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24 User Interface preferences

Many options of user interfaces and think tools make just one kind of users happy, and an ideal version for everyone does not exist — in particular if the system behaves like an independent patronizing actor who provides automatic solutions like a prosthesis instead of a tool.

Conversations with tools

The ‘conversation’ with GPT-3 certainly creates inspirations, and it can be compared to blog reactions, or to Luhmann’s communication with his Zettelkasten. But it is a matter of preferences. Continue reading

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Service interface

What personalized learning has in common with some productivity apps: a service interface.
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Snake oil serendipity?

I am skeptical that a massive accumulation of links might generate more serendipitous ideas.
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Automagical links?

Which kind of tools work for me and which do not, part 3. Think tools should not consume my attention with their autonomous creations, but help me sorting things out for myself.
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#EL30 Week 3: Plumbing?

It bugs me when some peer nerds urge all the rest of the world to adopt our way of thinking. Probably they are confusing two important things.
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Usability and Mass Market

Some blame the mass market for underachieving user interfaces. In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with mass-oriented usability. However, the idea that one optimized interface is optimal for all the mass of users (one size fits all) ignores the fact that there are several cognitive styles, each of which would constitute a separate mass market of its own.
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Software should take sides

“Getting Real” offers striking, plausible recommendations for building successful software. Several of their arguments would also support the idea that usable apps should cater to cognitive styles.
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Usability 2.0 ?

Usability “1.0″ has attempted to find the one optimized user interface, e. g. an ideal menu tree, or a perfect classification of items. The next generation usability has learned from the users of the read/write Web 2.0 that there are alternate usage profiles, and it acknowledges that there are different cognitive styles.
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