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back to top  Redesign

The new XRDS is fantastic. Well done!
Etienne Bauermeister, Email

Reaaaaly Cooool!!!!!!!!
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

back to top  The E-I-C

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 research.
Santosh Kalwar, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland, Email

ACM XRDS xrds1701_a.gif Chris Harrison xrds1701_b.gif

Translation: So Chris Harrison is the editor-in-chief of the student magazine ACM XRDS? Wonderful!
Jun Rekimoto (rkmt), University of Tokyo, Twitter

back to top  Future Issues

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


back to top  Digital Edition

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.
DT, Email

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.

back to top  XR—What?

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

back to top  Footnotes

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 [xrds@acm.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.

DOI: http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1836543.1836545

back to top  Figures

UF1Figure. Darren Kulp gets a pie in the face from David Niehus during a fundraiser for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Women in Information Technology Systems group.

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