Discussion Archive: January 2004

31 Jan 2004 - 6:21am
12 years ago
2 replies

DragThing [was: Mac OS X...]

For those of you using Mac OS X and are a little less than satisfied with
the Dock for whatever reason, you might want to check out the utility known
as "DragThing" by James Thomson.

DragThing essentially gives your Mac multiple configurable docks (each
repesented as a tab).

30 Jan 2004 - 6:16pm
Nick Ragouzis

FW: Fitt's Law and such [was: Mac OS X...]

Correction 1:

I should say "heart of the ^^current implementation^^ of the dock-locked trash."

I can see a solution in actually anchoring the trash-targeted end of the dock. That plus always treating the zone of the fully
'natural-sized' trash as it's active zone (even if the visual extent is smaller) might remove the necessity for the extra subgoal.

The same accomodation is available for the desktop trash -- having extent that extends to the edge of the screen even if located a
short distance from it.

I'm sure there'll be a second correction.

30 Jan 2004 - 5:23pm
Elizabeth Buie

Fitts' Law and such [was: Mac OS X...]

Todd Warfel writes:

>And you should see people try to find a
>document they need when this happens - it's nearly hysterical. Nope,
>not that one. Nope, not that one. It's around here somewhere. But then
>again, their office tends to look the same, but that's another
>conversation all together ;).

Todd, I don't remember your visit to my office!

:-) :-)

Have a good weekend, all.


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30 Jan 2004 - 5:17pm
12 years ago
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Todd Warfel

Fitt's Law and such [was: Mac OS X...]

Nick, excellent summary and question.

On Jan 30, 2004, at 4:46 PM, Nick Ragouzis wrote:

> "Where are my applications, my documents, my trash?"

That is the primary question, which relates to a set (series) of goals
(e.g. Make a new document, Open an existing document, Remove an
existing document (application)).

> People want to put *their* things where they want them. It's not
> uncommon in my experience to see users have many more applications
> ready to go then they actually use [...]

Many more applications is very, very common.

30 Jan 2004 - 1:47pm
Elizabeth Buie

: Mac OS X

Andrei Herasimchuk writes, in response to Todd Warfel,

>> But back to Fitz's Law,
>FYI... It is Fitts's Law.

Yah, I told him that already.

I think he was yankin' my chain. :-)


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30 Jan 2004 - 1:34pm
12 years ago
1 reply
Kevin Cheng

Explaining Fitt's Law

Todd R. Warfel wrote:
"But back to Fitz's Law, it still remains "near" the corner, one of the most
easily accessible areas, that is if you're running X.

30 Jan 2004 - 1:22pm
6 years ago
1 reply

The $$$ of Education (was Re: How to Get Into Interaction Design?)

Yo Dan,

As someone who did the grad school thing (from a MOST excellent
program, at Rensselaer Polytechnic) in the same price range as
Carnegie Mellon, I can tell you I would not trade it for the world,
even with the combination of student loans, assistantships, part-time
employment. THAT SAID, you should be aware that the student loan
payments will not be just a few hundred bucks a month. This IS like a
mortgage, so forget ever getting a mortgage.

30 Jan 2004 - 12:29pm
Dan Saffer

The $$$ of Education (was Re: How to Get Into Interaction Design?)

On Friday, January 30, 2004, at 04:23 AM, Hal Taylor wrote:

> Carnegie Mellon's program is currently over $26,000 per year for a
> two year program (so, over $50,000 for tuition cost alone).

30 Jan 2004 - 11:57am

Apple looking for User Experience Expert

Hi all,

FWIW, this was just posted:

User Experience Expert Santa Clara Valley, CA, USA


It's one thing to crit the new OS X's functionality.
It's another to actually go in there and try your best with Steve :-)

The Corporate and Global Admin group within Apple IS&T is seeking a
User Experience expert who will be responsible for developing standards
and guidelines for application development teams so that app

30 Jan 2004 - 9:56am
12 years ago
7 replies
Elizabeth Buie

: Mac OS X (was How to Get Into ... Best Job Title)


I don't have the same glowing reaction to OS X that you do, although I
think I see it more positively than Andrei does. I'd like to respond to a
couple of your points. First let me say that I have been a Mac user since
1985 and have owned several Macs since 1987. I've had OS X at work for
about two years (Panther since about two weeks ago), and am still using OS
9 at home (my desktop is too old to run OS X, but I'm planning to buy a G5
before too long).

>The new Finder in Panther allows faster access to "important
>directories" than before.