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I've only been awake for a few minutes and already I'm fluimmoxed. "The whole idea of using an athropomorphic user interface to the computer is considered to be one of the biggest obstacles in computing." which I took from greyyguy's journal.

I thought like... high computational speeds with more stable hardware and less heat bleed off was pretty high on the list, myself.
hehe .
To think that the thing that bothers a lot of people is the fact that computers don't have faces....

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mjfgates
Apr. 24th, 2002 01:56 pm (UTC)
Not joking. Years of research went into Bob, lots of them. Likewise the paperclip-- there was actually a version of the help engine behind it in Excel 5.0, and some of the auto-format components were in Excel 5.0 and WinWord 2.0, and the team developing the front end that everybody hates was huge by MS feature-team standards. That paperclip was exactly what people clamored for for decades; I remember reading speculative articles in Byte and Compute! that described it fairly well back in the early eighties. Be careful what you wish for, eh?

People are entirely capable of learning how to use tools, real ones or software, if those tools work in simple, obvious, consistent ways. Most of the windowing UI stuff seen on Windows, the Mac, X-Windows, etc., works fairly well for this. The thing that drives folks up the wall is when the computer doesn't act like a tool, when it works inconsistently. Things like Excel's wacky clipboard behavior or some of the unmarked "special" areas in Microsoft editors that select whole words or lines, or when it gives you the Blue Screen of Death at random intervals for no reason you can see.

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