A quick update on the home theatre

LCD

My new QPVision 37″ LCD is now in place. Things start to look good.

It’s time for a short collection of links:
1. First, build a cabinet
2. Then install a silent fan in the cabinet
3. Silence the parts of the computer that is noisy
4. Choose your frontend
5. Set up your advanced remote
6. Make your content available everywhere
7. Follow the important blogs…

Edit:
The speakers in the picture are Anthony Gallo Nucleus Micro

QPVision 37

A quick update on the home theatre

10 WinApps

As promised. The next post in my series of lists. Inspired by Om Malik’s 10macapps. My list of 10 very useful Windows Apps.

IrfanView
Fantastic tool for view, scale, convert and browse pictures. Includes a very fast and nice batch convert function.

VirtualDUB
The swiss army knife of video processing.

SuperEdi
Fast and powerful replacement for notepad

UltraVNC
IMHO the best remote desktop software out there.

ORB
Stream your media everywhere for free!

DVD Decrypter
Fast, simple and powerful DVD-ripping

AutoGK
The best and easy DVD recompression tool

AC3Filter
Free AC3 Filter for that 5.1 sound from your DVDs

ZoomPlayer
Extremely powerful and configurable media player

Total Commander
File explorer replacement. Ugly and very powerful. Handles archives and does batch copying in the background.

10 WinApps

Whatever happens in the future it will fit into this space

Computer News

Today I want to share a couple of very nice vintage computer ads that I found in an old issue of Personal Computer News. Unfortunately the magazine has no year of issue printed on it, but the magazine is from the early 80’s. I have used this in several of my presentations and especially the technology focused crowds find it amusing.

Whatever

This ad is for an Aquarius computer. The specs alone can yield laughter among techies:

Spec

These are the specs of an average packet of biscuits today.

However, the most optimistic part of the ad clearly shows the problem of marketing computers:

Whatever happens...

My god, I want one of those. According to the marketing I would be able to connect my iPod, my mobile and my PDA into this one! That’s what I call future proof.

The slogan “With Aquarius you won’t get left behind” down to the left in the ad puts it all into place. The people that are lucky enough to own an Aquarius today won’t need this: “Help for the left behind”.

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Bad usability – Nokia Memory card

I was presenting at the stage in the picture last week (no, it’s not me in the picture). During my presentation I have a part about usability, and I could not help mentioning the picture of a horrible example of bad usability hanging behind me. A picture of a Nokia 6630 with a hand that is about to insert a memory card. Marked in red in the picture.

Nokia6630

Looking at the closeup, someone could think that the photographer snapped the picture at the wrong moment. The memory card has its back facing towards the user. It should be like the next picture in this post.

The same situation. Looks OK, the front of a phone, the front of a memory card, and a slot on the side of the phone where you are supposed to insert the card. But, no. This is the wrong way to do it. The photographer is not stupid, you are supposed to insert the card with the back facing towards yourself. Why on earth would they put the card reader into the phone that way?

The correct way to insert a memory card in a Nokia 6630 is how it is illustrated in this picture. Because I am interested in technology on a level that is above average people tend to ask me when they have questions. Lately I have had quite a bit of questions regarding the Nokia 6630 and Nokia 6680. Questions regarding music, pictures, podcasts and navigation software on the memory card. I have tried to observe closely, and not one of the persons have tried to insert the card in the correct way on the first try.

Simply because the correct way to insert the card is what most sane people would think of as the wrong way.

And, as a finishing note:
If you insert the card the wrong way, it will lock itself into the slot and you would have to use some kind of tool to get it out. When you get it out you have to insert it the wrong way once more to release the slot and then insert it the right way.

Nokia – why?

Related post: An example of good and bad usability design

Bad usability – Nokia Memory card