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12 May 2004 - 2:58pm
Christian Simon

Subject: Re: what is this, Usenet? Macs vs. all others

> Apple
> was repeatedly cited as an example of everything you'd want your brand
> to be: known, consistent, clear, attractive.

Apple also positions very well in their markets, because they take risks
that other companies dare not. Apple was ditching the 3.5 floppy while Win
was still using it to boot their BIOS. And, Apple was head-to-head with Sony
with the standardization of FireWire and USB when PCs were still using
serial connections for their keyboards.

12 May 2004 - 9:26am
Michael Bartlett

Re: what is this, Usenet? Macs vs. all others (w as "web design")

That's exactly it Todd and I would agree with you. Every day on the tube I
have at least 2 or 3 fellow iPod cowboys - just in my carriage. So to say
Apple is unsuccessful is a little, well, silly really. You could, however,
say that Apple have been unsuccessul in their desktop penetration in
relation to Microsoft. The fact that they are one of the World's most
recongised brands is, without doubt, a feather in their cap and indeed they
are successful.

12 May 2004 - 8:02am
12 years ago
10 replies
Ben Speaks

Latency Guidelines


I am looking for human factors guidelines related to latency thresholds.
Specifically, for hardware input devices that interact with graphic
based interfaces (for example the mouse to a computer screen). When a
user interacts with an interface what are their expectations in
milliseconds for feedback?

I have found a lot of published stuff from manufactures where they
provide latency guidelines for their own devices but I am having less
luck finding the studies and research that support such guidelines.

11 May 2004 - 2:51pm
12 years ago
1 reply
Andrew Otwell

Re: what is this, Usenet? Macs vs. all others (was "web design")

>>Mac does *not* have a wide following. It is *not*
>>> successful. It influences the world in a very tiny
>>> way, [...]

> So the Mac might not have a huge market share, but
> (still) has a disproportionate influence.

Interestingly Apple, as opposed to just Macintosh, has an enormous
influence on how technology products are branded and marketed. As a
"lovemark", Apple occupies the unusual position of being a hugely
successful brand without competing at the same level of economic success
as its competitors.

11 May 2004 - 12:28pm
Patrick Caldwell

Job opening

I don't know if this is proper list etiquette but there is a position open
in my organization for a Senior Usability Engineer.
<> . Thought it would be nice to get it out to people
interested in this list.

11 May 2004 - 8:24am
Todd Warfel

Re: Longhorn [was: web design]

I recently saw a demo of the New Longhorn OS. It was more polished than
XP, which still reminds me of Fisher Price for some reason. MS was
running the demo of LH against XP launching several videos
simultaneously. At four videos, XP crapped out. LH was able to handle
the four videos albeit a bit sluggish.

10 May 2004 - 6:50pm

interaction design contracting opportunity


You've heard me comment on stuff on this the question is, do you
want to work with me and argue about design in person? (and, if someone
wants to proof the grammar in this email and let me know how poor it is,
feel free)

My two person design consultancy , Sliced Bread Design (
<> is looking
for people for short and long term contracts.

10 May 2004 - 10:14am
Ben Speaks

Summary - Usability War Stories


Recommendations are summarized below:

Book title: "The Human Factor"
Author: Kim Vicente

Book title: "Set Phasers on Stun"
Author: Stephen J.

6 May 2004 - 1:24pm
Frank Elley

Web Editor / IA Job Opportunity, SF Bay Area

Apologies ... I hope this isn't spam-ish.

6 May 2004 - 8:52am
12 years ago
16 replies
Michael Bartlett


To fork the conversation...

Three questions, Elizabeth (Elizabeth is our primary persona!):

1. Why not Outlook?
2. What do you use instead?

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