User talk:MichaelMcGuffin

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Hello, MichaelMcGuffin, and welcome to Wikipedia! Thank you for your contributions. I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Here are a few good links for newcomers:

I hope you enjoy editing here and being a Wikipedian! Please sign your name on talk pages using four tildes (~~~~); this will automatically produce your name and the date. If you need help, check out Wikipedia:Where to ask a question, ask me on my talk page, or place {{helpme}} on your talk page and someone will show up shortly to answer your questions. Again, welcome! --DarkEvil 14:49, 5 February 2006 (UTC)

I was wondering why you took out all the references to academic environments in the direct manipulation interface article. I have been doing research on the topic since 1988 and have rarely seen the term used outside academic environments, so some form of mention of this milieu seems needed, somewhere in a direct manipulation interface article. AlainV 04:11, 22 Jun 2004 (UTC)

The user talk page is a good place as any to place messages like this. I find it handy because it triggers a warning of new messages. You are certainly right about the importance of the difference between direct manipulation and the GUI and WIMP notions, at least in my view. I was a bit too timid when I created the article, and since then I have always been hesitant about adding to it because of the controversies involved. The problem, as always, is with Shneiderman. I found it very entertaining to watch him fuming as Eric Horvitz talked about his visions of intelligent interfaces at SIGUIST 2004 in Vancouver, and I wanted to laugh when he got up at the end to pound him over the head (verbally). But his style also makes him many ennemies. To me he is the champion of the direct manipulation interface, but following him too closely leads to a style rather far from the Neutral Point of View favored in this encyclopedia. But how do you present the opposition between the direct manipulation cocnecept and the Adaptive Interface (or Intelligent User Interface) in this kind of place. Just make links with no comments? AlainV 03:38, 23 Jun 2004 (UTC)


Hi, this is psy@cs. I see you've also discovered what a fun waste of time Wikipedia can be. :) I've contributed a few articles myself; you can check out a list on my user page. By the way, I may be moving back to TO in September, so perhaps we'll see each other then. Best wishes to A. and D. —Psychonaut 20:47, 9 November 2005 (UTC)

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Check this out: [1] bunix 02:01, 14 October 2006 (UTC)

Re: Cayley[edit]

Hi (Salut) ! Regarding Cayley and the parentheses representation of trees, my reference is this: But there's not much more info. --Tjunier 14:55, 12 April 2007 (UTC)

You're invited![edit]

Hello, MichaelMcGuffin,

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