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Re: What they're up to
In reply to Daniel Strychalski's message sent 11/24/97 3:44 PM:
>A DOS prompt doesn't help much once the newcomer has been imprinted with the
>idea of a "desktop" above, and a "briefcase" on the same level with, hard
>disks in the hierarchy of storage spaces. This is a gross misrepresentation
>of the system, and one that seems designed to confuse people.
I found myself saying "yes, yes, yes" until I reached this part of your
Applying this logic, a car would be more "intuitive" if we had to throw a
saddle directly onto an engine and steer with reins. That would certainly
"represent" the functions of the vehicle more accurately.
I'd submit that the problem is not that the computing analogies (be it a
desktop, briefcase or whatever) are inherently confusing, but that they
are a negative factor only when an inadequate levels of human engineering
are applied to their design. Maybe we've been looking at Microsoft
products too long, and can only dimly realize how badly they have botched
the human engineering aspects of their mission.
This is one of the great tragedies of Microsoft: They plainly have the
resources to do it right, but insist on developing software that only
techophiles could really love.
But we digress....
At Microsoft, quality is job 1.1b3.
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