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Technology Stocks : Apple Inc.
AAPL 143.00-2.0%Jan 30 4:00 PM EST

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To: Zen Dollar Round who wrote (210920)10/5/2021 3:17:27 AM
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> pushes the time

I worked for a software corporation that decided not to user test. I'd advised them to user test. TWICE. That advice was worth everything they paid me for my time there. Two paragraphs of advice over 6 months or so.

Pretty simple... print out the screens on paper... ask 5 or 6 potential users to complete a task.

They declined. "We'll release it and let the users tell us if they like it." Great software, great back end servers, amazing coders. They released the product that was almost pre-sold to every stock trader on Wall Street. They were literally ALL ready to pay 10k per seat per year. After they finally released it all the traders said on the first day "they couldn't understand the interface" at all. The interface was "designed" by coders, and mathematicians who arrogantly thought usability designers were "artsy" people and that usability was "all opinion."

Their product took two years to develop, I'd say 50 - 60 really smart, really arrogant people. They had 65 million in venture cap and banks begging to get in.

All the trade houses went with their competitor, usable interface, inferior product at its core.

Two weeks later the dot com market crashed. Their investors withdrew their money & they were out of business.

User testing would have taken ONE DAY... they would have immediately known they fucked up badly. REALLY badly.

Usability is scientific... not opinion.

> A perfect example
> Instead of Apple giving us the option

Exactly... Apple should give you the option. Perfect example of usability.

When I talk customization I meant 3rd party customization. Within Apple's OS you should have some leeway to customize. Things like font sizes etc. Its a general comment, the usability reason being: if you get too used to a lot of 3rd party customization you lose the skills to operate the same OS on a different computer. Or a new computer. Plus you gunk up the OS. You shouldn't have to relearn each operating system either. If it ain't broke don't fix it.

I did customize my last OSX with Drag Thing... far superior to Apple's stupid dock. Apple should have bought it. Basically I blame Ive for junk like the "genie effect" ... splashy but useless. Junk like that makes the OS feel like a turtle in molasses. I avoid customization I don't think its always bad. I also liked "Quit All" quite a bit. The ability to quit all running applications with one click was very handy... tiny little program. There was a font program too PopChar... WAY WAY superior to Apple's bone headed font program. I liked Pester too... nice little alarm clock program.

I wish Apple would have bought all of them. For peanuts.

> I find it humorous you think Chromebook

I'm just going by stats I've read. Actual exploits. I did not look at the actual data of each article. Perhaps I should.
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