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Posts Tagged 'user interface'

  1. Building the Perfect User Interface (Part 3)  • 
    We've got the two extremes of User Interface Hell: the world of the benevolent dictator, where your control over your environment is deceptively limited; and the world of ultimate freedom, where you've got so much control that your ability to get anything accomplish is equally limited. Both of those extremes are equally unlivable; and you'll notice that what those futures share in common is a lack of common-sense user interface.
  2. Building the Perfect User Interface (Part 2)  • 
    (Read Building the Perfect User Interface, Part 1.) In my first ramble about user interface, I used the toaster as an example of something that is erroneously thought to have a perfect user interface. Perhaps a more apropos example for most techies is the Internet search engine. Think of any piece of information you’d like […]
  3. Building the Perfect User Interface (Part 1)  • 
    When I set out to create the world for my Jump 225 Trilogy, as I’ve written elsewhere, I started with a few technological principles: Imagine that we have virtually inexhaustible sources of energy. Imagine that we have virtually unlimited computing power. Imagine that enough time has passed to allow the scientists to adequately take advantage […]
  4. My New Sony VAIO Laptop  • 
    A few days ago, I purchased a brand new Sony VAIO VGN-FZ140E notebook computer from the local Circuit City. It almost matches an Apple MacBook Pro for the coolness factor, even if it does come loaded with tons of unnecessary bloatware.
  5. Don’t Worry, Vista Will Handle It  • 
    Call me a masochist, but I installed Windows Vista on my home machine this past weekend. I wasn’t about to spend much money to get my rapidly aging Shuttle XPC Vista ready, so I simply opted to buy an $85 ATI Radeon video card that would let me run the Aero interface, however creakily. The […]
  6. Look Ma… No Program Menus!  • 
    It’s pretty much official at this point: Microsoft is ditching program menus. By program menus, I mean that narrow bar at the top of every program in MS Windows which usually starts with “File” and ends with “Help.” These menus have been a part of day-to-day computing experience since the first Macs in the ’80s, […]