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21

Pioneers who never got the credit they deserved

Among the neglected: Hank, the first person to get the timer on his VCR to work.

Links:

  • Meet the neglected pioneers at wulffmorgenthaler.com Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - April 08, 2007

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22

Is your app an ass-kisser?

If your app was an employee, what kind of employee would it be?

- The Ass-Kisser?
- Clueless Guy?
- The Paper Hat Guy?
- Brilliant but temperamental?
- Anal-retentive Guy?
- The Show-off?
- Just-Trust-Me Guy?
- The Undecider?

People react to computers in the same way they react to other people. Thinking of applications as creatures with personalities - as Kathy Sierra does here and Alan Cooper does in his 14 principles of polite apps - can be quite rewarding.

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Henrik Olsen - March 27, 2007

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23

Usability Man

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No...It's Usability Man!

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  • Usability Man video Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - March 27, 2007

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24

Book tech support

I saw this hilarious video some years ago but didn't publish it at GUUUI since it was in Norwegian with Danish subtitles. But now it's here with English subs.

The video makes fun of newbie computer users by drawing analogies to the transition from scrolls to books some 500 years ago. In the video, a helpless monk gets tech support on his "malfunctioning" book.

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  • Introducing the book Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - February 17, 2007 - via Berkun blog

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25

Commercial making fun of the iPhone

It's a camera, a movie player, a bottle opener, an electric razor, a cheese grader, a portable shower...and it's a hard to use cell phone.

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  • Commercial making fun of the iPhone Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - January 29, 2007

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26

Confidential Google research on YouTube

Here's a confidential video for Google internal use only. The video documents an ethnographic study of the YouTube community based on interviews of 25 U.S. based users.

Major findings:
- Some users have after more than four moths of using YouTube not realized that it contains videos
- Ethnographic researches should eat tic tac mints if they have a breadth kicking like Bruce Lee

Links:

  • Confidential Google Research on YouTube (video) Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - January 16, 2007 - via Rashmi Sinha

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27

It took 43 people to come up with the 15 different ways of shutting down Windows Vista

According to a former worker at Microsoft, 43 persons where involved in designing and implementing the new shut down feature in Windows Vista.

Their work was exceptionally fruitful. On a laptop you get Off, Lock, Switch User, Log Off, Restart, Sleep, Hibernate, and Shut Down. Combined with all the keyboard shortcuts for the various options, plus pressing the power button and closing the lid, this gives us 15 different ways of shutting down a laptop.

In defence of Microsoft, it should noted that you will only see the Off and Lock options, unless you choose the advanced menu.

Links:

  • How many people does it take to turn off a Vista PC? Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - December 05, 2006 - via Usability In The News

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28

Motorola users are struggling with usability

According to a poll by the magazine Mobile, more than three quarters of Motorola mobile phone users would not buy another Motorola handset because they are too difficult to use.

"In the survey of 55 Motorola customers, 78% said they wouldn't buy a Motorola handset again, with the majority citing problems with usability. The figure was slightly higher among first-time Motorola users. As many as 85% of the 48 first-time Motorola users in the poll want to switch to another manufacturer."

"The sample survey was dominated by RAZR owners, who made up almost half of all those asked. The survey revealed that 80% of RAZR users wanted to jump ship to another manufacturer with their next purchase."

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  • Ease-of-use dogs Moto Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - October 31, 2006 - via Usability in the News

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29

Usability contests

As part of the World Usability Day, UsabilityMatters.org is running a contest of bad designs and funny usability related cartoons. Everybody can participate. Submit your contribution and win lots of rupees.

At their site, you'll also find the winners from 2005.

Links:

  • The bad designs contest 2006 Open link in new window
  • The cartoon Contest 2006 Open link in new window
  • Winners of the cartoon contest 2005 Open link in new window
  • Winners of the bad designs contest 2005 Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - October 12, 2006

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Apple interfaces are just...BOOM!

Steve Jobs, the co-founder and CEO of Apple Computer, likes to say BOOM! when he is thrilled about Apple software. Watch this video of BOOM! highlights.

Links:

  • The Steve Jobs video Open link in new window
  • The boom video remixed Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - September 30, 2006 - via Signal vs. Noise

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