Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 14th Apr 2013 18:22 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
Windows You can say what you will about Windows Phone and Windows 8's Metro interface (I refuse to drop that name) - it's inefficient, unpopular, cumbersome, beautiful, ugly, organised, clean, limiting - but there's one thing we can all agree on: it's unique and distinctive. CNet has published a profile of Microsoft's Albert Shum, the man behind Metro, and he highlights what I think is at the very core of Microsoft's problems in mobile right now.
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RE[5]: Graphical Clutter
by Flatland_Spider on Tue 16th Apr 2013 12:36 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Graphical Clutter"
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I agree with that. I don't think just any actor could play Ab Lincoln, and we don't have the instructions necessary to resurrect the dead. ;)

I saw great potential for silliness in that statement. ;)

Yes, most people can conciliate ducks, but essentially no one can figure it out without instruction.

It also takes for granted the knowledge we've acquired over out lifespans. Of course people living in 2013 know what an icon is or how to send an email, these are just things that we've come to accept as normal, general knowledge.

The key is "come to accept as normal". We've forgotten that at some point someone explained what an icon is and what is necessary to send an email. Everything we know is from instructions passed down from someone else beginning with the person who originated the concept or idea.

The only things we can do without instruction are excrete waste, breath, and feed, maybe. Everything else, we've learned.

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