AUG
14
2005

User Surveys to identify users' goals and tasks

Last week, I came across a user survey on blog clients. The aim of the study is to identify and understand the users' goals and tasks, tools and features they currently use for blogging as well as problems and changes they would like to see in their clients. The special thing about it: The developers ask all these questions before actually starting to program, namely in the planning phase.

JUL
13
2005

Bad week

It's no overstatement to say that last week was one of the worst in my entire life. First, Saturday night, both of my bikes were stolen in front of my house (sometimes, Berlin sucks!). On Tuesday, after a business meeting in Munich, our airplane was cancelled. The substitute airplane had less rows than the original one making us feel like anchovies in a can. Even worse, on Wednesday, my hard disk crashed leaving a number of bad sectors where my home directory used to be. Hah - what a luck I did a BACKUP two weeks ago!

...famous last words...

JUN
20
2005

HIG, LinuxTag and summertime

After a relaxing and internet-free weekend at a lake (it's finally summer up here in Berlin!!), I've finished another chapter of the HIG: Document Interfaces (MDI/SDI/TDI). Screenshots and examples are still missing, but any comments and ideas regarding the contents are highly welcome. Note that you can click the 'Click to show rationale' links to see details.

JUN
13
2005

Berlin Open Software Usability Get-Together

On Wednesday, we will have our first Open Software Usability Get-Together at the Chaos Computer Club in Berlin.

Rationale: There are many OS project members in Berlin, wishing for usability advice. And there is a strong usability scene who might want to contribute to OS projects. So why not starting a monthly get-together to introduce them to each other and encourage a long-term collaboration :-)

MAY
18
2005

OpenUsability-Booth -> Preparations for the German LinuxTag

With our project OpenUsability, we (1) will provide a booth at the LinuxTag in Karlsruhe/Germany, June 22. to 25. As usability people, it is our mission to make things more usable and to put a smile on each (inter)face. Therefore, we are also planning to make the LinuxTag a 'better place': On our booth, we will have sofas, free coffee, tea, and other drinks, possibly some relaxing music.... :)

But of course we'll also offer a more informative program:

MAY
1
2005

Netherlands, Netherlands, I'm going to the Netherlands :)

Today, Fab confirmed my accommodation for the KDEPIM meeting in Achtmaal, Netherlands. There are at least three reasons why I'm really happy to go there:

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