Posts Tagged: usability

Multiple email addresses

A person can have multiple email addresses with GroupServer, the system that underlies OnlineGroups.net. Multiple email addresses have a huge influence on what makes GroupServer different from the other mailing list managers. Yesterday, 27 October, marked ten years since this feature was added, so in many ways yesterday was the tenth birthday of GroupServer. To… Read more »

Reflections on the OnlineGroups.net Design

In this post I discuss the development of the “new” user-interface for OnlineGroups.net, and how it has shaped up. Now is a good time for a review because it has been a bit over a year since I released the new interface for the open-source GroupServer mailing-list manger (11 June, 2013) and a bit under… Read more »

Google Wave

In May last year Google released Google Wave. In August Google announced that they were shutting it down. Wave was an editor that allowed multiple people to edit the same document at the same time. It was similar to the editors that appeared in the labs during the early 1990s. In this post I examine… Read more »

The Three Requirements for Collaboration

There is no doubt that online collaboration technology has got better in the last twenty years. But has that resulted in more collaboration? Certainly, it looks like people spend more time hanging out online, but is the technology itself what makes the difference? I have seen enough instances of “build it, and they do not… Read more »

Creativity

I am not sure if Malcolm McLaren is right about failure and creativity in this interview with Andrew Denton― but he provides food for thought. I was taught that to create anything you had to believe in failure, simply because you had to be prepared to go through an idea without any fear. Failure… was… Read more »

The First Review

My earlier post on the Apple iPad discussed how the new device was not a new device: all of the stuff we are excited about is the same paradigm we have had since the 1970s. However, a review in the New York Times gives me hope that the iPad may be more than a new… Read more »

Thanks from Users

One of the nice things about working in usability is that I do get thanked, in a way: people use what I create. Below is a screen-shot of the front-page topics listing on a GroupServer site — which I have edited to protect the users’ privacy. I was blown away by the sheer volume of… Read more »