Deceptive Designs

remce.sulitThis is the sticker you will find on old Acer netbooks (of course Windows 7 are only available now on old PC’s too).

What do you observe of this almost half-inch sticker (actual size)? If you look at this even with 20/20 vision, you will most probably miss the bottom portion which reads ‘Starter’. Why? Because not only is the font or type smaller but it’s background was also made gray. Now do you see how deceptive artworks are made?

Although I’m satisfied with Starter, I still can’t get over how I was duped to believe I was buying premium Windows 7.

Why Everyone in Tech Should Read Fiction
Even though techies don’t even have time for tech articles
If you want to get creative, read what creative literary writers write
‘Gaiman offered this intriguing anecdote, one that suggests the entire global tech sector depends on the geekiest of guilty pleasures:

I was in China in 2007, at the first party-approved science fiction and fantasy convention in Chinese history. And at one point I took a top official aside and asked him Why? Science fiction had been disapproved of for a long time. What had changed?

It’s simple, he told me. The Chinese were brilliant at making things if other people brought them the plans. But they did not innovate and they did not invent. They did not imagine. So they sent a delegation to the U.S., to Apple, to Microsoft, to Google, and they asked the people there who were inventing the future about themselves. And they found that all of them had read science fiction when they were boys or girls…’
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