Tuesday Nov 15, 2011

Frank Ludolph's Last Working Day

Frank Ludolph on Apple Lisa

Hi Frank,

today is your last day at Oracle. I cannot belief that retirement is an alternative to designing software and improving products for decades. I might figure it out myself in a couple of years.

Our ways have crossed several times. And I am extremely thankful for that. I still remember my first session on an Apple Lisa. It must have been around 1985. I was still in school, and we were visiting the University of Hamburg to get some orientation on the departments. When I started I chose Informatics. And I suppose the Apple Lisa played a significant role in my decision. Is it fate that I later wrote about Apple Lisa?

I’ve attended your presentation and public demo of the Lisa System at CHI ’98 in Los Angeles. Maybe a video still exists. I should look it up and publish it somewhere.* You had also booth duty for Sun Microsystems – presenting HotJava Views, a user interface for a network computer. And you were handing out VHS tapes (!) of Starfire. I still have mine – but no player anymore.

Then I joined Sun in 2002, and I guess I popped up in your office each time when I came to Santa Clara. The SEED mentoring program finally made it possible that we exchanged and discussed many ideas on the past and future of HCI. Dueling Interaction Models of Personal-Computing and Web-Computing at MEDICI 2007 is one of the results. But do you remember for instance also our jam session with Phil Clevenger on Hello World? Marvelous!

I will miss you at Oracle. Enjoy your life and let’s stay in touch.
Matthias

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* Even better, transcript and video of CHI 98 are already online:


The Lisa User Interface as presented by Frank Ludolph and Rod Perkins at CHI '98, April 1998 – or click here to see a larger view in Google Video)

Monday Dec 13, 2010

Sutherland on Leadership

Earlier this year Katy Dickinson published a video with Ivan Sutherland talking on Leadership. Here is the uncut version, or I should better say, the version without YouTube's silly 10' segments. Thanks to you, Katy, once again, for running the mentoring program at Sun.

The single best hour during all my years at Sun is this session: Ivan Sutherland's talk on leadership at SEED's annual meeting in October 2006. Ivan means a lot to me for several reasons. And now I had the opportunity to experience him live. What an exciting moment! Therefore I am extremely grateful to Katy Dickinson that she took my idea to make this public, and to Ivan that he gave his permission as well.

Ivan Sutherland on Leadership, Sun 2006 from mprove on Vimeo.

DIY Info: Flash and Video Download for Firefox to download the segments from YouTube > RichFLV to merge the segments > Perian to open FLVs in QuickTime > QuickTime to export .m4v > vimeo for re-publishing the video.
Update: Some segments lost their sound during QuickTime export and Vimeo upload. Therefore I had to figure out another way: Flash and Video Download for Firefox to download the segments from YouTube > FLV Crunch to convert from FLV to MP4 > iMovie to merge the MP4 segments > vimeo for re-publishing the video.

Wednesday Jan 13, 2010

Ivan Sutherland on Leadership

The single best hour during all my years at Sun is this session: Ivan Sutherland's talk on leadership at SEED's annual meeting in October 2006. Ivan means a lot to me for several reasons. And now I had the opportunity to experience him live. What an exciting moment! Therefore I am extremely grateful to Katy Dickinson that she took my idea to make this public, and to Ivan that he gave his permission as well.

This video on YouTube in 8 parts

This video in 1 chunk

Thursday Mar 01, 2007

Dueling Interaction Models of Personal-Computing and Web-Computing

A position paper for MEDICHI 2007 by Matthias Müller-Prove and Frank Ludolph:

Abstract. Today the user of PCs is facing several inconsistencies which originate from an unresolved situation between two competing interaction models. The WIMP-desktop model has been developed nearly 30 years ago at Xerox Parc and Apple Computer. The web model became popular in the mid 1990s and has profoundly changed business and the perception of social relationships. Contradictions between both models have a severe negative impact on the human-computer interaction.

Read the entire article.


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