Discussion Archive: February 2004

19 Feb 2004 - 10:01am
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Lyle_Kantrovich...
2004

FAV button and M&M's

I wrote a bit about a TV remote control feature called "QuadraSurf" a
while back. It takes the FAV button idea a bit further - in a very
useful way.

19 Feb 2004 - 9:17am
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10 years ago
4 replies
Jim Hoekema
2004

FAV button

Dave wrote: " Would it kill them to make a remote that is backlit like a
phone touch pad?"

The FAV button began life as ALT for "Alternate Channel" which simply
toggled between two channels. Some TVs let you define the function to be
either a toggle or a string of "favorites" (though more a dozen does get
cumbersome when you can only go one way). Some TVs actually put something up
on the screen, so you can summon the list and then pick... but then the
labor-saving aspect starts to seem shaky.

The FAV or ALT button has always been more popular in the U.S.

19 Feb 2004 - 8:42am
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10 years ago
1 reply
CD Evans
2004

Nice article on the design of the Tivo remote controlin tomorrow's Times

At 9:00 am -0500 19/2/04, David Heller wrote:
>When is someone going to realize that people watch TV w/ dimmed or no lights
>on? How often I've been watching a DVD or something off the DVR and I get a
>call and I can't find the stupid PAUSE button. Would it kill them to make a
>remote that is backlit like a phone touch pad?

I've seen backlit remotes here in the Uk. But they were those 'any
type of machine' ones that likely take a month to set up and never
really work.

19 Feb 2004 - 8:00am
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10 years ago
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Dave Malouf
2005

Nice article on the design of the Tivo remote controlin tomorrow's Times

When is someone going to realize that people watch TV w/ dimmed or no lights
on? How often I've been watching a DVD or something off the DVR and I get a
call and I can't find the stupid PAUSE button. Would it kill them to make a
remote that is backlit like a phone touch pad?

Otherwise, I agree w/ Nielly about the FAV button.
What I wanted for a FAV button was something that limited my GUIDE, not
something that went up (you can't go backwards) a shortened chain. Why is
that? Well Ok, I love TV, right? My FAV list turns out to have hmmm?

19 Feb 2004 - 3:30am
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jesse at tiaong.com
2004

Need Help on Election Results Website & Mobile Service

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Hello,

I would appreciate any help by way of links to any online resource or
documents that describe models of best practices for designing a
service for delivering national election results.

I am involved in a project that is developing the website and an
SMS-based service for delivering the national and local election
results, starting on the day of elections all the way to the final
count, for the upcoming May elections in the Philippines.

The results will be for all the candidates for th 14 national
positions and 17,662 local positions.

18 Feb 2004 - 10:19pm
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10 years ago
3 replies
Dan Saffer
2003

HCI vs. Interaction Design (was Re: Looking within...)

Pardon the intrusion into this otherwise unrelated topic, but I find it
interesting that you are using the term HCI (Human-Computer
Interaction) as synonymous with interaction design.

18 Feb 2004 - 9:55pm
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10 years ago
1 reply
George Schneiderman
2004

Nice article on the design of the Tivo remote control in tomorrow's Times

There's a nice article in tomorrow's NYT (2/19/04) on the design of the
Tivo remote control.

18 Feb 2004 - 6:38pm
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sandeepblues
2003

Box-select operation design

I have a map-based drawing application where many
thousands of zones are drawn by the user.

When manipulating these zones, using standard mouse
gestures, it is particularly difficult to deal with
performing a box-select operation, because there is no
background to click on...it is covered with zones.

The common result is that when the user does
box-select a set of zones, another zone gets moved,
instead. Very annoying.

Is there a mouse gesture convention for this?

Alt+drag?

Thanks.

Sandeep

18 Feb 2004 - 12:52pm
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Todd Warfel
2003

Informal IA Summit Dinner

Cast your vote below.

What is it?
An informal meet and greet during the IA Summit. A chance to get to
know some of the people we've all been interacting with on-line, or in
person. It's not sponsored by IA Summit. It's just something that a
bunch of us wanted to do.

When?
Saturday night, Feb 28th.
Time: TBD, but I'm thinking 7pm.

Where?
That's where you guys all come in. I've received a number of
suggestions. Here's the list - all are within walking distance. Please
send your vote back to me by Thursday at 5pm.

18 Feb 2004 - 5:37am
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Narey, Kevin
2004

process modelling tools

I'd be interested to know what the views of the list members are on process
modelling tools.

Whilst the theoretical benefits of modelling an entire enterprises processes
are apparent (after huge investment), the tools with which the models are
displayed leave a lot to be desired.

I am often given process maps to interpret business requirements from and
whilst they are useful for screen design, they often fall woefully short of
having any tangible benefit to the software architect.