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Recently, I had the opportunity to perform some programming work for a company boardroom. The system included an installed audio conferencing system with control through the touch panel. After some discussion with the customer and integrator, we decided to name the button for muting the mics, "Privacy" and the button for muting the incoming audio simply, "Mute". You might be able to tell by now where this post is going. During a high-level meeting, some of the executives decided to have a private discussion while in an audio call. They also desired to stay in the room. So what did…

  • Most homes nowadays don't come with pre-installed network infrastructure, and many homeowners find that installation of wiring and wall plates is economically out of reach - not to mention that all of this typically requires a small equipment room. So, what do you do when you want to install a home control system or stream audio/video across the house? One of the cornerstones of any home network is a wireless router. The router can be purchased on the cheap and connected to your cable/DSL modem via its WAN port. You now have a WiFi connection to the internet, and if…

  • Several years ago, I was commissioning a new control system for the boardroom of a major US company. I had taken great pains to ensure that the pages of the touch panel were properly laid out, sub-pages properly linked, buttons aligned, etc. I also went to great lengths to make sure the program functionality fit the customer - make sure the system controls just enough - nothing more and nothing less. With one sentence, the room administrator's opinion of the user interface created a large dent in the ego, "Oh no, you're going to have to dumb that down." Lesson…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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