-platform mobile apps using HTML5, JavaScript, JQuery Mobile and Adobe’s PhoneGap Build. It will answer questions such as whether this is the right approach for you and tie together some of the myriad threads you need to pick up to get started and to understand the benefits as well as the drawbacks.

 

Having done a lot of the groundwork already also means we are also in a position to offer mobile app development using the above tools – primarily for Android and iOS (phones and tablets) but also Windows Phone if required. If you’d like to see examples of what we’ve done so far, or of these tools in practical use, just visit the Google Play or Apple App stores and search for ‘syntagm’. Alternatively, see our apps web page at www.syntagm.co.uk/apps.htm

 

These are entertainment apps, but of course the principles can be applied to purely commercial requirements as well.

 

AGILE UX AT JURMALA CONFERENCE

 

Our two-day Persona-Driven Design workshop plus the half-day Agile UX & UCD course that we’ve just presented at the CHI conference in Toronto both feature in the programme of the second DevConFu conference in Jurmala, Latvia (near the capital, Riga). See www.devconfu.eu for further details and booking (look for sessions by William Hudson). The Persona-Driven Design workshop on 26/27 May precedes the conference which starts on the 28th.  Jurmala is a sea-side resort and hopefully the sea will be a little more welcoming than it was for the first conference in November!

 

Regards,

William Hudson
User Experience Strategist, Syntagm Ltd

UK 01235 522859

World +44 1235 522859

Skype williamhudsonskype

 

Guerrilla UCD – Usability and User-Experience Webinars for the Whole Team
www.guerrillaucd.com | <at> guerrillaucd

 

Syntagm is a limited company registered in England and Wales (1985)

Registration Number: 1895345 | 10 Oxford Road, Abingdon OX14 2DS (UK)

 

 

William Hudson | 21 Mar 16:16 2014
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Reminder: Card Sorting and Agile UX/UCD Courses at CHI 2014

(Early registration for the conference finished this week but you can add courses at any time.)

The full list of courses available at CHI 2014 in Toronto is available at
http://chi2014.acm.org/program/by-venue/courses 

I'm running two that I'd like to draw to your attention:

-          C07 Card Sorting for Navigation Design (but also of general application in research and design)

-          C13 Agile UX & UCD

These are half-day courses on Tuesday and Wednesday morning, respectively (29 & 30 April). Both were
fully-subscribed last year, so book early to avoid disappointment!

There are 23 others! If you've already registered, you can add courses by visiting your registration page.
For new registrations, just add them as part of the process. Visit https://www.regonline.com/register/login.aspx?eventID=1391976

Regards,

William Hudson
User Experience Strategist, Syntagm Ltd
Courses Co-Chair, CHI 2013 (Paris)
UK 01235 522859
World +44 1235 522859
Skype williamhudsonskype

Guerrilla UCD - Usability and User-Experience Webinars for the Whole Team
www.guerrillaucd.com |  <at> guerrillaucd

Syntagm is a limited company registered in England and Wales (1985)
Registration Number: 1895345 | 10 Oxford Road, Abingdon OX14 2DS (UK)

William Hudson | 4 Feb 11:00 2014
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February Update - Guerrilla UCD Live and Card Sorting

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February Update – Guerrilla UCD Live and Card Sorting

 

We now have a series of dates for our Agile User Experience and Persona-Driven Design workshops in London, Tallinn and Hamburg (March, April and May, respectively). These sessions are aimed at building better understanding of how to integrate user experience and user-centred design with Agile approaches (day 1) and walking participants through the entire design cycle with a practical project (days 2 & 3). Early booking for London runs until 24 February:

 

·         Day 1: Agile User Experience (how to do UX in lean and Agile ways to better fit with the development process)

·         Days 2 & 3: Persona-Driven Design (a two-day workshop taking participants from user research through to conceptual models and visual specifications)

 

Full details and booking are available online.

 

Guerrilla UCD at the Interaction Design Foundation

 

Our recorded Guerrilla UCD webinars are still going strong at the Interaction Design Foundation web site. All 16 webinars are presented as a course, free with the cost of membership (currently EUR 98 / GBP 80 / USD 150). Visit http://bit.ly/ixd-ucd for more details.

