BayCHI meeting on future Oracle interfaces and GNOME

We invite you to a special new year reception from 6:30 to 7:30pm, just
prior to Tuesday evening's BayCHI program.  Wine, Cheese, Hot and Cold Hors
D'Oeuvres, Tea, Coffee, bottled Water and Juices, ... will be served.  Come
eat, drink, and be merry as we start off a new BayCHI year and millenium
and as you meet and get to know others in the BayCHI community.

Remember: this month's meeting will be held at the Oracle Conference Center
in Redwood Shores, NOT at Xerox PARC in Palo Alto (we will return to Xerox
PARC in February).  Directions to the Oracle Conference Center appear below.

See you this Tuesday evening.

                             B a y C H I

                 The San Francisco Bay Area ACM SIGCHI
          Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction
                    announces its January meeting:

                        Tuesday, January 9, 2001
                            6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

                         NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE!
                        Oracle Conference Center
                           350 Oracle Parkway
                        Redwood Shores, CA 94065

              6:30 to 7:30: Wine, Cheese, Music, and More
                 Come eat, drink, and be merry with us!

                           Beginning at 7:30:
                Improving the Usability of Free Software
                         Andy Hertzfeld, Eazel
       The Genesis of Second-Generation Internet User Interfaces
                          for Oracle Products
                        Daniel Rosenberg, Oracle

      (BayCHI meeting attendance is free and open to the public.)

             BayCHI programs are not audio- or videotaped,
               and taping by attendees is not permitted.

Abstract of "Improving the Usability of Free Software":

It is important for the human interface community to actively
participate in the free software movement.  This talk will discuss the
increasing market acceptance of free software and the factors that will
make it important to mainstream users in the near future.  The user
experience is being transformed by the Internet and the new
opportunities it presents for improving usability, especially the ease
of system management.  The centerpiece of this talk will be a
demonstration of Nautilus, an innovative graphical shell for GNOME that
is being developed by Eazel.

ANDY HERTZFELD was a graduate student at UC Berkeley in January 1978
when he purchased an Apple II personal computer, which changed his
life.  He went to work for Apple Computer in August 1979, creating
peripherals and system software for the Apple II.  He became a
principal member of the original Macintosh team in February 1981 and
designed and implemented a large fraction of the original Macintosh
system software, including the User Interface Toolbox.

After leaving Apple in March 1984, Andy worked independently, designing
the software for several Macintosh products, including ThunderScan,
Switcher, and the Radius Full Page Display.  In May 1990, Andy
co-founded General Magic, where he was the lead developer of the
innovative Magic Cap platform for personal intelligent communicators.
In August 1999, Andy co-founded Eazel, a new company that is dedicated
to improving the usability of open source software.  Andy is passionate
about writing ground-breaking software that makes computers easy and
fun to use and hopes to continue doing so at Eazel.


Abstract of "The Genesis of Second Generation Internet User Interfaces
for Oracle Products":

Many software companies have just recently released versions of their
products that operate on corporate intranets or the public Internet,
with all of its attendant opportunities and limitations.  Oracle
completed this first generation transition in the late 1998 and is
currently delivering its second generation of products built
specifically for the Internet.  One criterion for success of this new
generation of products is the ability to operate in configurations
hosted by ASPs through virtual private networks.  Another key trend is
the development of internet exchanges where communities of competitive
trading partners and suppliers operate from a single shared software
implementation.  These trends are transforming the software business
from a product industry to a service industry.  To support this
transformation, user interfaces and the way they are developed must
also evolve.

This presentation will describe how the transition from first- to
second-generation Internet products is taking place at Oracle, through
a series of eight product case studies.  It will provide a preview of
this new generation of designs, along with a retrospective and analysis
of how they evolved to meet these changing requirements in regard to
both visual and interaction design.

DANIEL ROSENBERG is Vice President of development for Usability and
Interface Design at Oracle Corporation.  In this capacity he is
responsible for the UI design of Oracle Server, Tools, and Applications
product lines.  His 60-person usability and interface design group at
Oracle is also responsible for the development of the Oracle User
Interface standards for Java and HTML as well as applied UI research on
advanced user interfaces.

Prior to joining Oracle he was the User Interface Architect for Borland
International, and preceding that, held the same role at Ashton-Tate.
Mr. Rosenberg's book, "Human Factors in Product Design" (Elsevier 1991)
co-authored with William Cushman was the first book published to
formally address the ergonomics of consumer products. His many
publications include chapters in the "Handbook of Human Computer
Interaction" (Elsevier 1988) and "Usability in Practice" (Academic
Press 1994) as well as numerous journal and magazine articles.  He has
been an active member of the CHI community for over 20 years, having
taught several CHI tutorials, participated in panels and workshops, and
reviewed papers.  He was also one of the founding editors of ACM's
NetWorker magazine.


2)  Directions to the Oracle Conference Center

>From San Jose:
 Take 101 North
 Take the Ralston Avenue/Marine World Parkway off ramp
 At the first fork, bear right to Marine World Parkway
 On Marine World Parkway, go to the far-left lane
 At first stoplight, turn left onto Oracle Parkway

>From San Francisco:
 Take 101 South
 Take the Ralston Avenue off ramp
 At the first fork, proceed straight ahead
 At the second fork, bear right around the jug handle to Marine World
 On Marine World Parkway, go to the far-left lane
 At first stoplight, turn left onto Oracle Parkway

Oracle Conference Center is located at 350 Oracle Parkway.  On Oracle
Parkway, go through first stop sign, continue until the road begins to
wrap around.  The Conference Center is directly on the right side of
the road.  Please feel free to use the parking garages if there are no
open spaces outside.

Oracle Conference Center Phone: (650)633-8300

Received on Monday, 8 January 2001 10:37:34 UTC