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Thursday, March 22, 2007

I submit for your approval the following ATM user interface concept:

Screen 1

Swipe your card to begin.

Screen 2

Enter your PIN:

> ****

Screen 3

Select a language:

  1. English
  2. Spanish
  3. Zork

> 3

Screen 4

You are using an ATM. On the screen is a prompt: "Swipe your card to begin." There is a suspicious man standing behind you.

> swipe card

Screen 5

You swipe your card and are prompted to enter your PIN, which you do. At the language prompt, you select English. You then choose to withdraw cash from your checking account. The ATM is currently displaying the following prompt: "Enter the amount you would like to withdraw." You can't help but notice the suspicious man behind you reaching into his pocket.

> enter 100

Screen 6

The ATM grinds and churns for a few moments, mechanically counting out five twenty-dollar bills. You see the bills quickly emerge about half way out of the cash slot. Before you can take your money, however, the suspicious man dives for your cash, knocking you out of the way. As you confront him, he pulls out a gun and kills you.

You are dead.

You scored 0 out of a possible 192 points. This gives you a ranking of "total n00b."

Restart, Restore, or Quit? >

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Blogger Jonathan ...

I always played the paperback versions and kept my index finger in the page i flipped from.

Blogger Lee ...

We were talking about those books today -- and how we'd run out of fingers while holding the place of each possible story-ending branch. It was like each finger represented the return address of a subroutine call... and when you used up all your fingers, you essentially ran out of stack space and would either have to pop values off the stack or change the stack pointer... Man, I love computers. (Almost in that way, if you couldn't tell.)

Blogger Paul ...

That was scary. Lee you have to see Grindhouse!! There is Austin all over the place! its awesome!

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