 

Also, our two courses at CHI 2014 in Toronto have been scheduled; they are Card Sorting for Navigation Design on Tuesday morning, 29 April and Agile User Experience and UCD on Wednesday morning, 30 April. Further details (and 23 more courses!) at http://chi2014.acm.org/program/by-venue/courses.

 

Card Sorting with SynCapsV3

 

Speaking of card sorting, we have news of two special offers on our card sorting analysis package for Windows, SynCapsV3. The first is that it is now free for academic use – all you need is an academic email address to obtain a free license during checkout (limited to one license per email address). The second is that UXPA members are now entitled to a 15% on SynCapsV3 licenses.

 

In both cases, just download and install the software. Then click Buy/Transfer to obtain a license. Visit www.syncaps.com for general information, videos and downloads or www.syncapsv3.com to jump straight to the V3 download.

 

Regards,

 

William (Hudson)
User Experience Strategist, Syntagm Ltd
Courses Co-Chair, CHI 2013 (Paris)


Syntagm is a limited company registered in England and Wales (1985).

Registered number: 1895345. Registered office: 10 Oxford Road, Abingdon OX14 2DS.

 

Author of Lighting the Road Ahead – The 55 minute guide to usability, accessibility and SEO
www.lightingtheroadahead.com

 

Guerrilla UCD – Usability & User Experience Webinars
www.syntagm.co.uk/guerrillaucd  | <at> GuerrillaUCD

 

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William Hudson | 10 Jan 12:06 2014
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January Update - Interaction Design Foundation and Guerrilla UCD Live!

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January Update – Interaction Design Foundation and Guerrilla UCD Live!

 

Happy 2014! We’re proud to announce that the Interaction Design Foundation is running our recorded Guerrilla UCD webinars as an online course, which is included in the cost of membership. So if you or your colleagues have been interested in the webinars but didn’t have the funds, now is the time to act. The cost is currently EUR 98 / GBP 80 / USD 150. Visit http://bit.ly/ixd-ucd for more details.

 

If you’d like some face time on UCD and Agile integration, we’re running a 3-day live event in London and Hamburg. The workshops will cover many of the topics addressed in by Guerrilla UCD Agile/Lean webinars, and also give participants a chance to get their hands dirty using techniques like personas and persona stories. The event consists of:

 

·         Day 1: Agile User Experience (how to do UX in lean and Agile ways to better fit with the development process)

·         Days 2 & 3: Persona-Driven Design (a two-day workshop taking participants from user research through to conceptual models and visual specifications)

 

Full details and booking are available online.

 

And finally, two of our courses have been accepted for the CHI 2014 conference in Toronto this Spring. More details to follow but see http://chi2014.acm.org/ if you’re interested in attending the conference.

 

Regards,

 

William (Hudson)
User Experience Strategist, Syntagm Ltd
Courses Co-Chair, CHI 2013 (Paris)


Syntagm is a limited company registered in England and Wales (1985).

Registered number: 1895345. Registered office: 10 Oxford Road, Abingdon OX14 2DS.

 

Author of Lighting the Road Ahead – The 55 minute guide to usability, accessibility and SEO
www.lightingtheroadahead.com

 

Guerrilla UCD – Usability & User Experience Webinars
www.syntagm.co.uk/guerrillaucd  | <at> GuerrillaUCD

 

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William Hudson | 5 Dec 17:48 2013
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December Update - Guerrilla UCD Live!

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December Update – Guerrilla UCD Live

 

We’re running a 3-day live event in London towards the end of March (24-26), that will cover many of the topics addressed in our Guerrilla UCD webinars, and also give participants a chance to get their hands dirty using techniques like personas and persona stories. The event consists of:

 

Day 1: Agile User Experience (how to do UX in lean and Agile ways to better fit with the development process)

Days 2 & 3: Persona-Driven Design (a two-day workshop taking participants from user research through to conceptual models and visual specifications)

 

Full details and booking are available online.

 

Don’t forget that we are also now into our December sale of Guerrilla UCD webinars - a substantial 75% discount on downloadable videos and slides until the end of the year. Most webinars are now €13 / £11 / $17 while all 16 in the series will cost only €162 / £137 / $212 with our 5-for-the-price-of-4 discount. Visit our webinar basket to order these for immediate access. Videos are in WMV format; slides are one-per-page PDFs.

