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Excellent collection of Visual Phenomena August 25, 2005

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…otherwise known as “Optical Illusions”. Check it out:

http://www.michaelbach.de/ot/index.html

I’ve seen many of these before, but really enjoyed finding so many in one place. The Lilac Chaser and Stepping Feet illusions are particularly interesting, IMHO.

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Historical gallery of Graphical User Interfaces August 19, 2005

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I can’t believe I’ve never run across this site before…

Be sure to check out GUIdebook: Graphical User Interface gallery. As its name indicates, it contains TONS of information on GUIs throughout history – screenshots, videos, usage details, etc. The subjects run from the Amiga OS, to GNOME, to Magic Cap and the Newton OS. Heck, I’m just happy they feature the GUIs of my beloved Apple II – long live GS/OS!!!

(Oh, and the “Interface Element Obituary Poster” area is rather interesting… ;-)

They also just posted a great interview with John Gruber posted. John is the author of a rather interesting site, Daring Fireball. I may not always agree with his opinion on everything, but do believe he takes a unique position in critiquing user interface elements and design considerations which you and I probably never consider (has anyone ever read Tog’s take on Fitt’s Law?)

Here I come to save the day… August 2, 2005

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FINALLY, I can talk about the coolest input device I’ve seen in quite a while – Apple’s Mighty Mouse.

This is a multi-button mouse done right, folks – from the no-button buttons (it senses pressure on the smooth shell, eliminating the need for separate buttons), to the scroll ball (how obvious an enhancement is that?), to the programmable functions which are possible for each button press (including a simple mode, where each button simple provides a single click).

Oh, and just to show the attention to detail: It does NOT make physical sounds when you click or scroll – it actually has a speaker embedded in the mouse, to provide audible feedback for these actions. Wow.

Check it out. IMHO, this is the mouse by which all others will soon be judged. It doesn’t matter that Apple held off on embracing more than one mouse button – because when they finally did, they did it right.