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    I used to use a receipt printer to print the weather, my agenda, and some todo items each morning. I’d just rip it off in the morning, and use it through the day.

    Eventually, I recreated the workflow with my phone and org-mode (as opposed to printer & org-mode), but I truly think that trying out a prototype system is one of the most powerful ways of understanding what does and doesn’t work for you. Paper & cardboard are amazing ways to prototype these systems quickly, and sometimes they even become the system.

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      That receipt printer thing sounds awesome. Do you have a write-up?

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        Most heat-printers are serial devices, so I just used a dumb shell script that directly echo’d to the device file the output of ‘(org-agenda)’ and some weather scripts. They are quite easy to hack around with, which means pretty unrefined solutions.

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      Would be wise to print to eInk displays to avoid all that paper waste… but otherwise, I really like this idea.

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        you’re right about the reduction in waste, but you also lose the tactility. There’s something different between green-band tractor paper, ticker tape, and a Kindle/reMarkable.

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          I agree! I very much prefer paper for reading white papers, for instance. But, I feel bad every time I print one. Having, at least, an option for the one-time material seems like an important waste saving device. I won’t read a CNN article twice, for instance.

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        more audio and tactile outputs would be great - it would also improve accessibility to technology.

        having started wearing glasses this year due to age - my fonts are getting larger and larger on the high resolution screen that I own…

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          replying to myself - one of the issues I notice is that the focus on the visual means that much information is lost as we end capturing written word as images - rather than text.

          while ocr and image recognition systems help, when you p-score tells you it’s a giraffe when you know it’s a cat there is likely to be information loss.

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            For tactile outputs there are a couple of microfluidics based prototypes. For braille there was BLITAB and a couple others. There are also some tactile screens where the keyboard rises. The tech seems promising, but other than promotion articles and events I have yet to see one.

            My eyes would really appreciate a large size e-ink display for work. Most of my time is spent reading or writing text anyway. The largest one I’ve found was a 13in screen.

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            Okay but can we do this but non-visual. Sometimes my eyes hurt, and I don’t want to look at screens anymore, but it feels like a lot of the options are non-workable usually because of cost. I would love to be able to code with my eyes closed.

            edit: I guess there’s this. I’ll give it a try.

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                It struck an off note for me too, because I have seen so many amazing systems that represent totally different ideas about computing (Plan 9, Smalltalk, Prolog, APL), many of which happened to also have been developed by white dudes. I agree we need more ideas, even crazy ideas. I don’t see what that has to do with race and sex, but oh well. Maybe it engenders them to their audience.

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                  It’s not ~50/50 split in any of those companies.

                  Besides, why would pointing out privileged people undermine the message when it’s one of the biggest problems in the IT culture right now? What is the politically correct bandwagon that you’re talking about?

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                    To save you a click:

                    Racial diversity at:

                    • Google is 55% white / 35% asian
                    • Microsoft is 56% / 31%
                    • Apple is 54% / 21%

                    I think the claim “mostly white” is clearly (if only just) true, by the numbers.

                    That said, given wikipedia puts asian-americans as 6.7% of population I’d also agree with the claim they are ‘dominating’ in tech given how overrepresented they are relative to population.

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                    It doesn’t raise a flag for me. I’m reminded of the male architect who designed glass stairs and put them in a building… forgetting that women sometimes wear skirts and would prefer not to have people below them be able to stare straight up them. The point is to recognize that solutions that work perfectly for white able bodied men are not necessarily solutions that work perfectly for everyone else, hence why a diversity of viewpoints is important. This is not to say that those solutions don’t work for everyone else, either. It’s just that more data makes for more robust solutions that please a larger population of users.

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                        ravicious gave you evidence that Asian people are not 50/50 with white people. The OP mentioned the single most dominant group in terms of sheer numbers. Not sure why acknowledging the factual demographic makeup of UI design teams in large tech organizations would discount the rest of the OP’s argument. As I stated in my example, diverse viewpoints can help round off design errors earlier–before they hit the public at large–so it’s not an off topic point to bring up, either.

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                            Nevertheless, the statement about white men being the largest group is technically correct (by 20% of the population, so not within the margin of error, either.) I still don’t understand your objection to pointing out the dominant group in UI design by numbers. Why is it so bad to acknowledge that fact?

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                    I love this idea. I wonder if it adds something to the experience, being able to throw things away, rather than having an immutable history constantly being added to.