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30 March, 2009

Malware: beware the Conficker worm

Filed under: communication,Web — monado @ 11:22
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This computer worm has been quietly worming its way into Windows computers around the world. It’s scheduled to go off on April 1st. But that doesn’t mean it’s just an April Fool’s Day joke. The Conficker worm can take over computers and monitor keystrokes. You’re probably safe if you use Firefox, if you have strong passwords and updated virus-protection software, if you don’t open unsolicited attachments, including from your friends.

I for one am seriously thinking of not turning on my computers at all tomorrow.

9 March, 2009

Resources: Jargon File

Filed under: online resources,Resources,Web — monado @ 23:17

The Jargon File is an online resource for techie terms and old-fashioned hacker culture, maintained by Eric S. Raymond. I don’t know how much he’s updating it now, but it is still a good resource. You can read more at Welcome to the Jargon File.

5 February, 2009

User experience: generational differences

Filed under: education — monado @ 00:39
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This is a free event at University of Toronto  for ToRCHI members, and only $5 for guests.

Generational Differences – A User Experience Challenge

Date: Thursday February 5, 2008
Time: Refreshments and registration at 7:00pm; presentations start at 7:10pm
Location: Bahen Room 2185 (Second Floor), 40 St. George Street
Dr. Susan Weinschenk (HFI)
Cost: Free for ToRCHI members and full-time students; $5 for guests

Who are you designing for?

We are often challenged with designing for at least 3 demographics with different needs, interests, and ways of interacting with technology:

* Baby Boomers
* Generation X
* Net Generation (a.k.a. Millennials, Generation Y)

Ironically, Generation X is the smallest population segment but often the one responsible for designing most websites. It’s rare to have the luxury of focusing on only one age group, though. So understanding generational differences is a key to creating sites that are usable, persuasive, and engaging.

HFI has been conducting exploratory research about the impact of generational differences on Web design. In this talk Dr. Weinschenk examines each group’s tendencies, attitudes, and expectations towards technology. The talk covers similarities and differences among the groups and offers thought-provoking takeaways for user experience design.

Dr. Susan Weinschenk is Chief of Technical Staff at Human Factors International. She manages and mentors the HFI USA consulting staff, and oversees all training and consulting services in the USA. She has been an industry leader in the field of usability and user experience for over 30 years. Dr. Weinschenk has a Ph.D. in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University. She is an international speaker and author, and her most recent book, Neuro Web Design: What Makes Them Click is published by Pearson/ PeachPit/New Riders.

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