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Comment No, its about the Trinity ... (Score 1) 77

This is the holy trinity of computers:

* Hardware + Software + User Experience

Great Hardware enables great software.
Great Software empowers the user experience.
Great user experiences has people loving computers.

Crappy hardware can only make for poor software.
Poor software makes for laggy user experience.
Laggy user experience has people hating computers.

If you're frame rate (or UI) is not targeting at least 60+ Hz, you're doing it wrong. Only amateurs target 30 Hz.

Comment Re:UI chases fads (Score 2) 314

Preach it brother!

Worse, all sense of color has been removed -- icons are now monochromatic.

* Before users had two ways ways to identify icons: color, and silhouette.
* Now with "flat shading" users only have 1 way to identify icons: silhouette.

And this "flat" stuff is 'better' ??? NOT.

Comment Re:UI chases fads (Score 1) 314

> Seriously, Microsoft deciding to drop colors from icons had me very preplexed.

That's because all the modern UI designers are color blind. They would rather pick gaudy colors and visual vomit, then work within a 1 or 2 color "theme" and make that look good.

It is the modern approach of "throw shit at a wall and see what sticks" mentality.

Comment Re:UI chases fads (Score 5, Insightful) 314

> Skeuomorphic design is stupid and childish.

There is a name for myopic people who assumes their religion is "best" for everyone; their immature "my way is the only way" mentality is called a cult.

The *proper* solution is to give users a **choice** -- because good style is subjective.

Naturally, that begs the question, what is good? We'll get to that in a second.

Some people think this bookshelf is absolutely beautiful. Compare and contrast to the "modern" version which is bland and boring. All sense of charm, and uniqueness is flushed down the crapper -- Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft now all look the same. **Yawn**

I'm not the only one who hates the flat button look. All these modern designs look the same -- bland. Skeuomorphism matches what a real calculator looks like -- and you can pry my HP48SX from my cold, dead hands, thank-you very much.

Again, the best decision would be to match what users prefer. Some prefer the former, others prefer the latter. BOTH choices are OK. But designers love to pretend that they know better -- and shove their crap down my throat regardless if I like it or not.

Personally, I find antiskeuomorphism design to be dumb and gaudy -- as there no context for what is foreground and background. Congratulations, you've removed all signal and just made everything noise!. How is completely over-loading the user with noise helping them???

Maybe you prefer the gaudy, boxy design of Windows 1, er, Windows 8, but many people sure don't.

UI should be about empowering users -- NOT "let's make everything look bland, sterile, gaudy, lifeless and make me want to gouge my eyes out" because that's what modern UI has become. A clusterfuck of visual vomit.

IMO skeuomorphism is like spice

* Too much and you get indigestion.
* Too little and everything is "flat" and lacking.

I also disagree that "flat design" is skeuomorphic but that is a topic for another day.

Henry Poincare derived the e=mc^2 Mass-Energy equivalence 5 years earlier before Einstein. Einstein also abbreviated it as a linear equation instead of an infinite series.

Comment UI chases fads (Score 4, Interesting) 314

Part of the problem is that modern UI designers chase fads. (The previous fad was antiskeuomorphism.)

You can see this in the UI "devolution" of Photoshop and others tools:

* The background used to be black on white, aka "light" themes.
* Now "dark" themes are in vogue -- with white on black.

Also, True Type / Postscript / Web fonts still don't support color gradients. The classic is the old vertical "Orange-Yellow-White" gradient font used in Raiders of the Lost Ark

Yet back in 1992 this was trivial with bitmap fonts:

* Ultima 7 Main Menu
* Ultima 7 NPC Dialog

Most UI designers are clueless about the difference print fonts (serif) and screen fonts (sans serif). I don't expect many of them to understand the pixel grid

DVD / Blu-Ray Region Locking == Price Fixing.

Submission + - Microsoft Raises UK Cloud, Software Prices 22% After Brexit-Fuelled Pound Drop

Mickeycaskill writes: Microsoft is to substantially increase its prices for software and cloud services prices offered in British pounds in order to accommodate the sharp drop in the currency against the US dollar in recent weeks.

Beginning in January 2017 on-premises enterprise software prices will go up by 13 percent and most enterprise cloud prices will increase by 22 percent, bringing them into line with euro prices.

Microsoft said it isn’t planning to change its prices for consumer software and cloud services.

The value of the pound has fallen by about 18 percent since the EU referendum on 23 June.

Comment Re:Come on... (Score 1) 236

I'm not sure whether to laugh or cry at just how true that it ... :-/

I'm reminded of a phrase from Murphy's Computer Laws:

If builders built buildings the way programmers write programs,
then the first woodpecker that came along would destroy civilization.

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