Sunday, September 25, 2005
Saturday, September 24, 2005
- In 2001 SDM had a conference of software engineering pioneers (Wirth, Parnas, Fagan, Guttag, and more). You can watch streaming video for most of the talks. All are in English except for Parnas' talk!
- Dr. Dobb's has archived webcasts (audio and video) of talks by famous people such as Don Knuth, Marvin Minksky, ...
- Terry Winograd's HCI Seminar at Stanford has a talk every Friday. Here is the course homepage.
- It looks like the stuff that used to be on the Multi-University Research Laboratory (MURL) Seminar Series website is now on the the Research Channel.
- Listen to three experts on usability being interviewed on NPR's Science Friday. Don Norman and Henry Petroski and Michael Graves discuss the design of computers and potato peelers.
- An interesting and amusing article on building Apple's first computer mice. Some video clips of Douglas Engelbart demonstrating video conferencing and shared workspaces back in 1968. More Engelbart and mouse pictures
- Some talks from the 2005 Usenix Technical Conference. Here's a link directly to the mp3s.
- Clay Jenkinson does the weekly Thomas Jefferson
- The University of California has UCTV on line.
- The Commonwealth Club has
speakers from politics, entertainment, and lots of other areas.
- I'm not a big Prairie Home Companion fan but sometimes I listen to the archives of their annual "joke shows".
- NPR lets you listen to All Things Considered and Morning Edition. Science Friday sometimes has Computer Science and technology people as guests.
- You can also listen to NPR's Justice Talking and stay up on current events.
Friday, September 23, 2005
I was skimming http://compiling.blogspot.com and
was reminded of the postmodern essay generator:
At the end of that page it takes about
Alan Sokal's hoax article that was published.
In the one and only end-of-semester "convocation"
(like graduation) speech I've done I
referred to that. I also cited C.P. Snow's "two cultures".
Thursday, September 22, 2005
- The GNOME usability report.
- Why GNOME Hackers Should Care about Usability.
- Usability and Open Source Software.
- KDE Usability Project.
- GUI bloopers.
- Nancy Leveson's updated paper about the Therac-25.
- G.A. Miller's The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two: Some Limits on Our Capacity for Processing Information.
- Vannevar Bush's famous article As We May Think.
You can also listen to an audio interview of Don Norman discussing "emotional design".
You can watch two brief clips from the video at http://www.billzarchy.com/clips/clips_apple_nav.htm.
I believe this was done in 1987 (pre-WWW) so it is remarkable.
The talk is called "Flying Linux" and was an invited presentation at the latest USENIX.org conference. The talk is wide-ranging (from real-time operating systems to digital fly by wire to ...) and is sure to include something that you will disagree with or be offended by. Nevertheless, the URLs are below.
One thing that I found interesting was his discussion of interfaces to vehicles like segways (http://www.segway.com/). Note that Segways don't have steering wheels (like cars) or reins (like horses -- or the Phelps tractor!). Here are the slides and movies and the talk.
Here is a link to the story and video:
The academic paper that started this discussion is: