Re: The end of embedded Linux?

From: Thomas Molina (
Date: Tue Oct 08 2002 - 08:22:17 EST

On Mon, 7 Oct 2002, Rob Landley wrote:

> On Monday 07 October 2002 05:56 pm, Gigi Duru wrote:
> > --- Rob Landley <> wrote:
> > > 8000 controls you have to individually tweak to do
> > > anything is not
> > > necessarily an improvement over a single "do what I
> > > want" button. (User
> > > Interface Design 101.)
> > >
> > > The doorknob is a wonderful user interface...
> >
> > try driving your car using a doorknob ;)
> The steering wheel is fundamentally different? (It's certainly BIGGER...)

Actually, I believe the wheel, and the rest of the user interface for an
auto (gas pedal, brake) are a fine metaphor for this discussion. The user
interface for a car hasn't changed in how many years? That is despite
quite a number of technological devleopments under the hood. Having a
simple user interface for the "novice" doesn't prevent all kinds of weird
shifting, throttle control, etc. additions for the "expert". Having a
single doorknob which controls, in a gross way, the action of a large
number of "sub-knobs" is good. Giving access to the "sub-knobs" for the
expert is even better.

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