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The Shape of Computers to Come

22.6.2006 by Chris N

An article on Slashdot about some graphics-pen based desktop software called 'BumpTop' started me thinking again about interface design (see 'Welcome to Userville'). But then my thinking started to run 'well I wrote that post about software design, better think of something else'. I had to think outside the box - literally. Because outside the software-displaying boundaries of the computer screen is the computer itself. What does it consist of? Typically a screen, a keyboard, a mouse and a box of tricks with a medusa-head of wires popping out the back. Tech types will tend to view the box of…

Control Lies Where on the Internet?

12.6.2006 by Mother Superior

In a radio interview last week, Lawrence Jones was asked to explain what an Internet Service Provider does. Following Lawrence's answer, Phil Wood, the host said - "so you basically run the Internet" and Lawrence's response was "I guess so,…

Four Good Things

2.6.2006 by Chris N

It's Friday, it's sunny, and in between bouts of selectitis I'm writing the UKFast blog. What could be better? Now I realise that most of the time here, I'm either attacking or generally moaning about all sorts of technical things.…

Welcome to Userville

16.5.2006 by Chris N

Working in IT is only marginally less stressful than working at CTU, a recent poll suggests. Well colour me surprised - bet if you did a similar poll of carribean beach-bar barmen they'd be moaning about the hazards of falling…

The National World Wide Web

22.3.2006 by Mother Superior

A quick glance at the news this week in the online world throws up questions about the Net's world wide status. France is voting on the threat of an iTunes monopoly, China is reconsidering its online gaming quotients and the…