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A look at the emergence of text interfaces in new places. Some examples include SMS, Quicksilver, Ubiquity, GNOME Do, and the Google query string.

A look at the emergence of text interfaces in new places. Some examples include SMS, Quicksilver, Ubiquity, GNOME Do, and the Google query string.

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  • 1. BarCamp Los Angeles 7 May 3 2009 Return of the Command Line New Text Interfaces David Noble www.dnoble.org
  • 2. slideshare.net/dnoble @davenoble
  • 3. In the Beginning...
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  • 15. In the Beginning... > 10 PRINT “HELLO WORLD” > 20 GOTO 10 > RUN HELLO WORLD HELLO WORLD HELLO WORLD HELLO WORLD HELLO WORLD
  • 16. In the Beginning...
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  • 18. Modern Interfaces!
  • 19. Modern Interfaces!
  • 20. Convenience
  • 21. Convenience  Fast  Precise
  • 22. Convenience  Fast  Precise  Shareable
  • 23. http://www.google.com/intl/en/help/features.html
  • 24. http://labs.mozilla.com/projects/ubiquity/
  • 25. Ubiquity Commands  google, wikipedia, def ine, imdb, amazon, f lickr, youtube, yelp  twitter, delicious  weather, map, translate  email, calendar
  • 26. Ubiquity Community  Create new commands  https://wiki.mozilla.org/Labs/Ubiquity/Ubiquity_0.1_Author_Tutorial  Share commands
  • 27. Firefox Keywords  Add bookmark  Edit properties  Use %s as placeholder  “wiki light saber”
  • 28. Google SMS  Text quot;helpquot; to 466453
  • 29. http://www.google.com/intl/en_us/mobile/default/sms.html
  • 30. Twitter  Notes: Evernote  Tasks: Remember the Milk  More bots: http://twitter.pbworks.com/Bots
  • 31. Twitter  WordBot: http://wordbot.blogspot.com/ (help w/crosswords etc)  Translation: http://twanslate.com/  Weather: http://twitter.com/forecast  IMDB: http://twitter.com/imdb  Amazon: http://twitter.com/junglebot  Alarm clock: http://twitter.com/timer  Track your gas mileage: http://www.fuelfrog.com/  Interface directly from real UNIX cli http://marnanel.org/ projects/blt/
  • 32. Twitter  Platforms to make your own bots:  http://twitter.com/tdo  http://twitter.com/t411
  • 33. Desktop  Quicksilver for Mac  Launchy for Windows  GNOME Do for Linux
  • 34. Image Credits Cabazon Dinosaur http://www.f lickr.com/photos/slworking/1353610612/ Child's abacus - Andy Bernay-Roman http://www.f lickr.com/photos/andy_bernay-roman/3006971702/ Babbage difference eng ine http://www.f lickr.com/photos/danacea/876328404/ Babbage difference eng ine detail - Andrew Dunn http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:BabbageDifferenceEng ine.jpg Colossus at Bletchley Park - Cory Doctorow http://www.f lickr.com/photos/doctorow/2686262863/ http://www.f lickr.com/photos/doctorow/2686222621/ Colossus Paper Tape - John (Gianni) Raineri http://www.f lickr.com/photos/goodimages/797664873/ Punchcard - Peter Renshaw http://www.f lickr.com/photos/bootload/247968267/
  • 35. Image Credits Teletype - Jens Ohlig http://www.f lickr.com/photos/johl/1406805604/ Apple II http://www.f lickr.com/photos/wuschl2202/1802972953/ Apple II Reference Manual http://www.f lickr.com/photos/rsepulveda/48277459/ Mice http://www.f lickr.com/photos/heartevolving/3346204394/ Visicalc Ad http://www.f lickr.com/photos/scripting news/3471500626/ Visicalc Screen http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Visicalc.png Virtual World - Bryan Fenstermacher http://www.f lickr.com/photos/fensterbme/145621388/ http://www.f lickr.com/photos/fensterbme/145619552/ XKCD - Randall Monroe http://xkcd.com/149/