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Danger Mouse

OO Mouse

If it's not a prank, this mouse has to be the most chilling example thus far in support of dictatorship over direct democracy in matters of design.

The open source community has delivered millions of lines of code to the world, and I love it dearly for this. But the movement seems completely devoid of aesthetic sensibility or restraint. Even the Ubuntu project, which tries so hard to get usability right (and does, to some extent) still serves up a watery approximation of Windows and an excess of configuration options.

Maybe things will improve as more non-coders learn to code. (Or maybe this will just do to code what the open-source developers did to design.)

(Via Daring Fireball.)

November 8 2009 at 9 PM