Posts Tagged ‘Essay’

10 Things I Love About GNOME 3

April 5, 2011 37 comments

There’s a famous quote that goes something like,

“If I had asked my customers what they wanted, they would have said ‘a faster horse’.” -Henry Ford

As you most likely know, Henry Ford’s company popularized the automobile. Naturally, automobiles are very different from horses and if you get too used to how a horse works, you might find it awkward to adjust to using an automobile. Automobiles, obviously, are much better than horses, but they no doubt caused complaints from horse riders who were too used to how things worked as they were and have worked for years. GNOME 3, being released tomorrow (Wednesday April 6), is having a similar problem: how do you innovate without annoying long-time users who are used to the way things are done now? The short answer is: you can’t. Changes must be made that might seem awkward or even stupid at first to some, but you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.

Fortunately for GNOME, their latest version of their popular desktop environment manages to break very few eggs, if any, and still magically makes omelets regardless of that. GNOME 3 designers and developers have had a lot of time to think and plan about the design of the latest desktop and it shows very clearly in several areas. Some refinement and improvement could come in future releases (and that is actually being worked on right now), but for now I am loving the GNOME 3 desktop as it stands today just fine. Why? I’ll give you 10 reasons: Read more…

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An Analysis of Review Scales

January 31, 2011 Leave a comment

Or: Why I Use the 5-point Review Scale

The most confusing thing in the world when it comes to reading reviews is that there are over 9000 (so to speak) different review “scales” that are used to rate movies, music, games, and many other works on an absolute scale. Some sites use a 10-point scale, while others use 6,5,4, or even 100-point scales. I have even seen some websites like 1up that use a standard academic grading system from A+ to F! This is further confused by the different reviewers’ references for scoring; for example, Final Fantasy is absolutely awful when reviewed like a linear, 3D, first-person shooter, but when reviewed like a role-playing game it’s pretty great. With so much confusion when it comes to reviewing works, what is the “correct” way to review? What is the correct way to read reviews? In this voluntary essay, I will logically analyze the various scales and styles used to review various things, as well as the right way to read these reviews: Read more…

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