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Comment Beautiful (Score 5, Interesting) 197

This is so beautiful. It might be the first web service I truly, really like. It's in the right place at the right time. People, me included, love clicking "upvote" buttons all day long, because they like to show appreciation and it gives them a feeling of power. How much more meaningful this becomes when there's money attached! It will feel great to "flatter" people with some of your money, while never bothering to keep track of "how much you spend" (stressful, anyone will tell you), as it's a constant that you've decided you want to give out to the world for a month.

I don't know about you guys, but this fits my mental model of donations better than anything before. I think it'll catch on, because both providers and consumers will love it. We will move to a web with less crap. Maybe even reverse Sturgeon's law.

Comment Re:Not a $100 laptop (Score 1) 220

Oh, you'd think so, wouldn't you?

Couple of years back I tried to build my dad a cheap wordprocessing machine. I got a pentium II, 64MB RAM-type one, put Ubuntu with fluxbox and Abiword on it. Boot time: 4 minutes. Time to usable Abiword: 2 minutes. Probably spent most of that swapping in and out. Then the UI was _crawling_. My dad quipped that "wow, Linux must be for rich people".

So I had to swap that with a Win98, Word97 setup and suddenly it was flying.

When this sort of box was the state of art, Ubuntu didn't exist, and AbiWord was just starting out. Can't blame them they didn't care to make their product fast enough - after all, devs just use nice new machines, right?

On an old box Linux might be great for VIM but that's not all everyone needs :)

Comment Re:Confusing icon practices (Score 1) 256

I'm thankful that they put text underneath the icons so I can tell WTF the icon is for, but the text makes the icon redundant.

OK, fifteen pages of complainers who have no idea about HCI now... let me give you a clue.

Icons are beneficial in all interfaces - menus, file managers, toolbars, you name it. They let you find what you're looking for faster. The human brain is optimized to recognize and analyze colors and shapes. When you're confronted with a menu of 10 programs, research shows you find yours more easily by looking for the circular blue-and-red icon than the words "Mozilla Firefox".

Factors in icon design include:
- A clear shape. Firefox is a circle, VS is an infinity symbol, Notepad is a rectangular notebook, and Word is a W in a square.
- Evocative colors. A red cross means delete, a green tick means confirm, yellow-black strips mean security, gray means utility application
- A unique, simple, recognizable design. Your brain sees it a few times and henceforth only looks for the icon, because it's less strain than reading the text.

If you don't trust me, perhaps you'll believe:
Microsoft
Apple

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