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 drsmithy on Tue 30th Nov 2004 22:34 UTC

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.

Commandlines and GUIs work at the same level of abstraction. Double clicking an icon to run a program is at the exact same level of abstraction as typing a command to run a program. As is dragging a data file onto an icon and piping a data file into a binary.

The only difference is the method of using those abstraction.

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.)

You can do that *now*.