Linked by David Adams on Wed 24th May 2006 04:08 UTC
Editorial It's conventional wisdom that computers need to be "easier to use." But do they? More reliable, yes. Easier to troubleshoot, yes. But now that so many people use computers so much, I think there's something to be said for making them less easy-to-use and less intuitive.
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RE: You are all just a bit unfair
by jaylaa on Wed 24th May 2006 18:17 UTC in reply to "You are all just a bit unfair"
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2006-01-17

Another example I'd like to give is Latex. Oh the pain I went through the first few times I tried to write with it. But it gets easier everytime. And faster.

Now I'm to the point where a program that makes it easier for newcomers like Lyx or Scientific Workplace are actually a hindrance to me, and I'm glad I don't have to use them (unfortunately I didn't have those programs when I was new at it).

The point I'm trying to make is (well, the same as the article and everyone else who got the article): what is easy for the unexperienced can be a hindrance to the experienced. In the case of Latex it's the fortunate circumstance that there's something for both. But for operating systems, if it weren't for alternate OSs and window managers and 3rd party hacks, experienced users would be forced to put up with the 4 button remote, to use the author's analogy.

Though the article seems to imply that you can't have easy for the beginner and efficient and functional for the experienced at the same time. I think you can, just not with the same interface. Which is why having different desktop environments on the same OS is so great.

And think about this: what if we all were forced to use Windows or OSX with absolutely no tweaks? Would so many people on a tech site such as this be clamoring for easy to use systems that their grandmother who's never seen a computer could use, or would they too be asking for more advanced systems that let them work efficiently without wizards, balloons, clippys and other eye-candy?

Anyway, yeah people are just flaming the article as if he just wants computers to be hard. He doesn't want them to be hard, he just doesn't want to lose more functionality.

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