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You must believe me when I say that I have the utmost respect for HCI people. However, when HCI people debug their code, it’s like an art show or a meeting of the United Nations. There are tea breaks and witticisms exchanged in French; wearing a non-functional scarf is optional, but encouraged. When HCI code doesn’t work, the problem can be resolved using grand theories that relate form and perception to your deeply personal feelings about ovals. There will be debates about the socioeconomic implications of Helvetica Light, and at some point, you will have to decide whether serifs are daring statements of modernity, or tools of hegemonic oppression that implicitly support feudalism and illiteracy.

I found this to be entertaining. 

via James Mickens @ MSR

You must believ…

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“Hacking for Humanity”

It’s 2010. Hacking is now socially acceptable…as long as you’re “doing it for good”.  This weekend (June 4-6) there’s a Hackathon going on in DC, Sydney, Nairobi, Jakarta and Sao Paulo chock full of hacking and coding competitions for the sole purpose of creating software that saves lived.

… How hacking will accomplish this…not too sure BUT I do know that Google, Microsoft, NASA, Yahoo, and The World Bank are in on it. If you want to join in on the fun (since it is open to the public) go here http://rhokdc.eventbrite.com/?src=2m to register.

PS Google Dan Kaminsky – guy is an AMAZING hacker

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Word to Your Mother

Rule # 1 of blogging: Don’t complain unless you have a problem. Rule # 2 of blogging: Don’t complain unless you have a clue of how to fix it.

Mark Gimein wrote an entire article bashing Microsoft  Word in his blog entitled “Word Fails Me”. Of course to make a good argument he talks about all the features that word has including banning the double use of words, the ribbon in Office 2007, auto-correct and all the keyboard shortcuts.He then goes on to say he wants to create “documents with several section that can be easily moved around”. Copy and paste much? The argument here is that Word doesn’t do it in a way that’s useful. What’s NOT useful about copy and paste? Maybe there’s just something I’m not understanding…

He then goes on to complain that when you insert a picture, Word doesn’t ask you about captions. In fact, most of the papers I’ve seen or written with pictures didn’t need/have captions. Is it really too hard to right-click on the picture?

Mr. Gimein is also dissatisfied that Word chooses the font for you. I think this guy wants a bazillion pop-ups asking, “Do you want a caption”, “What font would you like”, for every single decision he has to make. To me, that doesn’t sound very efficient. But who am I to talk?

Lastly, this “man” complains that Word doesn’t have a tool to figure out which words you want on the page… I don’t think Word is being paid to write your papers for you. Or a scratch pad where you can save sections of writing to use later… It’s called just type the sections, save it in the document and go back to use them later? Is it just me who’s not understanding this man’s argument? If you agree with him, please..do tell

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Last Breath

Yahoo and Microsoft are deciding to merge yahoo.com and bing.com since they both suck. Ha jk, starting in July, Yahoo searches will say ‘powered by Bing’ at the bottom in their last and desperate attempt to compete. FYI Google control 65% of the search engine market.

Let’s make the funeralarrangements now.

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Text from the future

Sprint HTC users have reported getting text messages from 2016. Microsoft is looking into it…but I’d prefer that they don’t. I like the concept of getting a text from the future, actually.

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Don’t Text and Drive

Recently I came upon a site (www.distraction.gov) that tells numerous facts about texting while driving. For example, did you know that

“Using a cell phone use while driving, whether it’s hand-held or hands-free, delays a driver’s reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent.”

Microsoft talked about teaming up with Nuance to create an add-on to its Microsoft Sync systems that could allow you to text hands-free while driving. A website said that it would be installed into Fords early 2008 but I haven’t heard of such a thing. Maybe they just haven’t done a good job spreading the word about this system.

Personally I choose not to text and drive. But I see my friends doing it all the time and each time I get scared for my life because I can tell that it makes them focus less on driving and more on the text. I also choose not to talk on the phone and drive. But it’s a personal choice. Thankfully texting while driving is now outlawed in the state of Maryland. Now I know that won’t stop people from doing it but hopefully it will make them think twice about doing so.

Check out this PSA.

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