 

With best wishes for the holiday season,

 

William (Hudson)
User Experience Strategist, Syntagm Ltd
Courses Co-Chair, CHI 2013 (Paris)


Syntagm is a limited company registered in England and Wales (1985).

Registered number: 1895345. Registered office: 10 Oxford Road, Abingdon OX14 2DS.

 

Author of Lighting the Road Ahead – The 55 minute guide to usability, accessibility and SEO
www.lightingtheroadahead.com

 

Guerrilla UCD – Usability & User Experience Webinars
www.syntagm.co.uk/guerrillaucd  | <at> GuerrillaUCD

 

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William Hudson | 20 Nov 11:51 2013
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November Update - Guerrilla UCD Winter Sale

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November Update – Guerrilla UCD Winter Sale: All webinars 75% off until 31-Dec-2013

 

With the completion of recording for 2013, we are offering a substantial 75% discount on downloadable videos and slides until the end of the year. Most webinars are now €13 / £11 / $17 while all 16 in the series will cost only €162 / £137 / $212 with our 5-for-the-price-of-4 discount.

 

Use the “+ all” button at the bottom of the webinar basket to easily order the whole series and then choose your billing currency. Videos are in WMV format; slides are one-per-page PDFs.

 

The full series is listed below. Several of the Agile & Lean UCD webinars (13-15) include persona stories – see www.personastories.com for my ACM Interactions article on this topic.

 

1. Guerrilla UCD Boot Camp

2. Visual Design for Usability

3. Navigation & Menu Design

4. Designing for SEO & Accessibility

5. Human Error, Messages & Feedback

6. Usability Evaluation

7. User-Centred IA with Card Sorting

8. Dynamic Web Pages: Effective Use of Ajax

9. Writing Effective Web & Intranet Content

10. Designing for Advanced Users

11. Persuasion, Trust and Seduction

12. Making the Case for UCD in Agile

13. Integrating UCD & Agile

14. Agile UX: Users, Personas & Design Maps

15. Agile UX: Use Cases, Stories & Scenarios

16. Agile UX: Conceptual Models

 

Regards,

 

William (Hudson)
User Experience Strategist, Syntagm Ltd
Courses Co-Chair, CHI 2013 (Paris)


Syntagm is a limited company registered in England and Wales (1985).

Registered number: 1895345. Registered office: 10 Oxford Road, Abingdon OX14 2DS.

 

Author of Lighting the Road Ahead – The 55 minute guide to usability, accessibility and SEO
www.lightingtheroadahead.com

 

Guerrilla UCD – Usability & User Experience Webinars
www.syntagm.co.uk/guerrillaucd  | <at> GuerrillaUCD

 

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William Hudson | 8 Oct 16:39 2013
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October Update - Guerrilla UCD, New Article and Events

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October Update – Guerrilla UCD, New Article and Events

 

We’ve almost wrapped up Guerrilla UCD for this year. If you missed any of the earlier webinars or cannot make some of the upcoming dates, you’ll be able to download the slides and recording from the My Webinars section of www.guerrillaucd.com.

 

Lean & Agile Webinars (12 Sep – 17 Oct)

12. Making the Case for UCD in Agile (now available as a recording)

13. Integrating UCD & Agile (now available as a recording)

14. Agile UX: Users, Personas & Design Maps (now available as a recording)

15. Agile UX: Use Cases, Stories & Scenarios (10 Oct)

16. Agile UX: Conceptual Models (17 Oct)

 

You can get a quick overview of the webinars and dates for upcoming sessions by visiting http://www.syntagm.co.uk/cgi-bin/basket.pl

 

New Article: I have an article coming up in the Nov-Dec issue of the ACM Interactions magazine called ‘User Stories Don’t Help Users: Introducing Persona Stories’. I hope the title says it all but if you need further clues, the I describe numerous deficiencies with user stories (from a user-centred design perspective) and explain how moving to ‘persona stories’ improves user experience. You can read a draft of the article (with full references lacking in the published article) at www.personastories.com.

 

I’ll be talking about persona stories at several events:

-          Persona-Driven Design Workshop, 22/23 Oct, Riga (http://devtraining.eu/persona-driven-design)

-          UCD 2013, 8/9 Nov - London (http://2013.ucduk.org)

-          Talk at DEVCONFU in Riga, 13 Nov, Latvia (http://devconfu.eu/events/devconfu-in-riga)

-          Talk at interaction2014, 5-8 Feb 2014, Amsterdam (to be confirmed, http://interaction14.ixda.org)

 

If you’re in striking distance of London, do have a look at the UCD 2013 conference. It was very well received last year (as UCD 2012!). Early booking discounts are still available.

