For those with Facebook accounts, try the following experiment: Open the web browser on your computer and start a chat message. Then, open the “Messenger” app on your smartphone and send a message to a friend. Note how long it takes for it to pop up on your phone. When your friend replies, tap the icon on your phone and look at your browser. How long did it take to register in your browser that you read the message on your phone? I’ve never seen it take more than two seconds. In that time, your phone app registers that you’ve read the message, translates that into the proper code, and sends it to your home WiFi router, modem, Internet, and Facebook servers, then back to the Internet, and ultimately through your modem and router to your desktop browser, which shows a little icon.
Data and Design
Military information systems must look to the functionality, intuitiveness, and flexibility of private-sector technologies.
By Lieutenant (junior grade) Benjamin Morris, U.S. Navy