Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 1st Jun 2008 14:35 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces As I already explained in the first Usability Terms article, consistency goes a long way in ensuring a pleasurable user experience in graphical user interfaces. While some user interfaces appear to be more graphically consistent than others, Windows has always appeared to be worse than most others - probably because it carries with it stuff that dates back to the 16bit era. IStartedSomething agrees with this, and started the Windows UI TaskForce.
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RE[5]: Why?
by superstoned on Mon 2nd Jun 2008 15:39 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Why?"
superstoned
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2005-07-07

Well, MS creates proprietary software. As I said, I think proprietary software is bad, and it should go as soon as possible. Preferably before governments give in to the pressure for making FOSS illegal; or take advantage of it to limit the freedom of their citizens.

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RE[6]: Why?
by chris_dk on Mon 2nd Jun 2008 16:30 in reply to "RE[5]: Why?"
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2005-07-12

As I said, I think proprietary software is bad, and it should go as soon as possible.


I am interested in your opinion on how to make sustainable products that are specialized.

Open Source and Free Software is very good at producing low level software and software for the general public. However, I don't think that it is a good business model for niche products that very few developers can actually contribute to.

This is something that Free Software developers to this day still have not acknowledged: that there exists other business models than their own. This hurts the advancement of Free Software.

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RE[7]: Why?
by superstoned on Mon 2nd Jun 2008 17:10 in reply to "RE[6]: Why?"
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I'm not saying I've got answers to all questions, but generally, even rather specialized software can be build on FOSS. Besides, if it's really specialized, companies have to write it themselves anyway... You might know 95% of the money (that statistic is - well, rather random, btw, it might as well be 90 or 99%) being made in software development is made on custom software. Only 5% of the business depends on the whole concept of proprietary software, and I believe most of them could find a business model based on FOSS.

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RE[6]: Why?
by rockwell on Mon 2nd Jun 2008 16:41 in reply to "RE[5]: Why?"
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2005-09-13

//As I said, I think proprietary software is bad, and it should go as soon as possible. //
Ummm .... ok? There are lots of things in life "that should just go away" but they won't. You can wish in one hand and poop in the other, and see which happens first.

Edited 2008-06-02 16:43 UTC

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RE[7]: Why?
by superstoned on Mon 2nd Jun 2008 17:07 in reply to "RE[6]: Why?"
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2005-07-07

Hehe, didn't know that one. But yeah, you are right of course, things don't go as one wants them to. Part of the freedom we enjoy ;-)

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RE[6]: Why?
by MollyC on Tue 3rd Jun 2008 17:16 in reply to "RE[5]: Why?"
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2006-07-04

Well, MS creates proprietary software. As I said, I think proprietary software is bad, and it should go as soon as possible.


First, Microsoft also creates open source software.

Second, lots of companies create closed source software, not just Microsoft. Have you ever injected your OSS advocacy into threads about articles regarding non-Microsoft closed source software (thus, derailing the thread)? Didn't think so.

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RE[7]: Why?
by superstoned on Tue 3rd Jun 2008 18:26 in reply to "RE[6]: Why?"
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2005-07-07

Not often. I do often use the example of Flash being evil (that's not MS but Adobe), and I also mention WordPerfect who did their share of nasty stuff trying to keep MS from kicking their asses back in the nineties. So it's just natural MS learned from their tricks and used the MS Word format to keep their dominance for a long time. And what about Apple and the tricks surrounding their iPods and iTunes?

I must confess I consider MS especially evil, but I also think it's just the way proprietary software business works.

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RE[6]: Why?
by tomcat on Tue 3rd Jun 2008 22:54 in reply to "RE[5]: Why?"
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2006-01-06

Well, MS creates proprietary software. As I said, I think proprietary software is bad, and it should go as soon as possible. Preferably before governments give in to the pressure for making FOSS illegal; or take advantage of it to limit the freedom of their citizens.


Let me guess. You're, like, 12, right?

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RE[7]: Why?
by superstoned on Wed 4th Jun 2008 13:47 in reply to "RE[6]: Why?"
superstoned Member since:
2005-07-07

You mean anyone over 12 can not dream about a better world? I thought that one generally got numb around 45...

Anyway, thanks for the compliment. Unfortunately I'm not as brilliant as you seem to think - having finished my study Psychology at 27... I wish I was smart enough to work as a businessconsultant at 12 ;-)

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