Linked by Kostis Kapelonis on Mon 29th Nov 2004 18:55 UTC
Editorial The IT sector today is a complete mess. The end-users rarely understand this, but most insiders reach a point when they realize that things should be different. The problems are numerous but they all reduce to a basic principle. IT and consumer electronics companies are interested more about money than helping people solve their problems. Of course companies need to make a profit and nobody denies that. They should however make money by helping people and not by creating more problems for them.
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by Don on Mon 29th Nov 2004 20:40 UTC

#1 The author has some valid points about computer interfaces Why canít disk defrag be done automatically in off hours? The same can be said for the whole issue of backup. However these are very low level issues that almost everyone would rather not have to deal with. However as you move up the work hierarchy you will run into differences of opinion on what is good automation and what is interference. The multitude of comments here on auto save are a good example. The same can be said for window management. I change my window layout constantly to meet my needs. An OS that did it automatically would probably get in my way.

#2 The authorís complaints about the lack of standards in flash memory systems are a little more disturbing. And the cure may be worse than the problem. Why so many different form factors for camera memory? Simple this industry is immature. Manufactures are trying different ideas in their efforts to build cameraís to fit into various market segments. In cameras one size does not suit all users, and one memory form factor does not work well with all camera sizes.

Now imagine what it would be like if in 1998 some standards body mandated that all cameraís must use the Smart Media standard. High end camera users would not have the capacities afforded by compact flash based minidisks. What if in 1982 some standards body had decided that all computers must use CP/M as the OS? Or maybe in 1984 all computers must have two 1.2 MB 5.25" floppy disk drives. Or maybe in 1995 an international standards body said all computers must use Windows 95.