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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Power vs. simplicity is a false dichotomy
by DHofmann on Wed 24th May 2006 16:23 UTC
DHofmann
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2005-08-19

"will the computing world truly be served by catering to their needs at the expense of everyday computer users?"

This implies that power and simplicity are mutually exclusive. Here's a counterexample: TiVo. It's much more powerful than a VCR, and yet is much easier to use to record your favorite programs.

It takes creativity to make something simpler without sacrificing power, but it can be done.

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