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Mar 16, 15

Situationist interventions: easy, powerful, quick punches.

Sep 22, 14

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  • Furthermore, Star allows users to organize files spatially rather than via distinctive naming. Systems having hierarchical directories, such as Unix and MS-DOS, provide an abstract sort of "spatial" file organization, but Star's approach is concrete. Files can be kept together by putting them into a folder or simply by clumping them together on the Desktop, modeling how people organize their physical worlds. Since data files are represented by icons, and files are distinguished by location and specified by selection rather than by name, users can use names like memo, memo1, letter, etc. without losing track of their files as easily as they would with most systems.
  • Star goes further towards alleviating this problem by applying a principle called "progressive disclosure". Progressive disclosure dictates that detail be hidden from users until they ask or need to see it.
  • Partly out of excitement over what they were doing, PARC researchers and Star's designers didn't pay enough attention to the "other" personal computer revolution that was occurring outside of Xerox. By the late Seventies, Xerox had its own powerful technical tradition (i.e., mouse-driven, networked workstations with large bitmapped screens and multiple, simultaneous applications), blinding Star's designers to the need to approach the market via cheap, stand-alone PCs. The result was a product that was highly unfamiliar. Nowadays, of course, such systems are no longer unusual.

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