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Stop overusing computer graphics! I beg you!

Jan de Boer
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Joined: Dec 10, 2010
Posts: 507
I was reading a book, stupid book, it irritated me in the first 2 paragraphs already...

It was about a new GUI development environment, but which and why is not the issue. It was telling about the used computer graphics in Hollywood movies. In some movie, messages were crumpled before they were thrown in a dustbin. Telling me, enthusiasticly, this is now possible!! How cute... First, the very last thing I am looking at, when watching a movie, is the software used. But second, and a lot, a lot worse, I hate not useful graphics that just hop up and down, giving you no information. Crumple messages when you delete them?? This is one time, two times, funny, then it becomes just as annoying as Windows wiggling dog when you lost a file. Just imagine you come back from holidays, you got 100 uninteresting messages you want to throw away, and each time you see that 'cute an cool' crumpling graphic?? I would throw my laptop out of the window!! All this moving stuff is just plain annoying and distracting. I think a user would be far happier getting the right information in a logical and structured way, without all kinds of spinning and jumping objects distracting him from what he tries to read.

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chris webster

Joined: Mar 01, 2009
Posts: 2296

Great rant, Jan, but you'll never persuade Hollywood to portray computers realistically. For a start, they need those cute graphics because it's hard to read a normal display through a movie camera, and your average Saturday night movie audience really doesn't want to see the same boring PC screen they have at home when they're watching Mr NerdCool MovieHacker breaking into the Pentagon anyway. No, they apparently want big animated graphics that look good on the movie screen and 96-point fonts they can read from the back row, preferably with at least 3 spare flat panel monitors doing nothing but scrolling Basic code in the background.

And it's often no better when the real nerds try this stuff out - remember Clippy? Here's a background account of the history of Microsoft Bob and Clippy - a warning to others, surely!

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Peter Johnson

Joined: May 14, 2008
Posts: 5852

Jan de Boer wrote:Just imagine you come back from holidays, you got 100 uninteresting messages you want to throw away, and each time you see that 'cute an cool' crumpling graphic?? I would throw my laptop out of the window!!

This takes me back to File Manager on Windows 3.0 (or was it 2.3? It's been way too long...). Anyway, they had this great feature that when a new file showed up in folder, File Manager would automatically refresh the view. It was great. You dragged-and-dropped a file from one folder to another and File Manager automatically refreshed the contents of both folders. Until you tried dragging and dropping, say, 20 files. Then for... Every.... Single.... File.... It. Would. Stop. And. Refresh. The. Folder. Display. It literally took several minutes to copy anything due to the refreshing. The following release offered a tentative fix, and based on things I have seen in Windows 7, Microsoft is still working on the fix.

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Jayesh A Lalwani
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Joined: Jan 17, 2008
Posts: 2749

TVTropes has a whole section on how computers in popular culture differ from real life.

Campbell Ritchie

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That’s it! You’ve had it! I am moving this thread . . .

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Bear Bibeault
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I found the fireplace very distracting,

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