Linked by Nicholas Blachford on Wed 11th Aug 2004 07:53 UTC
Editorial Computers are complex systems but it's a mistake to assume they need to be complex to use. However, usability is not as easy as it may first seem. It is a different discipline from software development lacking the strict logic or having a "right way". There are only differing requirements and differing collections of guidelines. Making things easy is difficult.
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how about
by hobgoblin on Wed 11th Aug 2004 14:14 UTC

we go the star trek way? touchscreens and so on rather then the old fashion mouse? that way we see button, press button, something happens.

then there is allso what functions to hide and what functions to show. this is a real problem as some people may want that function readily available but others find it useless. problems is that while they can customize their own computers interface, when the move to someone elses they will find it totaly unfamiliar.

hmm, i would if we should make personal computers realy personal. as in body computers. the main body, the one with wifi connector, bluetooth for input and output devices, storage and the cpu itself should be about the size of a overgrown ipod:) then you have some sort of input device (maybe some sort of gesture glove or similar) and a output device (a small hud device consealed as a set of sunglasses or near sunglasses maybe). then there have to be a way for the bodycomps to exchange data over wifi (and by extension the net) so that one can cooperate and find nearby devices for use, the apple system should be nice here. need to print? move into range of a printer. need to show someone else what your working on. tell the person to have his bodycomp go into a kind of display mode so that what you do on your bc is mirrored on the display of his bc.

point is to make the computer truly personal. problem tho is battery life ;)