Linked by David Adams on Fri 16th Apr 2010 15:48 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Dan Hon makes a thought-provoking assertion in his blog: remember all the ridiculous, unrealistic computer interfaces that Hollywood characters are always using, showing "hackers" infiltrating systems by flying through virtual reality worlds of strange codes, and cutesy animations accompanying every task? Hon's point is that instead of ridiculing these unrealistic interfaces, maybe we should try to emulate them. He makes a pretty good case.
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Good Idea
by red_devel on Fri 16th Apr 2010 16:25 UTC
red_devel
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2006-03-30

This is a great idea. This should be implemented in a way so that real world, everyday paradigms are carried into the user's computer experience. For example, the daily paradigm of moving through your "house" could be translated into navigating your PC. You could find "documents" by clicking papers on tables, and open "programs" by interacting with objects in the room. Here's a mockup of what it might look like:

http://www.catb.org/~esr/writings/taouu/html/graphics/bobhome1p.png

Now we just need a cool name for it....

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RE: Good Idea
by looncraz on Fri 16th Apr 2010 16:33 in reply to "Good Idea"
looncraz Member since:
2005-07-24

Whatever you say, Bob! ;-)

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RE: Good Idea
by Tuishimi on Fri 16th Apr 2010 17:03 in reply to "Good Idea"
Tuishimi Member since:
2005-07-06

Ha ha! I was thinking exactly the same thing when I read Thom's comments!

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RE: Good Idea
by Soulbender on Fri 16th Apr 2010 17:40 in reply to "Good Idea"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

I could swear the point of computers was to make things easier for us, not harder.

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RE: Good Idea
by Bobthearch on Fri 16th Apr 2010 21:37 in reply to "Good Idea"
Bobthearch Member since:
2006-01-27

So the files on my computer will be just as disorganized, "lost", and cluttered as my house?!?

No thanks!

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RE: Good Idea
by Earl Colby pottinger on Sun 18th Apr 2010 03:46 in reply to "Good Idea"
Earl Colby pottinger Member since:
2005-07-06

I remember seeing that type of interface on a C64, it worked great until you want to do something really diffirent.

BBS program - nope.
Special interface program for a slow daisy wheel printer that suffered a buffer over-run if you sent it data too fast - nope.
Ham radio - Morse code - nope.

These types of interfaces are bad for what makes computers really good, being flexible.

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