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The doors I keep refering to door knobs whenever I speak of usability to my friends. I noticed something this morning. One of my colleagues pushed a door where he should have pulled it. The door didn’t open when he pushed, he immediately realised his mistake and pulled it. I did a study and observed…

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Star News Cricket Score Update – A smart way to attract the viewers’ attention I was watching the ‘Big Fight’ last night. A few intelectuals speaking for a billion people, telling what’s right and what not, what’s explicit and what’s ‘acceptable’ and so on… I am sure all but Bhat are repressed. And suddenly a…

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How many homepages should your site have? You think I am nuts isn’t it? Well, listen to this – Research says ‘80% of the people use search engines to find new information.’ If that is true, there is a great possibility that a good percentage of them would land up in your services/products page (and…

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Me today: Blow hot. Blow cold. Alternate between bubly enthusiastic to moody, sad and heavy like a wet sack of wheat flour. suffer from the good old bomber planes thundering across and through your head. Suffer from indecision and acidity. The sticky bad taste in your mouth keeps coming back like those stupid tasteless hindi…

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The Art of UI Prototyping By Scott Berkun, November 2000 Even the brightest people make mistakes. This is especially true for teams of people. Somehow, as a project moves forward, small assumptions and well-intentioned but poor decisions accumulate, turning hours of work into a lousy user experience. The smart teams eliminate their mistakes before they…

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Commentary: Human Error and the Design of Computer Systems In 1988, the Soviet Union’s Phobos 1 satellite was lost on its way to Mars. Why? According to Science magazine, “not long after the launch, a ground controller omitted a single letter in a series of digital commands sent to the spacecraft. And by malignant bad…

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I want to write something here today but I am just staring at the screen – benumbed by a not so good morning. Some times you feel like a moron… a complete idiot to have chosen the road you’re on. It is a cliche – when the going gets tough… (yawn) – but I think…

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Examples of Flash-Based Applications and Tools Wanted for User Testing Please nominate good examples of Internet-based applications and tools implemented in Flash. We need to test a wide variety of sample designs in order to derive the usability guidelines for functionality-oriented Flash design. To nominate a design for the study, please email Hoa Loranger at…

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New Personality Definitions Based on Sun Signs Disclaimer: These are not my words. I merely copied them from one of my friend’s e-mails. I don’t know who wrote this and I don’t subscribe to the views of the author of this hilarious piece. ARIES You tend to be headstrong and deliberate in your actions. Basically…

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The invention of the spreadsheet Let’s look at an example of creative design in software as a test case. Arguably the single most creative act in software design was Dan Bricklin’s creation of the spreadsheet. This invention created an entire market out of nothing, spawned dozens of look-alikes, opened computer use to an entirely new…

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