Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Aug 2005 16:07 UTC
Linux "I am proud to announce the official release of Symphony OS Alpha 4. Alpha 4 includes the KNOPPIX version of the 2.6.11 Linux Kernel and an updated base based on Knoppix 3.9, numerous improvements to the Mezzo Desktop environment, includes synaptic for package management, beagle for local searching, supports freedesktop.org .desktop files in the Programs target, and much more."
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Interesting stab at usability
by on Thu 4th Aug 2005 04:30 UTC

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Its interesting the disclaimer that the author puts at the top of his Interface laws, and I like how most of them are simply heuristic from experience; I think that this leads to a more usable desktop than those designed to fit the lowest common denominator since most people eventually grow out of the new user state and require/desire more features.

Why do more people not pay attention to the 5th "dark horse" point, the current mouse position? For me, corners are beyond useless as they are so far away from the mouse. I do not want to hear that my usability needs do not matter; when I want to do something, its faster for me to find a chunk of desktop space than it is for me to find a corner, being that I do not "throw" or "slam" my mouse at all during usage.

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kiz01 Member since:
2005-07-06

Why do more people not pay attention to the 5th "dark horse" point, the current mouse position? For me, corners are beyond useless as they are so far away from the mouse.

Perhaps the answer would be to have a command (maybe a mouse button or button combo) that brings the corner menus right to where mouse is. A sort of mini-desktop centered around your mouse pointer with the four corner menus right there. You simply call up the menus and choose the one you want without worrying about excessive mouse movement.

Just a thought...

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