Linked by David Adams on Wed 24th May 2006 04:08 UTC
Editorial It's conventional wisdom that computers need to be "easier to use." But do they? More reliable, yes. Easier to troubleshoot, yes. But now that so many people use computers so much, I think there's something to be said for making them less easy-to-use and less intuitive.
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"Easy to use" isn't a bad thing.
by rcsteiner on Wed 24th May 2006 16:13 UTC
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However, I think the common desktop computer should be made either (1) more difficult to alter, or (2) far easier to recover to a known stable/secure state.

Put the core OS and various utilities in ROM, and let the user add applications on disk all they want. OS updates are sold on ROMs that you swap in for your existing ones.

Alternatively, build disk imaging software into the BIOS (or some other ROM) in the machine, and allow for one-touch backups and system restorals.

Right now, a computer is a meta-machine which is almost completely vulnerable to the whims of the uneducated public, and in an interconnected computer world that is a fairly dangerous thing...

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