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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RE: Re: Disagreement
by ThawkTH on Wed 24th May 2006 16:42 UTC in reply to "Re: Disagreement"
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I think there are some examples. Particularly for students.

Writing a paper that must be typed. Typewriter, or computer? I do think, particularly with huge papers, computers have sped things up.

If one knows what they're doing (I'll concede most don't) the internet has made research and fact checking tremendously easier.

I don't think the flaw is computers themselves, only their implementation. Most people simply don't know enough to get the most out of working with them. SO many people spend so much time figuring out how to change the font or switch to landscape that they could've just handwritten the stupid thing in the first place ;)

Moral of the story is: people should make it a point to know what's going on. They never will. Therefore, we either shut a huge population out (companies will never do this), or try to make things simultaneously easy, featureful, and powerful.

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