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  Sunday, February 23, 2003

"If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us."

Hermann Hesse. [Quotes of the Day]

I find this idea profoundly disturbing because it's so true. When I find myself disgusted with another person's behavior, I frequently stop and look inside to discover that the characteristic I so abhor is something I do--as much as I'd like to deny it. Perhaps it's the ability to deny this oneness with others that makes inhumanity possible.

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What is Open Source Software and is it usable?. -- "Usability specialists are not generally part of the development process."... [WebWord]

The referenced article is a short exposition at the UPA website on what open source software is, how it's developed, and how usability professionals can get involved. It's an interesting tangent to the recent discussion on TECHWR-L about open source software documentation and why would a tech writer want to work for free. There are several good answers: practice, exposure, reputation, contributing, improving, karma. If you don't think open source software is as usable as it could/should be, don't complain, contribute. Usability, documentation, interfaces, it all goes hand in hand.

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