10 Jan 2002 nymia   » (Master)

Second Session

Training continued. Users have shown efficiency in the use of the mouse. Though some couldn't perform a steady hit, causing a drag effect to happen. Another was the hand-eye- mouse coordination, most users exhibit tracking problems when moving the mouse. Sometimes, they would move the mouse beyond the mouse pad causing the mouse pointer to stop moving or move in different directions. Moreover, others have shown the stiff-hand problem, where the hand was stiffened to the point where the mouse couldn't move a inch, even the clicking action wouldn't work though. Things like that will definitely take time though. On the other hand, others have shown great strides, like minimizing, maximizing and restoring of windows. It's great to see them getting the hang of it.

The trainer proceeded to a more elaborate exercise by letting them play with the drawing program. Step by step, the trainer showed them the various tools needed to perform a draw, erase and change color. The users responded by creating doodles and other simple images like an ocean view with tropical trees.

The session then proceeded to the next level. The level of difficulty were raised as the trainer told the users to open the word processor. For the first five minutes, the trainer and I where very busy helping them grasp how editing works. Then moving on comparing the differences between a real typewriter and an electronic one. It took an hour to get the necessary skills passed though.

One of the interesting part was when they were asked to write something using the wordprocessor. Most of them wrote simple prose, while some surprized me by their poems and short essay on how they came here. Man, that was something.


Decided to download phpGroupware. Might port the legacy factory application code into it.


Stumbled into this interesting TV program. It certainly is controversial from my point of view since some of its contents present eye-openning ideas. Some of them cover interesting personalities like the rock- and-rollen guy. Another was the question of why corporations have so much power, in terms of rights and protections. In the program, it was stated corporations are persons having rights equal to real human beings. But these corporations are excluded from being criminally liable, being their nature of acting along economic lines.

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