Linked by Nicholas Blachford on Wed 11th Aug 2004 07:53 UTC
Editorial Computers are complex systems but it's a mistake to assume they need to be complex to use. However, usability is not as easy as it may first seem. It is a different discipline from software development lacking the strict logic or having a "right way". There are only differing requirements and differing collections of guidelines. Making things easy is difficult.
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Ideally, computers should be something we can talk to (like star treck), to be truly usefull, you down't need to know or care about what's in that black box anymore than what's under the cars hood. OS's and user interfaces should be invisible, the whole reason for complexity is that computers are still primitive and we have to support the likes of MS. I doesn't help that MS has made a lot of money selling OS's and software that is complex and changes needlessly all the time...the only people served by such methods are MS and the billions of companies/individuals that help out the computer clueless.. a truly smart PC would eliminate this forever (or reduce it a lot), but where would all those surplus prgrammers/consultants go then?? The current situation is simply bad for the user and we all pay for it by having these primitive systems that change every 2 seconds for no good reason other than greed.