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[7]: Why?
by superstoned on Wed 4th Jun 2008 13:47 UTC 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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RE[8]: Why?
by tomcat on Wed 4th Jun 2008 18:37 in reply to "RE[7]: Why?"
tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

You mean anyone over 12 can not dream about a better world?


Dreaming stupid dreams is still stupid, no matter how you slice it. FOSS software emerged out of a desire to create alternatives to commercial software -- not to replace it. Having BOTH commercial and free software is a good thing: It promotes healthy competition and ensures that things keep moving forward. Take away one or the other, and you take away the incentive to innovate quickly. I know you WANT to believe that FOSS would keep innovating at the pace that it's going but, having been in this industry for awhile, I can tell you that people wouldn't be as interested, if they didn't have any competition. It's human nature. Monopolists tend to rest when they have the luxury to do so. Microsoft is the perfect foil -- it's rich, powerful, and pervasive -- and it provides all the incentive that people need. Doubt it? Read the threads here on osnews, and you will see how much time is consumed with discussions of what MS is doing, what they're thinking, and who's doing something to counter them. That conflict is the engine of change. If you want the engine to function, you need to feed it -- and feeding it requires serious competition between FOSS and commercial software.

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RE[9]: Why?
by superstoned on Thu 5th Jun 2008 06:01 in reply to "RE[8]: Why?"
superstoned Member since:
2005-07-07

Hmmm, I see your point. But wouldn't the competition within the FOSS community keep things going? For example, see KDE vs Gnome?

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