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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…

Desktop Psychology

5.4.2006 by Chris N

You can tell a lot about a person by sneaking up to their desk when they're out of the office, rifling through their pockets and messing around on their PC - or, if you're afforded god-like status by virtue of…