Computers in Film

This post by Jakob Nielsen gave me a laugh:

The article’s summary:

User interfaces in film are more exciting than they are realistic, and heroes have far too easy a time using foreign systems.

I thought this was pretty interesting and it validated my thoughts. Every time I watch a movie with computers in it, I think to myself, “I’ve never seen any computer software that looked like that.” I particularly like the part about how easily heros can use strange computer systems. The best example is from Jurassic Park:

In the film Jurassic Park, a 12-year-old girl has to use the park’s security system to keep everyone from being eaten by dinosaurs. She walks up to the control terminal and utters the immortal words, “This is a Unix system. I know this.”

Um, yeah…most 12-year-olds know Unix.

Via 456 Berea St.

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