Nine Rules for Good Technology

"If a technology is to become widespread, it is crucial that it be easy to use—so easy that it need not be packaged with an operating manual." So says Stephen Downes, who talks about what makes good (read: easy to use) technology in Michigan University's Technology Source. Here are his 9 rules for good technology:

  1. Good technology is always available
  2. Good technology is always on
  3. Good technology is always connected
  4. Good technology is standardized
  5. Good technology is simple
  6. Good technology does not require parts
  7. Good technology is personalized
  8. Good technology is modular
  9. Good technology does what you want it to do

thanks LucDesk

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I can't quite see the point of this article,

...and anyway, they missed the obvious ones