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The new XRDS is fantastic. Well done!
Etienne Bauermeister, Email
Ruslan S. Slobodyanik, Email
I am an undergraduate student at McGill University. I found
XRDS while reading some computer science research papers
(particularly those of Mr. Harrison, editor-in-chief), and since
then, I have subscribed to and become an enthusiastic fan of
XRDS. I will be entering my second year of university in
September, and I will be majoring in computer science and
biology. As is evident, I am very interested in the fields
explored by XRDS, and the launch issue particularly
reaffirmed my enthusiasm towards this magazine.
Ben Deverett, McGill University, Montreal, Email
The summer issue of ACM XRDS magazine on The Future of
Interaction is really interesting. Lee, Ishii, Tan, Jordà
and Girouard rolled in one.
Michel Janse (dawuss), University of Twente, The Netherlands, Twitter
I am writing this letter in reference to your first newly
revised publication of the student magazine previously known as
Crossroads. I very much liked most of the articles,
particularly "The Future of Interaction: Interfaces Everywhere"
(Letter from the Editor, vol. 16, no. 4). I was fully motivated
by the statement, "That means we need you!" It is true without
the collaborative group work of like-minded people it is hard to
get any job done. ... I come from a diverse cultural
background and I am doing my research in human-computer
interaction at Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland.
Today, I strongly recommended that my fellow colleagues submit
contributions to our magazine (here, "our"=XRDS). As far
as interfaces for input is concerned, which seems very
challenging and interesting topic to me, on the one hand, the
technological advancements will ease our normal day-to-day lives.
On the other hand, it may cause the negative impact on lives. We
just need some proper balance to move forward. I wish our editor,
Chris, good luck with his new job and also with his PhD
Santosh Kalwar, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland, Email
ACM XRDS Chris Harrison
Translation: So Chris Harrison is the editor-in-chief
of the student magazine ACM XRDS? Wonderful!
Jun Rekimoto (rkmt), University of Tokyo, Twitter
Hello from a former XRDS/Crossroads general editor.
It's great to see the new format online! Keep up the good work. I
have a suggestion for a future theme: healthcare IT. I don't
recall when this topic last appeared, but a lot of HIT research
is going on these days at many universities.
Kevin Fu, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Email
"I have a suggestion for a future theme: healthcare IT." Kevin Fu
The online reader gets in the way of reading the magazine. I
might be more inclined to read the magazine if it were more in
the style of blog posts or something that easily fits on my
screen and allows me to scroll from one article to the next. Hope
the feedback was helpful.
Editor's Reply: Thanks for your comments. With this issue of XRDS, we are pleased to reveal a new interface design for the online reader (also known as the digital edition). Additionally, our new web site, http://xrds.acm.org, contains the complete issue of the magazine, and it may have the more traditional online look and feel that you prefer.
Sorry, but XRDS what does that mean or stand for? It
takes ages to say and is just another meaningless acronym. Why
can't you call your student magazine something meaningful, like
"Student ACM monthly" instead of trying to be oh so clever? Then
you wouldn't have to spend paragraphs explaining why we should
read it. We would already know it was relevant.
Lucy Buykx, University of York, Email
How to contact XRDS: Send a letter to the editors, an amazing photo that highlights your work or something interesting on your campus, or other feedback by email [firstname.lastname@example.org], on Facebook by posting to our group page [http://tinyurl.com/XRDS-Facebook], via Twitter by using #xrds in any message, or by post to ACM Attn: XRDS, 2 Penn Plaza, Suite 701, New York, NY 10121, U.S.
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