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7th Dec '16 4:31:46 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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** They would frequently use tablet laptops even when it didn't make sense, such as when reprogramming an alien system. Imagine trying to type code with one hand on a virtual keyboard while holding the same screen (much heavier than an [=iPad=] with the other hand. Then there's the issue of battery life for the same tablets.

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** They would frequently use tablet laptops even when it didn't make sense, such as when reprogramming an alien system. Imagine trying to type code with one hand on a virtual keyboard while holding the same screen (much heavier than an [=iPad=] [=iPad=]) with the other hand. Then there's the issue of battery life for the same tablets.
6th Dec '16 5:13:26 AM Morgenthaler
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** Funnily, an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' plays this straight. Tigatron hacks Megatron's ship, by connecting himself to the computer. The interface turns into a Virtual reality not unlike that seen in ''Film/{{Hackers}}'' (complete with Tigatron doing the movements in needs to do in the simulation with his real hands), with a rubix cube of ''Megatron's head'' as the password. Now, this raises questions as Transformers are robots to begin with, couldn't they come up with more efficient interfaces than virtual reality for their own ships?
2nd Oct '16 9:19:58 PM Mhazard
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Not to confuse with [[LudicrousGibs the other kind of "graphic" representation]].
19th Aug '16 1:36:23 PM TRN
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** Many of the computers actually offload all or almost all of the display to the internal computing power of these displays. The core system spends most of it's time evaluating the programs in memory. The actual controllers either update the displays memory at some point during the program and read the data from the display in at the appropriate point,or if it is sufficiently important, tie an interrupt to these changes and deal with them as needed. That said, the most popular options to program these things are in a sense extreme graphical representations, with function block diagram(essentially looks like a flowchart), and ladder logic(which is a direct substitute for logical circuit diagrams used with relay logic) being standard.
17th Aug '16 11:15:10 AM TheGoodnight
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This is TruthInTelevision as many home computers have blinking lights on it, mostly around the 'on' switch. And verbose modes and system monitors are bound to be used more than it's really necessary. That way if neither disk light blinks nor progress bar moves, the user can confirm the growing suspicion that the program quietly hung five minutes ago and he's just sitting there, waiting for nothing. Modern user interface design explicitly states humans need these kinds of cues. Also, routers and such have tons of blinking lights on them, usually corresponding to a code for what the device is doing and any errors that might pop up. The same goes for the system beeps when you start up your pc, which tell the user that the pc is indeed starting up correctly without any circuitry problems when you turn it on.

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This is TruthInTelevision as many home computers have blinking lights on it, them, mostly around the 'on' switch. And verbose modes and system monitors are bound to be used more than it's is really necessary. That way if neither disk light blinks nor progress bar moves, the user can confirm the growing suspicion that the program quietly hung five minutes ago and he's just sitting there, waiting for nothing. Modern user interface design explicitly states humans need these kinds of cues. Also, routers and such have tons of blinking lights on them, usually corresponding to a code for what the device is doing and any errors that might pop up. The same goes for the system beeps when you start up your pc, which tell the user that the pc is indeed starting up correctly without any circuitry problems when you turn it on.
30th Apr '16 8:57:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/ATouchOfCloth'': Parodied when DC Asap Qureshi shows Jack and Anne a ridiculously graphical supercomputer hologram display in the computer lab, which he describes as "the most melodramatic operating system in the world".
11th Feb '16 9:38:16 AM Morgenthaler
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[[caption-width-right:296:That's not a laptop skin. It's a WINDOW into CyberSpace!]]

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15th Jan '16 8:10:19 AM Anddrix
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* There was a brief fad for creating ExtremeGraphicalRepresentation user interfaces in the mid-Nineties to replace Windows 95 for new computer users, as it was thought this would be [[ViewersAreMorons easier to get used to]]. They typically took the form of representing the computer as a house, with different rooms holding work/productivity programmes, games, kids' stuff and so on. Two examples are Microsoft Bob (one of Microsoft's [[OldShame most embarrassing failures]]) and Packard Bell's Navigator.

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* There was a brief fad for creating ExtremeGraphicalRepresentation user interfaces in the mid-Nineties to replace Windows 95 for new computer users, as it was thought this would be [[ViewersAreMorons easier to get used to]].to. They typically took the form of representing the computer as a house, with different rooms holding work/productivity programmes, games, kids' stuff and so on. Two examples are Microsoft Bob (one of Microsoft's [[OldShame most embarrassing failures]]) and Packard Bell's Navigator.
1st Jan '16 5:06:27 AM erforce
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* Used quite noticeably in the 2007 ''{{Transformers}}'' film--apparently, if you take a sound file of a signal broadcast by a Transformer, open in in Audacity, and zoom in really close to the waveform, you can see Cybertronian glyphs.

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* Used quite noticeably in the 2007 ''{{Transformers}}'' ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' film--apparently, if you take a sound file of a signal broadcast by a Transformer, open in in Audacity, and zoom in really close to the waveform, you can see Cybertronian glyphs.



* ''StarWars'' got more into this trope the further it got into the franchise (as real-world technology and budgets improved). In ''Film/ANewHope'', the schematic of the bombing run on the Death Star, shown to the rebel fleet, is barely Atari-quality; amazingly, the Special Edition didn't update this. By the time ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' rolled around, the rebels were watching fully animated 3D renderings of the new Death Star orbiting Endor. And of course, there's the fancy CGI that the prequel trilogy had to work with.

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* ''StarWars'' ''Franchise/StarWars'' got more into this trope the further it got into the franchise (as real-world technology and budgets improved). In ''Film/ANewHope'', the schematic of the bombing run on the Death Star, shown to the rebel fleet, is barely Atari-quality; amazingly, the Special Edition didn't update this. By the time ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' rolled around, the rebels were watching fully animated 3D renderings of the new Death Star orbiting Endor. And of course, there's the fancy CGI that the prequel trilogy had to work with.



* Lampshaded in ''Film/DateNight''.

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* ''Film/{{Tron}}'', all of it.

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** Most progress bars are pretty awful. Either they advance quickly and then freeze at 99% where they do all the work, or they seem to work fine but reset themselves at the end and go on to another operation (for example, MSI packages for Windows tend to work this way. Also it's ruthlessly parodied in ''OfficeSpace''), raising the question of what exactly the designers thought they were supposed to be there for.

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** Most progress bars are pretty awful. Either they advance quickly and then freeze at 99% where they do all the work, or they seem to work fine but reset themselves at the end and go on to another operation (for example, MSI packages for Windows tend to work this way. Also it's ruthlessly parodied in ''OfficeSpace''), ''Film/OfficeSpace''), raising the question of what exactly the designers thought they were supposed to be there for.
19th Dec '15 5:15:01 PM nombretomado
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* The SharpX68000 version of ''VideoGame/FantasticNightDreamsCotton'' made [=LEDs=] on the keyboard light up in time to the music.

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* The SharpX68000 UsefulNotes/SharpX68000 version of ''VideoGame/FantasticNightDreamsCotton'' made [=LEDs=] on the keyboard light up in time to the music.
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