Designing Windows 95’s User Interface

Socket 3

win95uidesignThree years ago I came across an interesting paper written up by a Microsoft employee, Kent Sullivan, on the process and findings of designing the new user interface for Windows 95. The web page has since been taken down – one reason why I’m a bit of a digital hoarder.

It specified some of the common issues experienced from Windows 3.1’s Program Manager shell and looked at the potential of developing a separate shell for ‘beginners’. Admittedly my inclination was that this was possibly inspired by Apple’s At Ease program that was reasonably popular during the System 7 days. I remember At Ease well during my primary school years, so kids couldn’t mess with the hard disk in Finder.

So here’s what Kent had to say verbatim in his paper titled “The Windows 95 User Interface: A Case Study in Usability Engineering” so it’s not lost altogether.

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The “Reading The Mind In The Eyes” Test: A Collaborative Critique

Lemon Peel

Once upon a time, there was this damn test invented by the Baron-Cohen Lab meant to measure an individual’s ability to read emotions from facial expressions. It was kind of a silly explosion. It’s real-life name is the “Reading the Mind in the Eyes Test,” and as of right now, GoogleScholar says that it has been cited over 2100 times since the “revised” edition was published in 2001. I have always been somewhat skeptical of this test, which 1. Contains only photos of white people, and 2. Includes only photos of young, heavily made-up, conventionally attractive women, whose expressions (according to the test) are “flirtatious,” “fantasizing,” “desire,” or “interested.” In case you aren’t familiar with the work of the Baron-Cohen Lab, they’re responsible for everyone’s favorite “Extreme Male Brain Theory” of autism.

So Dani and I thought it would be fun to get a few snarky/funny autistic women together to…give…

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My Autistic Fractals in the 4th Dimension of Consciousness

Henny Kupferstein

In UNIPAZ, Brasilia, I had the honor of presenting my lived experience to a class of transpersonal psychology students. In my presentation, I demonstrate how my eyes sees objects as conceptual fractals from within the 4th dimension of consciousness. You may notice some gaps in the talking. This video has been edited to remove the Portuguese translation provided in realtime by Alfredo. 

English transcription of presentation at UNIPAZ, Brazil:

Being in the United States diagnosed as autistic, provided me a really nice fancy package to understand my differences. But the more I understood myself, the more I was witnessing the trauma of those who did not have the privilege of this identity. As you are going through transformation in your education, you are experiencing an evolution of your own identity. That is a privilege that you now have, because you can choose this process. 

The autistic child is under identity…

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RE: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: note to self (1100 words)

The Center for Experimental Telepathy

The bright half-circle of the moon catches Naveed’s eye and he looks up to see it is illuminated from the wrong side, a smile when it should be a frown. A few years ago this would have drawn crowds of upturned faces, a full spectrum of expressions from mesmerized wonder to epinephrine-drenched horror. Now nobody seems to notice.

This is the global phenomenon in microcosm: when the end of the universe comes, people react not with panic and chaos but with boredom and indifference.

Of course, it isn’t really the end of the universe; only our universe, or what we thought was our universe. And it came gradually enough — gradual on the timescale modern humans are used to serious events unfolding, anyway.

Enough that scientists had an opportunity to go through their perplexities and arguments and coalesce around a few theories nobody could disprove, the least implausible of which…

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