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I sent the googlezon movie John Mitchell posted on his blog last week to a few friends. My wife thought it was pretty cool/scary/etc and started some snooping in her down time. She pointed me to this incredibly scary story about what happens when software goes wrong, the story of the Error 54 on the Therac-25. As scary as the fictional look at our googlezon future is, the real-life current state...
on Mar 14, 2005
There has been some great talk about usability over the last week. Most of us here are primarily developers or technical managers. I want to remind everybody that there is a whole field of study around usability with several books, websites, conferences, and workshops to help you design your applications. I think its great that we are all talking about usabiliy. I in fact have worked as a...
on Aug 5, 2003
I took another look at SwingSightings recently, and something struck me -- most of the user interfaces (UIs) for the Swing applications are not very good. I'm not naming names and I'm not saying everything is bad (there are in fact some pretty cool apps up there). What I am saying is that on a whole they are not so great. Since we love Java, we can see the potential in these applications. We can...
on Jul 30, 2003
The Client Provisioning Spec is a J2EE framework for bundling and distributing applications and resources to various clients. This is a great and generally applicable idea. The problem is that there is a huge focus on J2ME -- both at this conference and in the JSRs. As a result, the focus for the Client Provisioning Spec is on distributing J2ME apps. Taking a look across the other technologies...
on Jun 11, 2003