Human Computer Interface

I know I’m going to need to read this document again when it comes to HCI design at uni. It makes a very good (and reasonable) point about the five most easily accessible points on the screen for a user. That being the point directly under the mouse already; and the four corners of the screen.

This made me think about it a bit and realise a potential problem with Windows 98’s HCI (I haven’t seen this picked up yet on that document but it’s probably been realised somewhere): If you push your cursor right down into the bottom left of the screen and click – it doesn’t work. You actually have to move up and right a bit to get to the Start menu! Once you notice that you begin to realise how annoying it is and how easy it could’ve been to fix! (after all – the X icon in the top right of maximised screens appears to have a padding between it and the edge of the screen but click the corner and it works!).

Does anybody know if this was fixed in XP?

Blog Odds & Good Film

I’m thinking of changing the style of this blog to have several days’ worth of entries on the front page….hmmmm.

In other news I watched a good movie tonight, Road to Perdition tonight. It was a very good movie, although a little predictable and fairly hard to follow who’s who. Very good acting though, on all parts and not just Tom Hanks’. I reckon it’s worth watching!

Just noticed that the advert for Faking It on Channel 4 has a bit of music in the background that I can’t get out of my head recently. It’s Police, Every Breathe You Take, mixed with a Mafia stylee bit of music. It was also in a recent episode of the Sopranos where the FBI are following them all. Excellent mix, and I can’t find it anywhere. Bugger.

Sun to Explode

You’d have thought a story about the Sun exploding within Six Years would’ve gotten more coverage than it has…

UK Nearing 1 Million Broadband Couch Potatoes

Excellent. Nearly one million broadband users in the UK. This seems to be a good thing – it’s a sign perhaps that the Internet is not nearly as crap, pointless and value-free as many might’ve been led to believe. Hopefully given the surge in demand for broadband investment in online companies will start to pick up again.

It did strike me as a bit odd that 21st Century technology involved a connection speed not even at 56K (UK regs allow 52 I think…) – it still amazes me how long it’s taking for BT to get their act together (and that goes for Oftel too!)

Something should really be made of Wifi and MANs (Mtropolitan Area Networks) – they appear to work well in the States and seem a perfectly viable alternative around here. Just still a snag with rural areas though, although Cardiff I think are working on something (I’ll try and dig up the url).

Radio Star

Hopefully next week Me and Chris will make a comeback to Surge radio next week. If I ask the scheduler Kat nicely I might be able to get two two hour slots – depends how busy they are though. At least one would be nice.

We’ve also got the lovely Em on the show (Em’s on the left of that photo), who’s already provided us enthusiastically with lists of songs to play for the first week. The Liberty X selection is foregiveable – this time.

I’ll do a website at some point. Prolly.

Oh yeah? What’s the plural of Crayola? Crayolas or Crayoli?

Yet another bleedin’ Blog

I never know how to start new websites. Err. Hi? This is my new blog (I’ve had others), which will hopefully be an interesting read to the travelling web surfers, as well as an eclectic collection of useful, useless and great web links!

The style is slightly different to most blogs. I only post the latest day’s blog on the front page. If you want to see older posts you can either move back through the little navigation tabs up by the date, or go through the archives.

More blurb soon… I promise.

A new day, a new blog

Sometimes I worry that I spend too much time on the Internet. But it’s not hard to see the attraction. The Internet is huge. There’s all sorts of things out there, from the surreal, to the funny, to the serious.