From 1991 to 2018, journalist Walt Mossberg was one of the best known commentators on technology – and the unfortunate difficulties it places in front of people. In widely-read articles in the Wall Street Journal, Verge, and Recode, and in many stage interviews and panels, he pondered the questions of why people struggle with computers […]
Here’s an interesting post from the Lifehacker website: The Skills We’ve Lost to Technology (and How to Get Them Back). People argue that before technology ruled our lives, we were happier, smarter, and better at general living. That utopian vision of the past is a bit too rose tinted, but the point remains that we’ve lost […]
“Computers are hard!” If your computer seems confusing, it’s because you’re just too old, or too non-technical, or just not able to understand that box of circuits, right? Nope. Jony Ive – that’s a knighted Sir Jony Ive these days – is the renowned mastermind designer behind Apple’s Mac computers, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and other products that […]
If you’re familiar with ads and promotional videos for technology, especially Apple ads for products like iBook and MacBook, you might enjoy IKEA’s good-humored response: an introduction to the “bookbook”: No cables, no batteries! What a concept.
In helping people who don’t “get” some aspect of using computers, one thing has always struck me: So many of those people blame themselves when they shouldn’t! One of my favorite examples is the common confusion over whether to click on something once (“single-click”) or click on it twice (“double-click”) when using a mouse or trackpad. […]