The UK government sent a plane load of tents and blankets to Pakistan and handed the whole shipment over to IR - the whole lot has been distributed already. If you want to donate anything, small or big, I’m chuffed to recommend Islamic Relief. I don’t normally do this, but believe me, the Pakistan projects team is absolutely solid.
The Anti-Mac thought experiment was an attempt to get people to question the basis of the dominant WIMP paradigm.
By exploring alternative interfaces that transcend the principles behind conventional graphical interfaces, a human-computer interface emerges that is based on language, a richer representation of objects, expert users, and shared control.
It's a shame that Jakob doesn't get out as much as he used to.
Peter has pointed out some excellent resources if you want to learn more about the new office UI.
*Note: Sadly, Don Gentner passed away on 12 June this year.
The very first thing I did was to search Google Reader for usability and was very pleased to see that Usability Views was the second result in the list with WebWord being the third. As Google Reader only gives ten results for any search this is valuable real estate.
If you have read the 2nd edition of "Don't Make Me Think" by Steve Krug then you may have seen that WebWord and UsabilityViews appear in the recommended reading section, but I don't remember any reference to Dr Dobb's.
I used to read Dobb's many years ago when it was still an edgy publication but I must admit that I have never considered it an authority on usability. Object Oriented Programming and LISP, Yes, but IA and Usability Testing, No.
Google Reader feels like it was released into the wild a little too early. There are many many usability problems with GReader that would have been found with a simple expert review or two. For example, it really annoys me that the final item in my list cannot be set to READ as you have to navigate to another item before the status is set to READ. When you are on the last item there is nowhere else to go.
I thought that "Read Items" would take me to a view where I could read my items, but it actually produces a view where you can see all the items you have already read.
Perhaps Jason had already decided to release GReader at Web2.0 and didn't manage to reach the usual Labs standards for launch.
It's an interesting take on Bloglines, tagging and GMail, but it's got an long way to go until it becomes a reliable, robust and well rounded application.