Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 4th Nov 2007 19:24 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces This is the third article in a series on common usability and graphical user interface related terms [part I | part II]. On the internet, and especially in forum discussions like we all have here on OSNews, it is almost certain that in any given discussion, someone will most likely bring up usability and GUI related terms - things like spatial memory, widgets, consistency, Fitts' Law, and more. The aim of this series is to explain these terms, learn something about their origins, and finally rate their importance in the field of usability and (graphical) user interface design. In part III today, we focus on the desk accessory, popularly known as the widget, applet, mini-app, gadget, or whatever the fashionable term is these days.
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I agree...
by BluenoseJake on Mon 5th Nov 2007 17:10 UTC
BluenoseJake
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2005-08-11

While I have not had any problem with Linux and multitasking, (usually running Win2k3 in a VM for windows development while having Firefox, Thunderbird, pidgin, xchat, and amarok running on the host), claiming that Windows cannot multi task well is either FUD or ignorance.

When running Windows, I generally have the same apps (Media Player instead of amorak), and have never, ever had a problem. Been using Windows since 3.0, and the NT based Windows line multitasks very well, and always has.

There is a lot to complain about with Windows, but this isn't one of them.

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RE: I agree...
by MacTO on Mon 5th Nov 2007 18:37 in reply to "I agree..."
MacTO Member since:
2006-09-21

Maybe there are issues with Windows that can be associated with poor multitasking, but relate to something else. I know that the Explorer shell freezes up on me a lot (file copy operations and such), which I don't see in Nautilus (?) or the Finder. But it is definitely an issue with Explorer since other processes chug along just fine.

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