[mythtv-users] Why Free Software has poor usability ?
Jay R. Ashworth
jra at baylink.com
Wed Aug 6 15:29:17 UTC 2008
On Wed, Aug 06, 2008 at 10:50:33AM -0400, Michael T. Dean wrote:
> Or, if someone else does something to improve things, please stop
> b****ing if your "Recording brightness for shows from channels whose
> name ends with '-dark'" option gets removed from Myth. Instead, figure
> out how it's /supposed/ to work and do things right. (Yeah, that's a
> made-up option so I don't bruise anyone's fragile ego by calling out any
> (more) of the real useless settings.) Usability doesn't mean you never
> have to learn and adapt to changes--take a look at MS Office 2007 if you
> don't believe me... :)
To be fair: the problem on that sort of thing isn't the options
themselves... it stems from failures on two other point:
Progressive Complexity (hiding knobs until users need them)
Getting the Defaults Right (if you pick the right default setting, most
users don't need to know the knob's there).
Jay R. Ashworth Baylink jra at baylink.com
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