 

Regards,

 

William (Hudson)
User Experience Strategist, Syntagm Ltd
Courses Co-Chair, CHI 2013 (Paris)


Syntagm is a limited company registered in England and Wales (1985).

Registered number: 1895345. Registered office: 10 Oxford Road, Abingdon OX14 2DS.

 

Author of Lighting the Road Ahead – The 55 minute guide to usability, accessibility and SEO
www.lightingtheroadahead.com

 

Guerrilla UCD – Usability & User Experience Webinars
www.syntagm.co.uk/guerrillaucd  | <at> GuerrillaUCD

 

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William Hudson | 4 Sep 15:56 2013
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September Update - Guerrilla UCD: Lean & Agile UX

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September Update – Guerrilla UCD: Lean & Agile UX

 

Guerrilla UCD has moved into the final phase for this year. If you missed any of the earlier webinars or cannot make some of the upcoming dates, you’ll be able to download the slides and recording from the My Webinars section of www.guerrillaucd.com. Also, this year you will have access to the 2012 resources as soon as you sign up for a 2013 webinar.

 

Lean & Agile Webinars (12 Sep – 17 Oct)

12. Making the Case for UCD in Agile

13. Integrating UCD & Agile

14. Agile UX: Users, Personas & Design Maps

15. Agile UX: Use Cases, Stories & Scenarios

16. Agile UX: Conceptual Models

 

You can get a quick overview of the webinars and dates for upcoming sessions by visiting http://www.syntagm.co.uk/cgi-bin/basket.pl

 

Regards,

 

William (Hudson)
User Experience Strategist, Syntagm Ltd
Courses Co-Chair, CHI 2013 (Paris)


Syntagm is a limited company registered in England and Wales (1985).

Registered number: 1895345. Registered office: 10 Oxford Road, Abingdon OX14 2DS.

 

Author of Lighting the Road Ahead – The 55 minute guide to usability, accessibility and SEO
www.lightingtheroadahead.com

 

Guerrilla UCD – Usability & User Experience Webinars
www.syntagm.co.uk/guerrillaucd  | <at> GuerrillaUCD

 

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William Hudson | 4 Jun 11:07 2013
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June Update – Card Sorting and Guerrilla UCD

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June Update – Card Sorting and Guerrilla UCD

 

Our SynCapsV3 Spring Sale continues. It is the world’s most comprehensive card sorting analysis package and works equally well for online sorts (for WebSort or Optimal sort) and paper sorts. Until the end of June, you can receive a 25% discount by entering the promotion code ‘SPRING13’.

 

Guerrilla UCD has moved into the tactics phase. If you missed any of the strategy webinars or cannot make some of the upcoming dates, you’ll be able to download the slides and recording from the My Webinars section of www.guerrillaucd.com. Also, this year you will have access to the 2012 resources as soon as you sign up for a 2013 webinar.

 

Tactics Webinars (starting 23 May)

7. User-Centred IA with Card Sorting

8. Dynamic Web Pages: Effective Use of Ajax

9. Writing Effective Web & Intranet Content

10. Designing for Advanced Users

11. Persuasion, Trust and Seduction

 

Our Lean and Agile webinars start on 12 Sep after a summer break. You can get a quick overview of the webinars and dates for upcoming sessions by visiting http://www.syntagm.co.uk/cgi-bin/basket.pl

 

I hope this is of interest. If not, please just reply to let me know.

 

Regards,

 

William (Hudson)
User Experience Strategist, Syntagm Ltd
Courses Co-Chair, CHI 2013 (Paris)


Syntagm is a limited company registered in England and Wales (1985).

Registered number: 1895345. Registered office: 10 Oxford Road, Abingdon OX14 2DS.

 

Author of Lighting the Road Ahead – The 55 minute guide to usability, accessibility and SEO
www.lightingtheroadahead.com

 

Guerrilla UCD – Usability & User Experience Webinars
www.syntagm.co.uk/guerrillaucd  | <at> GuerrillaUCD

 

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