Linked by David Adams on Fri 5th Aug 2011 16:08 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces A couple of days ago I read a blog post by Stephen Ramsay, a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Fellow at the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities. In it, he mentions that he has all but abandoned the GUI and finds the command line to be "faster, easier to understand, easier to integrate, more scalable, more portable, more sustainable, more consistent, and many, many times more flexible than even the most well-thought-out graphical apps." I found this very thought-provoking, because, like Ramsay, I spend a lot of time thinking about "The Future of Computing," and I think that the CLI, an interface from the past, might have a place in the interface of the future.
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RE[3]: Macbook Wheel
by mrstep on Sat 6th Aug 2011 22:03 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Macbook Wheel"
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Given it's fake, but they really did a great job with it. I love my Apple products, but getting rid of the keyboard and replacing it with a click-wheel was a classic.

Along those lines, sometimes you see these 'how do I fix XXXXX in iTunes", and half the time the answer is 'hold cmd-option while launching it' or 'press option while clicking on the Update button'. Uh... I know it's just me, but when did having invisible options become easier than just putting those under a 'Advanced' options pane somewhere for doing special tasks that most people don't need to see? Totally hidden is easier? Really?

And that's where the Onion video got it so right!

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