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March 16, 2005

Interruptions.net

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Seems like a dog or cat chasing its own tail, doesn't it, to go off and look at this site while you're supposed to be doing something else?

If you're like me and Prince, you generally find that it seems like you are doing something close to nothing, but different from the day before.

So one more interruption won't matter in the long run, especially if you're interrupting whatever to visit Interruptions.net.

As John Maynard Keynes memorably said, "In the long run, we are all dead." But I digress.

Interruptions is an interesting website created to be "the web resource on the study of interruptions in human-computer interaction."

I happened on it in the bibliography of an article in the January 2005 issue of Scientific American entitled "Considerate Computing," about how the world's finest technical minds are trying to devise better ways for our computers to interact with us.

As Roel Vertegaal of Queen's University in Ontario, Canada, said in the article, "It's ridiculous that my own computer can't figure out whether I'm in front of it, but a public toilet can."

March 16, 2005 at 11:01 AM | Permalink


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