Re: [NTLK] Phoenix ala Newton? (rumor alert)

From: Jon Glass (
Date: Wed Jun 18 2003 - 00:37:48 PDT

on 6/17/03 9:33 PM, Eric L. Strobel at wrote:

> (Of course, I generally make the salesmen at Best Buy or Circuit City really
> PO-ed... They go off about all these features of a particular item and I
> just stare blankly at them and ask "When would I ever use any of that and
> why would anyone find all that even remotely useful?" Then they stare
> blankly as they're rarely confronted with someone who doesn't want every
> bell/whistle.)

But this isn't about every bell and whistle. This is about making these
things actually _usable_ without a complex tree of menus, confusing array of
options, and all that rot. Look at what Apple did with the MP3 player.
Everybody said that the problem with MP3 players was that when you got a lot
on them, they were unusable. Yet Apple created a simple interface that even
a granny could use, and whamo! It's a hit. Imagine what Apple could do with
a cell phone! And add features as well. Fascinating thought, in my NSO. :-)
Approachable, usable features. That's Apple's forte.

Jon Glass
Krakow, Poland
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