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Windows XP Pro

weather: raining
outside: 7°C
mood: ecstatic
I'm setting up to run tests from WinXP Pro. I managed to make XP not look like cheap Fisher Price plastic and make it not act like it was made for a stupid ninny user. No offense to Fisher Price intended, I meant to diss MicroSod.

If I have to work with this thing, I can't be getting to urge to drop-kick it every 30 seconds. =)


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bdspitapit31
Apr. 23rd, 2003 07:44 pm (UTC)
Augh!! My fiance uses XP and LOVES it, and I always tell him it looks like a little kid thing. Just the interface. He disagrees. I think he is in denial.
bride
Apr. 23rd, 2003 08:29 pm (UTC)
Y'know, I kinda worry about people who actually like that blaring blue-red contrast... like, maybe they're partially colour blind and the red actually looks like purple or green, so it's not quite so bad to them.

But, that raises a very interesting philosophical question, though. Do we all actually see the same colours as everyone else? Colour blindness aside, we call the same colours the same thing, but how do we know that we're not just calling different colours the same name?

Maybe he's actually seeing Navy and Sky Blue, but calling it "Dark Blue" and "Red" and thinks it looks good. =)
bdspitapit31
Apr. 23rd, 2003 08:51 pm (UTC)
Re:
I wonder about that color thing all the time. ALL the time. I have spent hours of my life wondering away about that very question.
bride
Apr. 23rd, 2003 09:56 pm (UTC)
Re:
Really? Have you thought about how you could go about trying to demonstrate something like that? Is it even possible to demonstrate anything?
bdspitapit31
Apr. 23rd, 2003 11:34 pm (UTC)
I'm fairly well convinced that it would be impossible to demonstrate. I don't know any more about the eye than what you learn in high school really... one of these days when I am not bombarded with school, work, wedding planning, teaching certification, job searching, and apartment hunting, maybe I'll read up on it. Heh. I'm not sure what exactly determines the colors we see, but I don't know how it could be proven. Say I look at the folder in front of me and see red. You also look at it and say red, but if I were to look at it through your eyes somehow, I would see green? I wonder if any studies have been done on this... wouldn't it be an amazing discovery? It would be very hard to vocalize (that's not the word I want) though... a whole new vocabulary scheme would have to be created to name these colors that we all see differently.
It's just one of those random things that I find absolutely fascinating, like black holes, and the lost colony of Roanoke.
bride
Apr. 24th, 2003 09:46 am (UTC)
It would probably start out as an empirical study of the cones in the retina. It might be the shape of the cones, it might be the type of signal it sends to the hypothalamus... (I'm just talking out my ass, I don't know) =)

That would certainly explain why some people prefer ... interesting juxtapositions of colour. =)
(Anonymous)
Apr. 24th, 2003 12:53 pm (UTC)
color vision
diveintomark.org has some good material about how differing color discrimination ability should be taken into account in web site design; all of this ought to carry over into any kind of computer interface design:

http://diveintomark.org/archives/2002/06/25/day_12_using_color_safely.html

(one of his linked references is busted; it's "nothing but dots" at http://oblivio.com/road/02031801.shtml)

Katja
http://brokenclay.org/journal/
bride
Apr. 24th, 2003 01:03 pm (UTC)
Re: color vision
Ooo, good one! =)
bdspitapit31
Apr. 27th, 2003 04:30 am (UTC)
Re:
You know, now I'm wondering how this might extend to the other senses... do we all taste the same? Do we all smell the same? (Those sentences did not come out sounding how I meant, but I know you'll know what I mean!!) It's 4:30am, I should go to sleep!!
bride
Apr. 27th, 2003 07:43 am (UTC)
Re:
*g* Yeah, I know what you mean =)
(Anonymous)
Apr. 24th, 2003 09:46 am (UTC)
xp pro
User interface aside, I'm really pleased with WinXP in comparison with Win98. It's way, way more robust, and it has REAL USER ACCOUNTS! Let me tell you, as the mother of the 3 teenagers, being able to limit their access or cut off their accounts alltogether is worth its weight in gold.

Katja
http://brokenclay.org/journal/
bride
Apr. 24th, 2003 01:26 pm (UTC)
Re: xp pro
User interface aside, I'm really pleased with WinXP in comparison with Win98.

Yeah, I can totally see that =)

I was just referring to the Personalized Menus, the animated window opening/closing, hiding extensions, the massively huge buttons and annoying stuff like that.
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