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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RE: Luke McCarthy and Paul Hahle
by RE: on Tue 30th Nov 2004 22:15 UTC

"So I teached him plain HTML with a simple text editor in 15 minutes. And that was easy for him to understand because now *he* was in control, not the fscking machine!

I think systems should be more transparent about their inner workings, allowing users to understand."

"Agreed! I would never have been able to use computers so effortlessly if I had started with Windows instead of Acorn Electron and DOS. God help people born in to the world of Windows. I like to start from the bottom, going up. It's like programming: the best programmers know assembly, and can use it when necessary (not very often)."

Exactly my point! Hence the need to start with commdn-line systems and understand why they are doing tasks, not bury them beneath layers of abstraction and various metaphors such as the desktop.

I also agree with Paul Hahle. Raskin's THE is exactly where we should be heading. It may not be suitable in all circumstances but it is a step in the right direction and a mvoe away from the dead-end that GUIs have become. A tool like THE will also make it an easier path to eventually use voice Interfaces.

I want to see a day when I can "telnet" into my machine anywhere from a mobile 'phone via a secure link and have it read e.-mails or web pages on my request. (I live in hope.)