Linked by Kostis Kapelonis on Mon 29th Nov 2004 18:55 UTC
Editorial The IT sector today is a complete mess. The end-users rarely understand this, but most insiders reach a point when they realize that things should be different. The problems are numerous but they all reduce to a basic principle. IT and consumer electronics companies are interested more about money than helping people solve their problems. Of course companies need to make a profit and nobody denies that. They should however make money by helping people and not by creating more problems for them.
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by hobgoblin on Tue 30th Nov 2004 09:37 UTC

mostly the problem is this: the system as it stand now is app senterd, not task senterd.

haystack is approaching the right idea. rather then haveing to think about useing a browser to view the web and a mail program to send mail you should have a "address" area similar to a browser that was allways present. write a email address into this and the main window would show a "new mail" gui. if you want to write a new document you should be able to have a new.. entry on a menu, select document there and up pops the gui for that task. on one side of the screen (the bottom is the totaly wrong place to put a true task bar as it have to do more then list the windows that are currently open) you have a task bar that show two scroll arrows and every task that you have not saved, or sendt or in a similar way completed is shown by a big box showing the file name and some basic buttons (save and discard change for documents of diffrent kinds, send or discard for mails and similar). i can allready hear the mac fanatics shouting but please...

basicly the task bar should do more then just list the currently active apps. it should be the primary interface for basic interaction with the tasks at hand. no need to look for a save button inside the gui as its allways on the task entry in the task bar.

saveing ones pr change is a bad idea. someone ones told me that the imageing app that ships with windows saves a image every time you change something to it. problem is that if you save a lossy format many times over it over time becomes a mess. just use that app to rotate a image and you will see the problem.

right now the computer desktop can be task sentric, but only as long as all the stuff on it is made by the same company that made the os. look at how msn messenger hooks into outlook express and the address book. this cant be done by any other app (atleast i have yet to find another im client thats able to do so). basicly to get true task senterd work one will have to allow code from diffrent makers to interact so fully that the user cant tell them appart. the os isnt a application all it own, its a framework. any mail client should be able to share addresses with any im program basicly by hooking into the traffic pipes and telling the os "hey,im a mail app and i need to be able to handle any mail address accessed by any app and be able to share addresses with any known address book". and then a im program could do a similar thing "hey, i want to share my addresses with any known address book". the "set default program access and defaults" dialog in windows is a step in this direction but sadly very few apps use it (only entrys i can find is from mozilla outside of the normal ie apps. and the very fact that it was put in to get microsoft out of a antitrust jam shows how little interest there was for this from their side. and the number of tasks that can be taken over are limited. any function the os have buildt in should be interchangeable with a outside source, and listed in a single place so that if i install nero i can tell by going to that place what function i want nero to handle and so on.