The design decisions made in 1984 still dominate our personal computing environments, but they no longer reflect the way in which computers are actually used. The fundamental assumptions of interactive computing must be reconsidered. We now use personal computers to deal with large amounts of information, many people across the Internet, and an increasing variety of computing platforms. The chaos induced by the diversity of information, collaborators, and interactive platforms is the main issue I will explore in this article. To resolve the problems created by such diversity we must focus on representations that are naturally convergent. Such convergence…
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