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Journal: Tracking Recent Slashdot Astroturfing/Shilling/Trolling 5

Journal by nschubach

Lately there have been a number of accounts created for a short period of time that dump very large posts right after stories make the front page. The posts are usually very long, containing multiple links and having a clear Pro-Microsoft Anti-Google bias. I'm really only making this journal entry to keep a track record of the accounts I believe are sock puppets for this movement. I may get some of these wrong, but more likely than not, I feel this will be pretty accurate.

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Journal: Is search a sign of bad design?

Journal by nschubach

I'll admit, I fell in love with Sony's XMB interface. It's so simple and easy to use. Everything is placed in categories, the files open how you'd expect (for the most part), and you can easily mass delete or move files to alternative drives. It has it's flaws, but overall I think it flows better for the common user (ie. my parents) than current alternatives. Since then, I've pondered different interface designs including BeOS, Windows, Gnome, KDE, and more recently "Smart Phones." My hands on experience is limited to PC/Console interfaces.

I see a trend that's becoming more and more pervasive: Search.

Personally, I feel as though search is merely a bandage fix to a poor interface design. If the user cannot quickly find their application or document, is it their fault or the fault of the interface design? I could understand if it was voice operated. Telling a computer "Open Applications, Internet, Run Firefox" seems a bit clumsy. With the inevitable presence of touchscreen devices though, doesn't it seem more clumsy to have to type in what you need to find instead of placing it three taps or a slide away?

Another perspective for discussion: Why does Internet search feel acceptable, but desktop search feels like broken design? Quantity of content?

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