The ultimate message of Lean In ideology is transparent in the name itself: Stay in the machine. Work for the machine. Appease the machine.
This. All of this. And if you haven’t yet read bell hooks’ article Dig Deep: Beyond Lean In, read that first.
Ever stop to wonder about this most mundane aspect of human-computer interaction? The responses on this thread on StackExchange’s UserExperience board offer a number of possibilities:
- A tilted arrow was easier to render and see on the low resolution screens of early computers.
- It mimics a common orientation of the human hand/finger when pointing.
- Having the tip of the pointer be at 0,0 made click position easier to calculate.
- Human visual processes: a tilted cursor is easier to pick out amongst the vertical and horizontal lines that comprise much of the rest of the screen.
The screen resolution hypothesis seems the most plausible to us, but whether that’s the real reason or not, it was interesting to pause and consider the question.
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In a First, Women Outnumber Men in Berkeley Computer Science Course | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com →
Women are seriously underrepresented in the world of computer science. But in small ways, things are beginning to move in the right direction. At the University of California, Berkeley — a school traditionally at the heart of the computer science world — women now outnumber men in one of the school’s introduction to computer science courses.
US News has released its list of the 100 best jobs in 2014 and the No. 1 job on the list is: software developer.
A new tool called Popular Conventions analyzes recent Github commits to find out what (if any) programming conventions most coders adhere to. They found nine that have broad consensus.
"The key here is that when women had an alternative explanation for why they might be feeling uncomfortable—the supposed noise generator—the awkwardness they felt from violating the modesty norm by writing about themselves was diverted, and they did just fine," Smith said in a statement.