Another stellar use of MS's time
Meanwhile, the alternative "verbal communications" application known as Teams continues to add nonsense nobody's asked for while blithely ignoring feature requests that have been open for years.
Microsoft has dropped a beta of Expressive Pixels, a delightfully retro editor aimed at flinging animated visuals at LED displays. Designed for nonverbal communication, the software has both the worthy goal of improving accessibility as well as being an amusing toy. Microsoft suggested the following scenario: "You're sitting …
Not sure if they still do but I remember years ago (10+) we had the Microsoft book on GUI design which we had to follow and a massively meaty tomb it was. Not really a bad book a lot of it was just common sense but following it did give a consistency to our GUIs.
Just a shame that Microsoft’s own software did not follow it, more a case of do as we say not as we do. ;)
The Common User Access Guidelines were a wonderful thing... and from IBM rather than MS, though MS followed them for a long time. I was working on OS/2 and Windows applications in the first half of 90s and everything working consistently across apps and OSes was great, unlike today where half the time you're not sure if that's a button or a link or just a bit of text :-(
See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_Common_User_Access for a bit of history
Thanks for the shout-out about TI99/4a games! I spent years happily coding sprites for games I wrote for that sadly underpowered machine. But its graphics processor made up for the lack of power.
Ah, the olden golden times! When programmers were robust, and TI-99/4A's ran at 1 Mhz.
And we cared about making our code efficient and use recourced wisely.
And "Hello World" was not a 10Mb binary. (or something like that)
And when Online Ads were someone's wet dream.
And Zuck was in short trousers.
Those were the days.
Now we get all sorts of ad slurping frameworks, trackers for everything under the sun, bloated code and despite Multi GigaHz CPU's things still run like a dog with one leg.
Back in the mid 90s I was working for a small games company. Being a semi-senior member of a small team I was often the person others turned to with questions. Most of the time I was happy to help, but occasionally I just needed to get stuff done. One particular day I had to get a demo finished for the following morning, and the interruptions were coming thick and fast. I ended up taping a big “Fuck off, I’m busy” sign to the back of my chair. Which worked really well until about half six in the evening when I got a friendly tap on my shoulder. “That’s not very nice,” said the cleaner with a big grin on her face.
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