One of the interesting things about gui applications is that most people
who use them a lot rely on keystroke combinations rather than the mouse
to do things they do frequently.  My wife uses CAD software in her work.
For the last few years she's been using a high end parametric product
that has almost no hot key combinations.  She's gotten so frustrated
that she's started counting the number of mouse clicks required to do
things that would have been a few keystrokes in AutoCad.  In terms of
utility and ease of use, I don't think we've seen much progress since
Wordstar.  The company formerly known as Borland's old Turbo Vision text
based user interface framework (which they used in their own products)
was as well designed and easy to use as most graphical applications.  I
still miss X-Tree.  It did things you just can't do with windows.

There's an ad for a green screen conversion product that's been running
in the trade mags for a few months now that shows before and after
screen shots.  One thing I noticed is that the after screen (much
prettier and more colorful) doesn't have all the information the before
screen did.  

Pigs are intelligent, clean, friendly animals.  My mother said that the
only thing you had to worry about with pigs was getting between the pig
and the fence when you were petting one because they like to rub against

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Martin, Booth []
> Sent: Thursday, October 28, 1999 7:16 AM
> To: ''
> Subject: RE: AS/400 vs. NT
> I accept all that you say excepting with the issue of 
> appearance.  Now that
> I've seen shadow line windows, pushbuttons, radio buttons, 
> subfiles w/scroll
> bar, and clickable selections I am convinced that green 
> screen does not have
> to be a pig.
> I am convinced we have the ability to be more competitive 
> with text-based
> screens than we are allowing ourselves to be.  
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