OT: Apple at 30 - My Piece of the Big Fruit

Richard Gaskin ambassador at fourthworld.com
Thu Mar 30 23:44:36 EST 2006


Chipp Walters wrote:

> Richard Gaskin wrote:
>> Chipp Walters wrote:
>> 
>>> I still don't understand why I can't resize a window from any side :-(
> 
>> Funny, whenever I use Windows I wonder why I can't move a window from 
>> any side.  :(
> 
> Heh, cute (told you I'd use it).
> 
> Still, when trying to 'grow' my script window (to see more of my script) 
> which I typically keep at the bottom of my screen, it takes me how many 
> clicks on the Mac?...hmmm

I don't think it's all that deep.  One OS vendor thinks window borders 
should be used for resizing, the other thinks they should be used for 
moving.

My gripe is that neither will publish the research supporting their 
position, leaving both vendors vulnerable to accusations that such 
things aren't really research-driven at all, but merely some executive's 
edict.

I miss the days when an OS UI researcher had as part of his job 
description providing explanations of the "why" behind the "what".

Well, on second thought one of them does:
<http://blogs.msdn.com/jensenh/>

Apple used to do that with Tog, but abandoned the practice some time 
before Amelio fired the entire UI research staff in "a cost-cutting 
move" (talk about gutting the goose that laid the golden eggs).  The 
rumor mill says they were replaced by Jobs, but other rumors say they 
were replaced with graphic artists, and Apple's so tight-lipped these 
days it's not possible to know whether they even do UI research anymore.

Meanwhile, the Office 12 team at Microsoft has been blogging some damn 
interesting stuff there at Jensen Harris' site.  Thanks, Dan, for 
turning me on to that blog.

Sure wish Apple was as proud of its team members as Microsoft is of 
theirs.  While Microsoft celebrates Harris, Apple appears to conceal 
their research staff.

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  Richard Gaskin
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