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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If you asked me, it would be awesome if the bootup could have some extended animation(like the mouse running in xubuntu; or the happy face of Zer0Cool!)

Also, in financial systems and other data-entry systems like bank telling or casino cashiers, the mouse simply can't be used for it will make the operator to 'go slow' in order to insert and retrieve data. Maybe this principle is used in all this keyboard-driven military applications. Can anyone tell if this is also true in real life?

Edited 2010-04-17 03:28 UTC

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When I made my money with Excel I'd do anything that kept my hands on the keyboard. The mouse was only a button with variable position for those few functions faster without the keyboard. Custom database forms are also much faster if you can move through by keyboard; the input pages that slowed me down where double-hotkey broken forms. Also, if you can fully control it by keyboard then you can script against it. I can't tell you how fun it is to turn data input into a mostly automated process with your own scripting; reduce twenty fields across multiple ok buttons into two or three. RSI pain is much less also without the mouse twist and reach.

I don't know about real life but my experience is that the mouse is overused and really only appropriate for a few of the tasks it's habitually used for.

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