Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 17th Feb 2010 12:29 UTC
Editorial Recently, a story about people mistaking a news story for the Facebook login page has received considerable media attention. It's currently being seen by many as justification for the recent trend in locking people out of their computers for their own protection - but anyone with even basic mathematical skills and a calculator should come to the conclusion that this story has been blown way out of proportion.
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RE: Let me get this straight
by Laurence on Wed 17th Feb 2010 18:23 UTC in reply to "Let me get this straight"
Laurence
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These days common people are more used to a command line interface (= entering commands into Google) than a point and click GUI (= click on the bookmark)???

So the next time I install an operating system on someone's PC, I can just take the geekiest Linux distro that boots directly into bash and tell them "just google the app name"??


I'm a little disappointed with teh lack of attention your comment has received as I think you've nailed a home truth there.

Command line interfaces are easier to use because you describe what you're trying to do (like how you describe what you want to search for in Google).
GUIs, despite all the hype, demand users visualize things exactly as the GUI was designed - and not everybody does.

So logically, the next stage of usability isn't multi-touch, but "spoken-line interface" ( (C) 2010 by me ;) ) whereby the users describe the functions vocally and the GUI updates accordingly (I guess a bit like on Star Trek)

With advances in speech recognition, this idea is might already be practical....

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