Hello, I’m Bernard
I’m a user centred designer. I work mainly as a user researcher and interaction designer. In my day job, I work in a UK government department.
I spend my days mostly doing:
- user research to build services that are sometimes completely digital, and sometimes a mixture of digital and non-digital
- interaction design when needs be
- my best to change fellow government employee’s ways of thinking about the “user”
- what I can to promote the use of Open Source Software in government
I used to be an engineer. I expect to be able to repair, upgrade and fix my hardware myself. I expect everyone, who wants to, to do the same.
I’ve been an Apple computer user for about 20 odd years. I used it as my main work producing platform for about 7.
I’m tired of it. I am tired of how the hardware has become a closed, tightly controlled platform.
I was looking to replace my 2011 Macbook Pro in the next year or so. New Macbooks are 0% user serviceable. ZERO. If you need a new keyboard, it’ll cost ~ £600 because you’ll have to replace a large portion of the computer, not just the keyboard.
I’m tired of how the software is doing less of what I want (and need!). I have less issues with Mac OS than I do with Apple hardware. However in order to run Mac OS on non-Apple hardware I have to jump through more hoops than a performing dolphin.
And I’m not interested in that.
Time to change
I’ve been using Linux of various flavours – Debian 1)https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debian, Ubuntu 2)https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubuntu_(operating_system), Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Nokia Enterprise Linux (an internal Nokia Linux distro) 3)https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Hat_Enterprise_Linux, Elementary OS 4)https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elementary_OS – for 20+ years.
Bye bye Apple
I am starting an experiment to move from the (slowly deteriorating) Mac OS to open source Linux.
I’ve already started. This blog category open sourced ucd 5)http://www.ei8fdb.org/thoughts/category/open-sourced-ucd/ will be used to track the success (or failure) of the experiment.
The objective is to find replacement open source software applications for my main tools.
I will try to document Linux applications for user researchers and interaction designers to replace the Mac OS applications I am leaving behind.
I’m looking forward to the experiment. Beaker! Light the bunsen burner!