Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Jan 2009 13:46 UTC
Editorial With Windows 7 having made its grand debut, and with KDE4's vision making leaps and bounds forward with every release, we have two major software projects that have decided to implement some fairly drastic interface changes. Such changes are bound to receive some harsh criticisms - but the funny thing is, these criticisms usually come from people you least expect it from.
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SJVN is a raging idiot
by tux68 on Tue 27th Jan 2009 14:44 UTC
tux68
Member since:
2006-10-24

I've long stopped reading anything SJVN spews onto the web and written him off as a raging idiot. But I have to admit that perhaps in this area I am a bit like him; gawd i hope it's only this one area.

Have worked in this field for a few decades and am able to wrap my head around most new concepts with relative ease. Yet put me in front of a new desktop and I curse like a sailor.

Was recently asked to help an older gentleman find some documents he lost on his Mac. It was the first time I had used a Mac in years and i was quickly frustrated at how "STUPID" everything seemed ;o) It amazed me that people called this sh*t easier to use than Windows. Actually I've been using a Gnome desktop for so long that switching to Windows often leads to the same cursing.

So perhaps there really is something to the idea that technical people are generally happier with the technology they know best and more resistant to change.

Or maybe i'm just a raging idiot like SJVN.

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RE: SJVN is a raging idiot
by panzi on Tue 27th Jan 2009 16:25 in reply to "SJVN is a raging idiot"
panzi Member since:
2006-01-22

The only thing thats really STUPID with OS X is, that a lot of very nice functionality is only accessible with not (or poorly) documented magical key combinations. Its like a secrete language only insiders who read all the mac blogs know. THATS not userfriendly.

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RE[2]: SJVN is a raging idiot
by google_ninja on Tue 27th Jan 2009 16:48 in reply to "RE: SJVN is a raging idiot"
google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

Thats funny, I find the exact opposite. Everything is in the menu, and every menu item has the key combo beside it. I think its a great way to provide both a discoverable and intuitive interface, and an expert friendly interface at the same time.

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