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Bent Rasmussen esoteric λ
  • Windows 7 removes Quick Launch

    "Pin to taskbar" - isn't that pretty much quicklaunch unified into the taskbar? If so, then why would I need the quicklaunch.

  • Blue?

    I like it. Now - interview time.

  • So what is in Windows 7?

    Bas said:
    esoteric said:
    *snip*


    Except that in this case we're talking about music, for which there is metadata, and for which injecting it is also practical.
    Not if it is in raw format. And not if there are many files. It's just too much hazzle to do manually. A hash-search and auto-metadata injection/transcoding or "projection" feature would be nice (keeping the metadata separate of the file itself; not necessarily always a good idea, but useful for files that do not support it). Tagging is a bore, auto-tagging - well that is another story.

  • Visio 2007

    Anyone else feel that Viso 2007 skipped an evolutionary step? It felt like "where is the new Visio, I can't find it, why is the old version in here?" It doesn't have the ribbon or the streamlined graphics and live previews that signifies the new Office 2007 suite.  I hope to see Visio 2007 in the next Office Wink - Maybe we can get a preview on Channel 9 Smiley

  • So what is in Windows 7?

    Bas said:
    jamie said:
    *snip*
    I didn't care about the library at first, etiher. While it's a pain for a couple of hours, I found that biting down and actually sorting out the tags in all my music files allowed me to finally use the library properly. And that's heaps better than the old folders structure I used to use.

    It would've helped if Media Player actually remembered my metadata so that I didn't have to do half of it over again in some other tool, but hey.
    Injecting metadata may simply not be practical. For some kinds of files there isn't even metadata. I've also organized more than a hundred thousand files in exotic formats in a folder structure. Now that we're talking about cloud storage, it would be lovely to have this metadata safeguarded in the cloud, managed by the operating system, transparently.

  • The perfect video ​transcripti​on?

    Can't you just make them or nest them in elements and then make two versions. Then you can easily make a low-fi version from that.

  • What happens when touch screens are fetishized

    brian.shapiro said:
    W3bbo said:
    *snip*
    W3bb0,

    I think I'm going to be happy with the HTC Touch Pro.  I'm interested in the keyboard also because I want to use the device as a PDA, if I didn't I'd just get a regular inexpensive phone.

    I hope Microsoft succeeds in making the WM platform more attractive.
    The iPhone with a keyboard? Yikes! Make the concept work or abandon it.

    The sucky part-touch Samsungs of this world are expendable. There's also a brick-thick HTC model with a keyboard. That thing is huge, ugly and not handy in any way whatsoever.

    A touch device has to be slick and have a big touch surface. Despite lacking tactile feedback - other than the nice vibrato - several of these devices have a nice flowing UX with some applications - like maps and images and ... well what do we have Surface for anyway, it is a compelling idea.

  • UX/L

    brian.shapiro said:
    esoteric said:
    *snip*
    I remember using Macs in the days of System 7 and before, and it was common practice to keep certain folders open in the Finder for quick access.

    I think that's what plasmid folders are trying to revive, and I think its a good idea. I'm tired of the desktop being treated as a dumping ground for shortcuts.


    It sounds like folders that open on startup and where you place shortcuts. Useful perhaps, but still basically a kind of folder. But on the other hand, maybe these Plasmids really are a bit novel if they go beyond simple file viewing. Will have to check further...  /exit

  • UX/L

    brian.shapiro said:
    esoteric said:
    *snip*
    esoteric,

    Why should the desktop even be a folder?
    The term "folder" is not bad, it's quite nice in fact.

    I would like to be able to see files and folders as all folded items that can be unfolded - inlined into the context folder - all in a recursive photosynth style.

    Imagine also "Oslo" integration where a folder is virtual and links into the Repository to objects and are in effect inlined and viewed as in "Quadrant". The application blends into the shell itself; able to unfold its own chrome as well and inline it into the context folder.

    A uniform model-based UX such as "Avalon" will probably provide an even better foundation for this kind of experience, or a more integrated flexible foundation at least.

    I think we're very used to fullscreen applications and now one application per monitor. Maybe we should be looking toward a more analog desktop experience.

    I would also like the browser itself to move out of the page metaphor. To allow homepages to adapt to large workspaces and present more composite views. To maybe show "tabs" as layered, stacked and displaced sheets with Aero switching between them.

    Surface Computing (Microsoft or not) is pointing in this direction, albeit with special hardware with a hefty price tag.

    The notion of Plasmid widgets, composite or not, extended to entain a taskbar or not. Well I'm not sure I've gotten the big deal yet.

  • UX/L

    Bass said:
    DCMonkey said:
    *snip*
    That's actually screen shots of KDE 4.1. KDE 4.1 refined the default taskbar look a lot (it looks more Vistaish then in KDE4.0 Smiley)

    KDE 4.2 refines the taskbar further, especially the system tray plasmoid, which as you can see in those screenshots is pretty rough.

    I remember when Plasma was first announced, they said Plasma was a response to this idea that the Desktop just another folder, and they wanted to do away with that paradigm in KDE4. Unfortunately Plasma was probably one of the most incomplete things to ship with KDE4 when it first came out, but as of now it's very actively developed (even Google engineers are helping out).
    Regardless of what it is, I don't see why the desktop should be that special compared to any other folder. In general one wants to project power via abstraction.