I'm reading this great book called The Human Factor, by Kim Vicente recommended by a colleague. Vicente covers hundreds of issues related to modern technology mostly due to ignoring the "human factor." Some technology works just find technically if you only look at it from a "mechanistic" point of view, but when you add the human factor into the picture - physical constraints of the body, people's ability to juggle information, their psychological reaction to various stimuli, the technology can be a disaster.
- People are impatient and don't want to wait while their computer boots up every time they use it
- They just forget to turn it off when they leave work
- Some people think it is bad for the computer to turn it off (this is wrong... turning off your computers on nights and weekends will give it three times the useful life vs. leaving it on all the time)
- Some people believe that screen savers conserve energy when not in use (this is not true, screens savers just keep the monitor picture tube from being damaged)