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Seldo’s Tumblr, This is genuinely Microsoft’s idea of a…

Again, this is Microsoft’s own research, cited in the same post: nobody — almost literally 0% of users — uses the menu bar, and only 10% of users use the command bar. Nearly everybody is using the context menu or hotkeys. So the solution, obviously, is to make both the menu bar and the command bar bigger and more prominent. Right?

Microsoft UI has officially entered the realm of self-parody.

Blog post from Microsoft here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/b8/archive/2011/08/26/improvements-in-windows-explore…

UI: Epic fail + invite embarassment

The bad (either intentionally or unintentionally) UI of skillpages.com has caused me quite a bit of personal embarrassment today. I usually let web services have a peek into my gmail contacts as an easy way of knowing if anybody I know is using the service I am interested in. I NEVER let the web service email everybody I have in my contacts. What sane person today would even consider such a thing? Today exactly that happened. The UI/Marketing team at skillpages failed epically in my eyes for two reasons.

Allowing the “Skip” button to move.
Automatically selecting all my contacts at the invite screen.

Here is a plea to the internet: Do not use skillpages. Tell everybody you know not to use skillpages. Perhaps then this epic fail will never happen again.

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180 bpm

Ken’s first test subject was Alan Melvin, a world-class Masters thriathlete in his sixties. First, Ken set a baseline by having Melvin run four hundred meters full out. The he clipped a small electric metronome to his T-shirt.

    “What’s this for?”

    “Set it for one hundred eighty beads a minute, then run to the beat.”

    “Why?”

    “Kenyans have superquick foot turnover,” Ken said. “Quick, light leg contractions are more economical than big, forceful ones.”

    “I don’t get it,” Alan said. “Don’t I want a longer stride, not a shorter one?”

    “Let me ask you this,” Ken replied. “You ever see one of those barefoot guys in a 10K race?”

    “Yeah. It’s like they’re running on hot coals.”

    “You ever beat one of those barefoot guys?”

    Alan reflected. “Good point.”

Christopher McDougall. 2009. “Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen”.