Martin Maney ubuntu at two14.net
Tue Sep 28 04:40:51 UTC 2004

On Mon, Sep 27, 2004 at 11:07:04PM -0500, Scott Dier wrote:
> * Martin Maney <ubuntu at two14.net> [040927 23:03]:
> > another unintuitively hidden control panel!  <rhetorical>where *does*
> > Gnome get its reputation for usability from?</rhetorical>), which
> Usability, IMO, is a bit more about consistency than being intuitive --
> there is no excuse for not wanting to read the documentation.

Thanks for replying to the rhetorical question while ignoring the
inconsistency described in another paragraph: two "Terminal" items (in
the desktop's menu tree and context menu) that have nothing whatever in
common other than their name and the installed setting (they both use
gnome-terminal by default).  Completely separate and with separate
configuration dialogs... and the configuration that's relatively
visible in the menu tree doesn't control the "Terminal" that's
similarly visible.  I say that's spinach.

As for intuitive, I agree it's a misnomer.  The nipple may be the only
genuinely intuitive interface, and friends with recent additions to
their families have suggested that empirically, that's not entirely
true.  But that's the word that GUI advocates like to use when they're
trying to avoid admitting that they can't get anywhere pissing into the
wind that blows outwards from Redmond, so I use it as they do.

...that obsessive conviction, so common among authors and composers,
that all similarities between their works and any others which appear
later must inevitably be ascribed to plagiarism. -- 2nd Circuit, 1945

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