Re: Random thought on minimalizm, distraction and visual interface
%You don't get it this guy is tired of IM and BS internet "friends" when your working no distractions is a PLUS.
> Minimalistic approach is cool, but
> unfortuantely is not suitable for many
> activities, for example GUI software
> development :) Also this particualr
> article is not a very good illustration
> of minimalizm, taking on accound the
> number and size of buttons in mozilla
> and xmms. Get rid of them all!
> No Distraction is dubious advantage of
> above approach, since when IRC and IM
> are hidden, one tend to drop out of
> conversation, miss important ppl, etc.
> Sound indication does not help, since
> you tend to ignore them, burried in your
> current activity. When window is always
> present on the side of screen, its much
> easier to stay in sync. Not so when you
> burry it under other windows or even
> move it on the second head. Also,
> ditching computers entirely and going
> with paper is the only effective way to
> avoid distraction :)
> GUI is not supposed to be simple. It was
> created mainly to fit as many things as
> possible on screen. If you start going
> about having single app on screen at a
> time, you could just as well stay in
> text mode.
> Consider this: You have lots of gauges
> on your car's dashboard. Having single
> app on screen at a time would be similar
> to having only one gauge on your
> dashboard at a time.
> Now about not having to mess around with
> config and themes. If you'd move to a
> barrell, you would not have to worry
> about decorating your living room.
> Most non-minimalistic window managers
> are complex due to the fact that they
> attempt to give user flexibility to make
> interface as convinient as possible -
> not to put lots of bloat on screen. Most
> of them features come from real needs
> of real users, and ditching them on the
> side, would mean ditching many years of
> GUI evolution and painfull efforts to
> make computers as convinient and easy to
> use as possible.