October 22nd, 2003

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[ L ] Fluid Navigation

Странно, мне казалось, что на это интерфейсное решение мне уже приходилось в журнале делать ссылку. Оказывается, что нет.

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Fluid Nav

The most important reason why I don't like the nav is that it amplifies my mouse movements so dramatically. Things happen much faster than I intuitively feel that they should, and the feel of solidity that I normally like so much in UIs is completely missing.

Another major problem with the UI is that the icons move. My reasoning for providing this facility was that the icons would appear to be moving "towards" you. When you move your mouse left, the icons move right - so you don't have to move as far to get to them. Seems like a good idea until you try to use it. It seems like what's happening is that the brain cannot get used to the fact that the icons move. We're so trained to think that icons are glued in place, that when they move we cannot react to the fact that they aren't where they used to be. I repeatedly found myself going for the place where the icon was the moment before.

So, for future reference, animating icons' positions is not a very good idea.

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  • Fluid Navigation Panes @ youngpup.net
    • Пример 1 — дикий и неуловимый
    • Пример 2 — правильно реагирующий (вернее, не реагирующий) на движение мыши в каждой из панелей, и также правильно отвечающий на желание мыши сменить панель

А также: Оконный интерфейс без трёхмерности (no z-index) @ urbansheep.

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[ L ] Prophets of the Computer Age // The Atlantic

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In July, 1945, The Atlantic Monthly published "As We May Think," by Vannevar Bush, a former Massachusetts Institute of Technology president and Director of the wartime Office of Scientific Research and Development. In his article Bush urged scientists to turn their energies from war to the task of making the vast store of human knowledge accessible and useful. The "infostructure" Bush sketched out -- including a proposal for what might be seen as a kind of precursor to hypertext -- was destined to be realized in what we now know as the Internet. "As We May Think," in fact, is generally regarded by digerati as, if not the literal blueprint for the Net and the World Wide Web, then one of its germinal seeds.

Two decades later, in the May, 1964, issue of The Atlantic, Martin Greenberger, a computer scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's School of Industrial Management, paid tribute to "the remarkable clarity of Dr. Bush's vision," and then went on to make his own startlingly accurate predictions about the future role that computers would likely play in our society. In "The Computers of Tomorrow," Greenberger posits the possibility of an "information utility," and raises the question of how government regulation might or might not play a role in this new market. The author also predicts electronic banking and computer-managed financial markets. The Internet itself may even owe something to the thinking of Mr. Greenberger: he envisions online services that offer everything from publishing capabilities, home shopping, and library research to design and engineering applications and even computerized "communities."

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Ненавижу этот интернет // Проэтоса feedmag.com

Угу. „Распределённые системы!“ Хрен найдёшь чего. Где искать архивы feedmag.com, после его кончины в 2001-м? ...Нет, у меня просто не находится слов для того, чтобы выразить свой восторг. Где бы взять машину времени...

При этом suck.com жив, хоть и не обновляется, plastic.com — тоже, и вполне процветает. „Это они мне назло, я знаю“.

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Lycos Ventures, a venture capital arm of Lycos; Advance Publications, which owns Conde Nast; and Paladin, a British venture capital group and Tripod founder Bo Peabody plunked a total of $4 million into the new partnership between Feed and Suck. I was relieved to learn that the investors intend to leave the editorial teams of both sites alone to churn out content. It's always helpful to have a rich uncle, or three, around to bootstrap creative endeavors and bail-out wayward geniuses. Isn't that the American way?

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И ещё вот:

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In the last year a wonderful thing happened. Two provocative sites, Feedmag.com and Suck.com, merged and became Automatic Media. The underlying reason for the play was the realization that content was no longer king on the Internet.

With layoffs at Salon.com and APBNews.com filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, investors are leery if not turned-off completely by the notion of handing cash to sites like Suck.com. Automatic Media was able to raise $4 million from Lycos Ventures, the venture capital arm of Lycos; Advance Publications, which owns Conde Nast; and Paladin, a British venture capital group.

In June, APBnews.com let all of its 140 employees go. The decision came on the heels of the company's inability to find a third round of private funding. As a pure play content provider, the company was simply too big a risk.

Investors may have wished to continue funding APBnews, but sources familiar with the situation said the financing decision would have been easier to swallow had the company, like other content providers, been a media as well as content play.

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[ L ] Mycroft Project

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A sherlock plugin (also called Mycroft plugin by the Mozilla community) is a little file telling your computer what kind of information a search engine is expecting and in what form the results are returned. A small image file completes the plugin by assigning an icon to it, so that it's easily recognized.

It's quite hard for users to discover that you can add more search engines to either Mozilla Seamonkey or Mozilla Firebird. If you landed here, then you can consider yourself as lucky, because you've found the right place where you can download lots of new plugins.

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Рекомендуются: яндекс.лингво, йа.ру, гугл.ком, вебстер, архив.орг, википедия, остальное (типа пхп.нет) по вкусу. Правда, надо бы для гугла написать другой плагин - под google.com.ru, и с сотней результатов поиска.

Так как ложатся они в %FirebirdFolder%/searchplugins, то удаление проблемой тоже не является, насколько я могу понять.

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[ Q ] Ku So

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<chieko_morisato@MOCHA.OCN...> wrote:
> Kuso Bijutsu-kan ("The Imaginary Art Museum")

Just in case anyone else misunderstood the romanization, the name of the museum is pronounced "kuu sou" (sky idea), not "ku so" (excrement). Maybe "Fantasy Art Museum" would be a better translation. "Imaginary" has the implication that the museum contains things that are not art, or only pretend to be art.

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