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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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“Software Quality Improvement through Usability” Seminar Usability for All – Adapting to Cultural and Physical Needs is a sequel to the “Software Quality Improvement through Usability” seminar, which was hold in April. “Adapting to Cultural and Physical Needs” was organized by the Information Technology Association (ITA), took place at the City University of Hong Kong…

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Black magic in Chittoor The story was, when Savithramma opened the door early morning, she fumbled on a globular thing on the floor just outside the door. She snaps the light on and she had the shock of her life. A real human skull, decorated with turmeric and sindur, was grinning at her. I could…

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I am posting the link to Nielsen’s Alertbox Archive.All Alertbox columns on Jakob Nielsen’s useit.com…

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It is useless to resist technology by Andrew Heller Columnist for Tucows.com According to a recent study by Morgan Stanley, U.S. companies wasted $130 billion on techno gizmos, gadgets and software the past two years that it turns out, they didn’t need, didn’t like, couldn’t use, didn’t know how to use or that flat-out didn’t…

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