Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2006 2:30 pm Post subject: What is ubiquitous computing
Our table -- Alan, Katie, Jenn and Jim raised some issues
1) Nice when it works -- ubicom is nice when it works.
Different metrics of performance between HCI and the social sciences-- you may gain some efficiency, but what do you lose. For example, for HCI an efficient system (a good mapping of who's where) but you would lose the randomness (for example random contacts).
2) social science side tends to be psychol
3) tech people emphasize the cleaness and effieciency of the technology and not it's social side.
CMU has a new word -- interruptability -- a system of trying to identify levels of interruptability.
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Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2006 2:42 pm Post subject: designing & implementing for ubiquity? more user-friend
Hmmm. We're working pretty closely with folks from our computer science department to design and implement our HCI, so we're influencing each other from many perspectives -- we've also had some input from architecture, but we need more funding to get that connection stronger...
These posters get into some of this, I think. It's sort of hard to know what I can post here that is really relevant to your offline conversation, so maybe these aren't...
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Location: Brock University
Posted: Thu Aug 10, 2006 3:22 pm Post subject:
A couple of thoughts...
As one of the few spaces where members of the community who do not own a computer can get online for free (or a membership fee), library policies on internet use have always made me chuckle (and often irked me too). Avoidance of porn I understand. But the total lock down seems like a denial of rights to information to me. I mean, hello, netnanny??
Not sure why they wouldn't want kids on Google (seems silly!), but I remember not too long ago, libraries not allowing email access (some still don't and don't allow chat of any form).
Myspace must be another one of these evil social networking programs that is not using the web for "serious research". It will poison our brains with useless (and explicit?) data and corrupt us all?
Most libraries have a time limit or book out blocks of time to users. If they put on filtering software for porn and illegal activities (I'm sure they will want to block some things), shouldn't they just do that, and leave it?
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