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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Coffee in someone else's kitchen
by orfanum on Wed 28th Jan 2009 01:51 UTC
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Granted you know how to make coffee, perhaps you can even make different types of it well (being able to tackle one of those stove-top aluminium expresso makers with a nonchalent grin).

But try waking up in someone else's place, hungover, and make coffee as well and as effortlessly as at home. