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19 Feb 2004 - 9:00am
10 years ago
5 replies
Dave Malouf

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 - 4:30am
jesse at

Need Help on Election Results Website & Mobile Service



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 - 11:19pm
10 years ago
3 replies
Dan Saffer

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 - 10:55pm
10 years ago
1 reply
George Schneiderman

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 - 7:38pm

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 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?




18 Feb 2004 - 1:52pm
Todd Warfel

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.

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

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 - 6:37am
Narey, Kevin

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.

17 Feb 2004 - 8:44pm
10 years ago
2 replies
Christian Simon

Looking within...

...for a finer point on HCI disciplines. Like many internet practitioners,
I've read the current discussions regarding social software and to a lesser
extent blogging phenomenon. Watching these new ideas develop into
businesses, I'm asking myself what drives their development? I know of
examples in business and marketing process that drive development. What are
they in HCI?

Not more then a few weeks and the windows source code leak is critiqued and
blog fodder. Like a collective on-line human factors research study.

16 Feb 2004 - 3:25pm
Juhan Sonin

Open Position: Sr. User Interface Engineer @ MITRE in Bedford, MA

Open Position for Senior User Interface Engineer
Contact: juhansonin at
Company: MITRE Corp (
Position location: Bedford, MA

The Sr. User Interface Engineer will be a key player in a talented
and engineering team dedicated to developing web, PDA, and OS-
based products.

12 Feb 2004 - 8:59pm
Dave Malouf

ADMIN RE: en français -A problem?

Juli and to the list community,

I am taking this subject off-list for now.

While I feel that Juli has a very good subject that needs to be
discussed, there are some mis-understandings and in fact a guidelines
violation in her posting that need some off-list sidebarring to occur.
Also, the business side of this list and the group that sponsors it is
not to be discussed on this list (see below).

In the meantime, I encourage openly the use of this list in whatever
language you like, but I cannot guarantee that there will be others who
will want to speak w/ you in that language.

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