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Davidflude
25-04-2005, 12:15 PM
I spent some time working with several people on two different PC's at the Vic Junior. The points I am now going to make are all fairly simple but may be of assistance to others.

The first relates to the appearance of your desktop. Remember that a club PC may be used by lots of people. The screen should look good to both people with
normal eyesight and those partially colourblind. The rule of thumb is that blues
look good for everybody but browns and greens can look great for some people
and very yukky for others. The default for Windows XP looks great to most people. For earlier versions of windows set the appearance of the screen using
a person who has full eyesight and one with partial colour blindness. Remember
all females have full eyesight. A simple test for male partial colour blindness is
do their mums or wives insist on checking out their new clothes before they buy them. (Colour blindness was a positive advantage to males when the species were hunter gatherers as it made camoflage less effective).

Look at seeting up icons to appear slightly larger than normal. It is easier to find them if they are large.

The next thing to consider is how programs are set up to appear on screen.
For example someone had set up Openoffice in the club with only one toolbar.
This was almost guaranteed to confuse persons used to working with Microsoft Word as well as making Openoffice seem very user unfriendly. The fix takes only seconds.

This leads to the next really important point. Instal software that most peple are familiar with (even is it costs money).

I am unsure as to whether when you set up a new computer you should set
up one user as administrator and other users with their own logins. The advantage is that people can have their user lool the way that they want it to. The disadvantage is that various people are jumping on and off the computer often all working on the same Swiss Perfect files.

Spiny Norman
25-04-2005, 12:30 PM
I am unsure as to whether when you set up a new computer you should set up one user as administrator and other users with their own logins.

If we're talking Windows PCs, then the answer to that question is "yes".

There's too much scope for people to go wrong, so I would recommend having an administrator account to which only a couple of people hold the password .... and a general user account (e.g. "BHCC") which has limited rights (e.g. "user" or perhaps even "power user").

Might be too much of an admin overhead to have personal login accounts....

Davidflude
25-04-2005, 04:19 PM
Yes I think that the idea of an administrator account and a general purpose is the way to go in principle.

The real hassle is accidental stuff ups, not deliberate nastiness.

ElevatorEscapee
26-04-2005, 08:45 PM
Remember that a club PC may be used by lots of people.

Thanks Fludey, the advice that I read from this that purchasers of cheap, second hand PCs for club purposes should do their best to eradicate the almost ubiquitous porn that seems to infest second hand PCs. ;)