Discussion Archive: January 2004

31 Jan 2004 - 5:21am
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vutpakdi
2003

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.
http://www.dragthing.com/english/about.html

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

30 Jan 2004 - 5:16pm
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Nick Ragouzis
2004

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 - 4:23pm
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Elizabeth Buie
2004

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.

Elizabeth

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30 Jan 2004 - 4:17pm
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Todd Warfel
2003

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 - 12:47pm
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Elizabeth Buie
2004

: 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. :-)

Elizabeth

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30 Jan 2004 - 12:34pm
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Kevin Cheng
2004

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 - 12:22pm
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boese
2004

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 - 11:29am
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Dan Saffer
2003

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 - 10:57am
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JoRoan
2004

Apple looking for User Experience Expert

Hi all,

FWIW, this was just posted:

User Experience Expert Santa Clara Valley, CA, USA

https://jobs.apple.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/Employment.woa/wa/
jobDescription?RequisitionID=2084938

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 - 8:56am
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Elizabeth Buie
2004

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

Todd,

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.