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I'm Mike Pope. I live in the Seattle area. I've been a technical writer and editor for over 30 years. I'm interested in software, language, music, movies, books, motorcycles, travel, and ... well, lots of stuff.

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The goal of a GUI is to present the user with as few decision points as possible. Remember the Macintosh dictum that the user should never have to tell the machine anything that it knows or can deduce for itself. "As few as possible decision points" is another way of stating the guiding principle of good UI design for end-users: Allow the user the luxury of ignorance. This does not mean that you can't reward acquired knowledge with more choices and more power; you can and should do that. But the user should also be able to choose to remain ignorant and still get all their basic tasks done. The more thoroughly software developers internalize the truth that real users have better things to do with their time and attention than worship at the shrine of geek technical prowess, the better off everyone will be.

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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 8/17/2018

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  08:29 AM

Not along ago I got an HTC HD7 phone, for which I wanted a resilient case of some sort. I ended up with a PowerSkin case that is protective and that also includes a battery. Clever idea.

Whilst perusing the box, I noticed the following clarification. Really? Someone is confused about this?

PowerSkin packaging that includes the note '(phone not included)'


More dubious guidance: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

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