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3 Feb 2004 - 3:35pm
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vutpakdi
2003

Magnetic Elements Toolkit Epilogue

On the 24th of December 2003, I ordered the Magnetic Elements toolkit from
www.magments.com. As you may remember, I hadn't received the toolkit or
received a response to emails sent to the addresses on the website.

Though PayPal indicated that they would not intervene to resolve the
missing toolkit because 30 days had elapsed since purchase, they did
forward my complaint on to Benjamin Speaks, who receives the payments made
on PayPal.

3 Feb 2004 - 10:44am
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10 years ago
4 replies
Andrei Sedelnikov
2004

Ideal Software-Engineers? Was: RE: Mind the Gap!

>> "Software engineers live in their own world. With few exceptions,
>> they only focus on computers and themselves. A problem is seen
>> as solved as soon as the algorithm is correct and the compiler
> >does not come back with any syntax errors."
>
> That might be how it's done in undergraduate programming classes.

2 Feb 2004 - 5:56pm
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10 years ago
5 replies
mprove
2004

visual cues for thumbnails

Dear ID/As,

in his wonderful book "Tog on Software Design" Tog wrote:

"Thumbnails will replace generic-looking document icons, providing users with visual cues as to the nature of the material inside a container. Their appearance will go beyond today's thumbnails to reflect the amount of material they contain." [p. 196]

This is exactly what I like to do for OpenOffice.org/StarOffice thumbnails representing documents.

2 Feb 2004 - 5:53pm
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10 years ago
6 replies
mprove
2004

Mind the Gap!

Dear ID/As,

'cause this is my fist mail to this group I like to say "hello" to all interaction designers and architects. In addition to this 5 letters, let me point you to a short paper I wrote for Interact 2003 in Zurich. Title is "Mind the Gap! Software Engineers and Interaction Architects"

http://www.mprove.de/script/03/interact/

best,
Matthias

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User-Centered Software Design http://www.mprove.net

1 Feb 2004 - 5:36am
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Ashu Thakur
2004

Study of Mobile Interfaces(list of resources)

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31 Jan 2004 - 6:21am
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10 years ago
2 replies
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 - 6:16pm
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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 - 5:23pm
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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 - 5:17pm
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10 years ago
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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 - 1:47pm
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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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