Monthly Archives: July 2011

Users leave websites if they can’t accomplish their task in a few minutes

A recent post by Matthew Yglesias makes mention of a common casualty of poor usability on the web. Every day, users abandon websites when they cannot figure out how to do what they came for in a reasonable amount of … Continue reading

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Developers use automated debugging tools differently than intuition suggests

The general idea behind automated debugging is simple: a tool does some analysis on a piece of code, crunches some numbers, and finds the most likely location of a bug. Chris Parnin (Ph.D. Student, College of Computing, Georgia Tech) recently … Continue reading

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Two package managers are more usable than one

The package managers that were examined in my usability study had a variety of interface styles. Most package managers I initially examined resembled Synaptic Package Manager, which was not very popular with most of the users I tested with. Some … Continue reading

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Package icons help users find what they are looking for

In some of the package managers I studied, applications co-exist with libraries and plug-ins. In package managers that provided no clear distinction between the two, like Synaptic Package Manager and Puppy Package Manager, users were often unable to distinguish based … Continue reading

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Incomplete removal prevents users from trying out software

A powerful option for selecting which software packages to install is to install several relevant packages, and test them out directly. Participants in a usability study on package manager were reluctant to use this method of selecting between the many … Continue reading

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