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*Sigh*... having spent the last few weeks upgrading the kernel on my laptop and getting everything working just the way I wanted, the hard disk fairies came on Friday and sprinkled their crash dust all over the innards of my trusty Travelstar.

A quick trip to Peats at lunchtime is called for I guess...

6 May 2004 (updated 7 May 2004 at 12:35 UTC) »
Java Desktop System Release 2 was announced this week, which includes some cool new enterprise management features and Java development tools. The only downside is that it's still based on relatively old versions of GNOME and the GNU/Linux kernel, but hey-- Release 3 should take care of that :)

Got my hands on The Official GNOME 2.0 Developers Guide today, for a bargain price thanks to an Amazon.co.uk cock-up :) Whether or not, after ten years of being employed by companies to "design and implement user interfaces", Sun will be the first where I actually have time to do any of the implementation part, remains to be seen.

Don't buy a Hotpoint WD61. They eat your clothes.

Today's book game output:

To turn the car to the right, one turns the steering wheel clockwise (so that its top moves to the right).
Aw CHI the Noo

Just back from CHI 2004, the biggest annual usability conference, this year staged in Vienna. Jiri Mzourek, Matthias Müller-Prove and I presented an HCI Overview paper about usability in open source software-- specifically, NetBeans, OpenOffice.org and GNOME.

Bumped into Ron Bird, who I haven't seen or heard from in 10 years when we worked at the now-defunct Reuters Usability Group in London. Also bumped into Seth, from whom we skilfully managed to avoid taking any questions at the end of our presentation :)

Coolest talk by far was from the guys at Carnegie Mellon who invented the ESP Game which, if a not unreasonable number of people play it, could end up generating accurate textual descriptions of every image on the web within a month[1]... neat idea or what?

[1] Sort of.

Tsk... can't believe Luis went all the way to Nuernberg and doesn't appear to have visited the toy museum!

Paddy's Day in Dublin

Sunny, windy, expensive, streets too crowded to see or do much. And he was Welsh anyway. At least we got a day off though...

Wireless GUIs

Been working on a draft UI spec for some wireless enhancements to JDS. Barely has the electronic ink dried than Mark has implemented and committed some of it-- what a guy :)

Apparently our household has acquired an EyeToy. I may never be allowed near PES3 again...

Finally joined the wireless age today... albeit in the least impressive way possible. I now have a bluetooth V90 modem so I don't have to trail a cable roud my flat any more :) The Windows driver software for my USB dongle was a pain to configure, though... hope it proves easier on Linux, but somehow I doubt it...

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