Linked by Scott Cabana on Thu 2nd Dec 2004 20:18 UTC
Editorial A couple of days ago, I read an interesting article by Kevin Kostis about how complex computer systems are and how they have a long way to go. I have to partly agree with his assessment, however a lot of folks don't take the time to learn about there own investment.
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by Anonymous on Fri 3rd Dec 2004 16:38 UTC

The unfortunate thing is that you've seemed to miss the whole point of the preivious article. Things like "Save As..." which you use as an example are a purly historical construct that we don't need anymore. You have to think about the bigger picture of the interaction with the computer as a whole. Think about all the things you associate with computer interation, why they are the way they are, why are they necessary, and how could they be improved. Don't let your comfort with existing systems lul you into the "It works now, so why change it," syndrom. Do this, and I think you will find that many of the stuff you take for granted in todays computer systems is useless, counter productive, and unintuitive. Apple sees this, and Microsoft sees this, but unfortunatly, they have to retain that hidious monster of backwards compatibility. If they could just drop everything and start from scratch, I doubt you would find a "Save..." dialouge anywhere in the system.