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[drifting OT] Etch-A-Sketches (Re: [agile-usability] Re: question for a usability guru)

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  • Randy MacDonald
    Hi folks; The Etch-A-Sketch was my first show-and-tell toy at school. The desire to etch all the silver off to see what s behind helped me later to understand
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      Hi folks;

      The Etch-A-Sketch was my first show-and-tell toy at school. The desire to
      etch all the silver off to see what's behind helped me later to understand
      the concept of space-filling curves.

      Sometimes m.m. can prove fertile.

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      From: "Jared M. Spool" <jspool@...>
      To: <agile-usability@yahoogroups.com>
      Cc: <agile-usability@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Monday, August 29, 2005 11:29 AM
      Subject: RE: [agile-usability] Re: question for a usability guru


      > At 10:25 AM 8/29/2005, Jon Meads wrote:
      > >One of the things I point out in my lectures about usability is that
      > >products which are "easy to use" and "user-friendly" (not quite the same
      > >thing as usability) but which don't provide useful functionality are
      > >equivalent to etch-a-sketches - maybe fun but of minimal lasting value.
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      > Minimal lasting value??? If only most of the technology I have in my
      office
      > would last as long and provide as much joy as the etch-a-sketch has.
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      > I'll take half the profits from etch-a-sketch, any day. I wish I'd
      invented it.
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      > I see your point, but I think you need a new poster child.
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      > Jared
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      > Jared M. Spool, Founding Principal, User Interface Engineering
      > 4 Lookout Lane, Unit 4d, Middleton, MA 01949
      > 978 777-9123 jspool@... http://www.uie.com
      > Blog: http://www.uie.com/brainsparks
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