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Posted Jan 30, 2013 21:27 UTC (Wed) by jospoortvliet (subscriber, #33164)
In reply to: Seigo: by dskoll
Parent article: Seigo:

I don't get the whole 'muscle memory' argument on computers, tbh. I use my data over different devices, laptop, mobile phone and desktop and hopefully in the future a tablet. Muscle memory will be utterly useless. Even on the same device it makes only sense for often accessed things - which I usually access by typing "alt-F2 - WORD" anyway, or via the 'recent files/locations' section in my filemanager...

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Posted Jan 30, 2013 21:42 UTC (Wed) by dskoll (subscriber, #1630) [Link]

I don't get the whole 'muscle memory' argument on computers, tbh

Really? I still use the same key bindings for my window manager (maximize, minimize, bring-to-front, etc.) that I first learned on SunOS in 1990. :) I found the swap of Ctrl and CapsLock on IBM PC keyboards circa 1992 horribly jarring.

And even on my recently-acquired mobile device, I am learning where things are and where to swipe or tap to do various things.


Posted Jan 31, 2013 3:14 UTC (Thu) by raven667 (subscriber, #5198) [Link]

That likely puts you in rare company. I've learned and re-learned the basic UI paradigms at least half a dozen times in that period, DOS, Win3x, Win9x, SunOS OpenLook, Linux, FVWM, KDE1, BeOS, KDE2-3, Blackbox/Openbox, GNOME 1, GNOME 2, Win2k/XP, MacOS X 10.4-10.6 and 10.7-10.8, Unity, GNOME 3, iOS, most of which I've used for a main desktop for some period of time. I've learned to not bother with highly custom workflows and lots of key binding memorization because it dosen't translate when things change, to stick with with the universal workflows and the main theme that each system is designed to support. Every system has a design theme (except maybe for Windows for which design by committee would probably be an improvement) that generally makes sense and becomes easier to use once you discover it.


Posted Jan 31, 2013 12:20 UTC (Thu) by dskoll (subscriber, #1630) [Link]

Ah. My approach is simply not to use systems that can't be made to work the way I like. I don't use Windows or Apple products. And though I have switched window managers and desktop environments a few times, all of the ones I've used could be made to work the way I liked.


Posted Jan 31, 2013 21:55 UTC (Thu) by jospoortvliet (subscriber, #33164) [Link]

now you are talking about something entirely different - physical location of keys. Yes, i rely on that too and hate switching keyboards. But it is not related to a file-hierarchy vs metadata discussion...


Posted Feb 1, 2013 12:20 UTC (Fri) by dskoll (subscriber, #1630) [Link]

I was responding to this: removing the need to navigate a non-spatial data set spatially...

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