Jeffrey Mann

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The Internet’s Eccentric French Uncle Passes from the Scene

by Jeffrey Mann  |  June 29, 2012  |  Submit a Comment

Ah Minitel.I always had a soft spot for this strange, pre-HTTP online service. It was kind of like the Internet, except for most of the things that make the Internet so compelling. And now it is finally going away. To be honest, I didn’t realize it was still around so its continued existence was the [...]

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Why a Good User Interface Might Make Rental Cars Kill Us

by Jeffrey Mann  |  February 14, 2011  |  1 Comment

Good systems have good user interfaces. They anticipate what we want to do, learn our preferences and foibles; protect us from mistakes. As devices get better at anticipating what we do, they gradually become a part of our personalities, as we get more and more accustomed to how they learn about us and come to [...]

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Of Innovation, Software and Phone Chargers

by Jeffrey Mann  |  February 23, 2009  |  4 Comments

This was going to be a rant about one of my pet peeves: Why does every electronic device have to have its own power cord and data cable? I am not a great gadget person, but I have accumulated a fair share of doo-hickeys: mobile phones, PDAs, iPods, work computers, GPS navigators, personal computers, cameras, [...]

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