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: The art of reading
by AnythingButVista on Thu 18th Feb 2010 00:16 UTC in reply to "The art of reading"
AnythingButVista
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2008-08-27

The biggest problem is that people do not read. If one reads what is presented on ones screen, one knows what to do in about 98% of the cases. Even my mother who is 89 years old re-installed Skype after a problem because it was clearly stated on screen that that would help, I quote "of cause I did that, I can read can't I". She is no academic. So this has little to do with computers or geeks but with the simple capability to read.

Unfortunately, today's computer user interfaces focus less and less on reading and writing, and instead encourage users to touch onscreen pictures the way preschool kids do. Computers should not be dumbed down but they shouldn't dumb down users either!

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