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Comment Re:Solution: (Score 1) 133

Talk to the users about the problems. Talk to a User Experience designer about the features to solve those problems. Talk to a developer to implement those designs. Programmers are too analytical to solve the problem in a way that makes sense to the average user (which is why so many of the older programs were deemed difficult for lay people to use). User Experience designers do a lot of A/B testing to figure out what visual metaphors make sense to the users with guidance about what A and B can be from the developers. [I say this speaking as a developer, knowing my own limitations.]

Comment Re:Translation (Score 2) 213

All of the things mentioned by the parent can be done for $200 with the MS Band.....sure, it's not as pretty, but functionally, it's all there (and works on all platforms). Or you can do all of that with an Android watch for various different price points (but not necessarily on iOS).

I have the MS Band and I pretty much bought it just to be able to do what he mentioned --- have notifications on my wrist. Of course, I'm on Windows Phone and it was my only compatible options, otherwise, I likely would have picked one of the Android watches.

Comment Re:"Harbinger of Failure" = Hipsters? (Score 1) 300

Sonia Kashuk loose powder -- they've resized the package (smaller) and increased the price twice and then finally changed the formulation that it isn't the same product

She's had to change deodorants a couple of different times

Most of her favorite shows get cancelled early

A lot of household goods, but I don't remember them all. It's not all about the electronics.

Comment Re:"Harbinger of Failure" = Hipsters? (Score 1) 300

My wife has terrible luck with products and she is *NOT* a hipster by any means. She's very particular about things and many of them get cancelled causing yet another search. But I suspect it's her particularities that don't match what people commonly want that leads to their demise (for instance she has a big issue with scents, so finding unscented make-up is important for her --- other people probably don't care and have other priorities).

Comment Re: Hate to be that guy, but Linux (Score 1) 517

Which is why I'm so surprised that people hated on Win8 as much as they did. It's not Vista's just different than what people are used to. And a few tweaks to make the Desktop the default and thinking of the Start Screen as a full-screen Start Menu and it really is better than Windows 7.

If you didn't have to work so hard, you'd have more time to be depressed.