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+ - Fullscreen applications or window managers? 1

Submitted by larppaxyz
larppaxyz (1333319) writes "Going back in time, when 14" displays and 1024x768 resolution were big deal we really didn't have choice but to run our applications fullscreen/maximized. You just could not fit enough text and UI elements to small window. Displays and resolutions got better and we still are running our browsers, text editors and utilities maximized. Our mobile phones and tablets have UI's that are minimalistic with big and clear buttons and common tasks are replaced with gestures. Is this trend coming to desktop computer UI's also? Do you like old school window managers more than full screen applications? Does it feel easier to just switch current application instead on moving around windows? Is it just issue with our current window managers we are using (or not using)? What does this all mean to UI desing in future?"

Comment: Most folks? (Score 1) 263

by leshert (#26301081) Attached to: The Secret Origins of Microsoft Office's Clippy

Most folks think that Microsoft Office's Clippy, Microsoft Bob, and Windows XP's Search Assistant dog were perverse jokes. [need citation]

I've never heard this opinion before, to be honest. They obviously share a pedigree (no pun intended), but no company puts that much research, development, and sales investment into something they don't expect to give returns.

Education

Paying for Better Math and Science Teachers 660

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the get-what-you-pay-for dept.
Coryoth writes "While California is suffering from critical shortage of mathematics and science teachers, Kentucky is considering two bills that would give explicit financial incentives to math and science students and teachers. The first bill would provide cash incentives to schools to run AP math and science classes, and cash scholarships to students who did well on AP math and science exams. The second bill provides salary bumps for any teachers with degrees in math or science, or who score well in teacher-certification tests in math, chemistry and physics. Is such differentiated pay the right way to attract science graduates who can make much more in industry, or is it simply going to breed discontent among teachers?"
The Internet

+ - Firefox 3 Plans and IE8 Speculation

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ReadWriteWeb
ReadWriteWeb writes "Information about the next versions of Firefox and Internet Explorer suggest that the two biggest browsers are heading in different directions. Mozilla has published a wiki page detailing its plans for the next version of Firefox, codenamed "Gran Paradiso". Among the mandatory requirements listed for FF3 are improving the add-on experience, providing an extensible bookmarks back-end platform, adding more support for web services "to act as content handlers" — all of which show that Firefox wants to be an independent information broker rather than a simple HTML renderer in its next version. Also in the works is Microsoft's IE8. According to ActiveWin.com, a Microsoft official at CES told them that work has already begun for IE 8 and it may be released as a final product "within 18-24 months". Looking ahead, it's obvious that IE will continue to hook into the advanced functionality that Vista offers.

So while IE7 and Firefox 2 were more alike than different (feature-wise they're practically identical!), with IE8 and FF3 we will likely see the two biggest browsers head off into different directions."

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