Category archives for "ui"

Oracle Java spinner, October 2017

If you update Java on your Mac there is an experience during the install process where you end up on their website. There is a large red button that checks if you have latest Java installed. It’s a nice way to test if the install process went fine. Here is what it looks like:

Did you see it?

There is a thing of spinner beauty when the Java applet runs. Gradient BLOBS that rotate by 30 degrees in a slow fashion that exemplifies the very nature of Java itself. Here, I recreated it in Photoshop, so we all can look at it until there is a new post on this website. YAY!!

The UI of Soyuz-TMA spaceship

Ever wondered what the User Interface for controlling a Soyuz-TMA spaceship looks like? Thanks to Astronaut.ru you can download a training program, used by the astronauts, as a DOS executable, run it with DOSBox and try your luck. This is what it’s like:

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Some of the strings in English:

ГОТОВО
Ready

НЕ ГОТОВО
Not Ready

Время
It is time.

НЕПТУН
NEPTUNE

БУДИЛЬНИК
Alarm

Тестирование MIL-1553
Testing MIL-1553

Статус
Status

БЗавершение операции
Operation Completed.

Here is the full list, or the instruction manual (Google Translate). The UI in action:

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Another screen shown running on the actual display:

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If you want to dive in more, Slava Gerovitch at MIT has published an extensive set of information on the Russian space program in English, this is a good start at the computer systems by Yurii Tiapchenko. The level of knowledge that has accumulated in this is just mind boggling.