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Computer Icons Are a Stupid Idea

July 19th, 2013 No comments

I hate icons. They are a regression to the era of the cave man.

Suppose we want to have a symbol for “email” on the computer so that you know where to click to look at your email. What would we think, starting from scratch, if our designers pondered whether they should use a picture of a mailbox, or of a letter, or maybe a line with a lightning sign, or a little mailman, and brought all those symbols to the CEO for his choice. Read more…

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A New Kind of Laptop Mouse

January 11th, 2009 1 comment

What we need is a laptop mouse that can be attached to a laptop. This seems easily achievable. What we need is for it to be cordless and to lock into place in the laptop. The first thing needed is for the laptop to have a built-in infrared (is that what they use?) beamer to remove the need for a cord. That’s easily done. The second thing needed is to have a shape of mouse that can be locked into a laptop easily. Probably the best shape is long and narrow and thin, like a pen but shorter. It should have a wheel in the middle and buttons on each side.

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Wooden Forks

October 4th, 2007 No comments

Kew Gardens had these nice wooden implements at the cafe near the Victoria Gate. Aren’t they better than plastic?

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