Posts Tagged 'user interface'

More buttons does not equal better experience

The other day my friend got a new mouse.  It has nine buttons and a 5 way scroll wheel on it.  When browsing around my local computer store todays keyboards like they would be more at home in an airplane cockpit.  It seems new keyboards are in an arms race to see who can cram the most buttons on them.

Why?  Why do gadgets constantly get more complex?

And is the answer really more buttons?

Continue reading ‘More buttons does not equal better experience’

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Lecture 1, Operating Systems – User Interfaces

In our first lecture we started off by looking at user interfaces.  This is a nice place to start as it is the first and main part of a computer users experience. It is also one that users tend to put remarkable little thought into in general.  It is a part that ICT professionals should be very familiar with if they are going to successfully help people to get the most out of their technology. Continue reading ‘Lecture 1, Operating Systems – User Interfaces’

Improve Productivity to Tailoring your Desktop 3/3

For a large number of people the majority of their work is done in front of a computer.  Yet it surprises me how many people have a default desktop layout and have put very little thought into tailoring it to suit their needs.  I think you are missing out on a lot of potential gains by not doing this.  Now the desktop for me goes beyond just what you see on your screen.  The directory structure you use for storing files and also your physical work area layout play a part in how you will use your computer and are all important.  Over the next 3 posts I will focus on each of these and how you can make your life more pleasant and productive.  Continue reading ‘Improve Productivity to Tailoring your Desktop 3/3’

Improve productivity by Tailoring your Desktop 2/3

For a large number of people the majority of their work is done in front of a computer.  Yet it surprises me how many people have a default desktop layout and have put very little thought into tailoring it to suit their needs.  I think you are missing out on a lot of potential gains by not doing this.  Now the desktop for me goes beyond just what you see on your screen.  The directory structure you use for storing files and also your physical work area layout play a part in how you will use your computer and are all important.  Over the next 3 posts I will focus on each of these and how you can make your life more pleasant and productive.  In this post I will look at your physical work area. Continue reading ‘Improve productivity by Tailoring your Desktop 2/3’

Improve productivity by Tailoring your Desktop 1/3

For a large number of people the majority of their work is done in front of a computer.  Yet it surprises me how many people have a default desktop layout and have put very little thought into tailoring it to suit their needs.  I think you are missing out on a lot of potential gains by not doing this.  Now the desktop for me goes beyond just what you see on your screen.  The directory structure you use for storing files and also your physical desk layout play a part in how you will use your computer and are all important.  Over the next 3 posts I will focus on each of these and how you can make your life more pleasant and productive. Continue reading ‘Improve productivity by Tailoring your Desktop 1/3’

Fading into the background

Have you ever got a new gadget or gizmo and used it heaps at first but then slowly lost interest?  Thought it’s features were great at first but later on wondered why you got so excited?  Chances are you fell into a common trap in that you were focused on the features and not how it would fit into your overall workflow. Continue reading ‘Fading into the background’