Discussion Archive: September 2004

13 Sep 2004 - 1:18am
12 years ago
2 replies
Jef Raskin

RE: Games And Music

On Sep 12, 2004, at 7:07 PM, hans samuelson wrote:

>>> it might be just as interesting to make control as difficult as
>>> possible.
>> "interesting" possibly. Especially to a sadist. Otherwise a stupid
>> idea.
> Not much for nuance, are we? Joel is a rather nice man, and not
> stupid at all.

No insult intended, I didn't say a word about the gentleman.

12 Sep 2004 - 11:39pm
12 years ago
6 replies
Nick Ragouzis

Behaviour undone -- The fatal inversion in IxDs definition (was RE: PID: Personal Interface Definitions)

Okay, I've snipped stuff, but you've really got to have
these two paras together to relish the dish:

Dave Heller wrote:
> Jef Raskin wrote:
> > Monotony can arise in two ways: if there is one gesture
> > for a given action, the system is monotonous for that
> > action. If there are multiple ways of performing an action,
> > but each is used in a different context by a user, then
> > the system has been monotonized by the user.

12 Sep 2004 - 4:44pm
12 years ago
16 replies

New UI introductions

This came up at lunch today: What significant UI widget/method/approach has
been successfully introduced for wide adoption by an entity other than Apple
or Microsoft?

Nullius in Verba

12 Sep 2004 - 3:18pm
ji kim

Re: Discuss-interactiondesigners.com Digest, Vol 12, Issue 12

Hi Andrew,

I've been using Tablet PC (Toshiba - portege 3505) for about 2 years now.
If you are getting Tablet PC - I really recommend getting a hybrid (basically it's a laptop but if you swivel the screen, it becomes a tablet PC).
Battery power on Toshiba and tablet PCs are not that great, hopefully newer models are better.

As for softwares, there are not many choices out there.
Most of the times, I use MS Windows Journal for my sketching, but I have used sketching software from Corel and Alias.

11 Sep 2004 - 6:15pm
12 years ago
3 replies
Peng.Cheng at n...

RE: Games

It is interesting to think the fact that game is almost the only kind of computer application that is intended to be designed difficult to use. Why? my immediate thought is that all the other applications are tools for us to complete other tasks, so the physical control, the software UI ought to be designed intuitively, which means to cost as less coganitive effort as possible, so that user focus on the tasks rather the tools.

11 Sep 2004 - 5:22pm
12 years ago
19 replies

Tablet-based PC's - ?


I'm exploring the purchase of a tablet-based PC for
doing sketching, prototyping, and more.

10 Sep 2004 - 2:42pm
6 years ago
2 replies
Dave Malouf

The new Blackberry ... New keyboard style.

I haven't seen one close up and I know T-Mobile ain't the best service in
the world, but I just read the article on NY Times about the new blackberry
... http://www.blackberry.com/blackberry7100/index.shtml?CPID-ILC=nah7100t

It reduced its keyboard size, doubled up some letters and now there are only
20 keys (4 rows of 5), so that they reduced the width of the phone to be
less than that of a treo 600 by .1". The only place I see blackberry's are
at work.

10 Sep 2004 - 11:31am
Dave Malouf

"monotony" vs. "redundancy" (was RE: Cut and Paste vs. Move (was: Make it quantitative...))

I have to agree w/ what Jenifer said regarding monotony vs. redundancy in a

Even w/in my own habbits I do things in so many different ways.
Take the "back button" in a browser.
I have a thumb click on my mouse, I have alt+leftArrow, and I have well the
back button. Oh!

10 Sep 2004 - 7:26am
Marc Rettig

Hole-in-the-wall project

Some of you will enjoy knowing about the Hole In the Wall project:

The nub of the gist (from worldchanging.com):
The concept is so simple that it stands on it's own.

Put a computer where kids can use it. Leave them alone. That's it.

When you think about it, children learn best out of curiosity. If you
make a child do something on a computer, it's work. When they get to do
it on their own - it's play.

10 Sep 2004 - 4:21am
12 years ago
4 replies
H Taylor

re: Degree for IxD or related

Hi Mark.

I've looked around at IxD related education a bit. While I certainly
haven't been completely exhaustive, most of it seems to be at grad
school level. I believe there are a few undergraduate programs
(Rensselaer's "Minds and Machines" program, for instance), but I'm not
sure how many people you'll find how have "IxD" undergraduate degrees.

The "or related" part opens up some opportunities for you, however.