This Jakob Nielsen's Useit.com Alertbox talks about how "usability suffers when users type in passwords and the only feedback they get is a row of bullets.
Like teenagers, computers are built to hook up. Abstinence doesn't work for Information Technology (IT) or for teens.Submitted by ant on Sat, 06/27/2009 - 11:26am. Communication | Education/School | General Computing | Hacking/Modification/Cracking | Hardware | History | Internet/Network | Personal | Reading Materials | Religion/Culture | Security/Privacy | Software | Technology | Windows
Guardian reports "Like teenagers, computers are built to hook up. Demanding that users abstain from net will never work when they need it for their jobs. Better to practise safe hex. While Information Technology (IT) departments may wish to restrict users' connections, they are less eager to obey such limits themselves..."
HongPong's Everything2 idea shares "how geeks are changing a totally illogical grammar rule, the slow reversal of periods and quotation marks. According to 'Elements of Style', periods and commas should be placed inside the quotation marks. But due to the technical need for more clarity driven by programmers (and general sensible folks in general), that may be changing..."
An eight minutes and 27 seconds YouTube video shows a huge "circa 1964 Livermore Data Systems 'Model A' Acoustic Coupler Modem, live demonstration.
Eighteen (18) Embarrassing Game Artificial Intelligence (AI) Bugs Caught On Tape/Recorded... and Fixed!Submitted by ant on Sun, 05/03/2009 - 11:20am. Addon/Modification | Apple Games | Art/Design | Audio | Development/Quality Assurance Testing | Funny Videos/Animations | Hacking/Modification/Cracking | History | New Version/Update/Upgrade | Non-Apple Computer Games | Online Games | Personal | Reading Materials | Sight Seeings | Software | Videogame Console
AiGameDev shares its "list of the eighteen (18) best, quirkiest, and most informative artificial intelligence (AI) bugs available on YouTube we've collected over the past 12 months. In the spirit of AiGameDev.com, you'll find a bunch of tips and tricks to help fix these problems when/if you see them in your own game.
There are a few online video and computer game emulators that lets you play old games. Most of them requires Java
EGeezer's Broadband/DSL Reports forum thread mentions World Privacy Forum's top ten information collector/user list that shows opt out instructions (or at least a starting place):
/. shares a nine pages TenTonHammer article that explores the current state of beta testing by examining the mistakes of the past. There's something magical about being accepted into a closed beta test. Whether you're a veteran of MMOs who finally decided to jump into the testing portion of a game's development cycle or a relative virgin to the massive multiplayer online (MMO) experience that fell in love with a well-known intellectual property (IP), receiving that "You're Invited!" email from a gaming studio/publisher is like opening presents on Christmas Day. You're ready to work closely with the development team, helping them to iron out bugs and improving game systems that aren't quite up to snuff. As the new kid in the testing phase, you're prepared to formulate fantastic posts for the message boards that argue about the functionality of certain mechanics, and you expect thousands of bugs will be reported thanks to your efforts.
/. shares two links for the relationships between programmers/developers and other subjects.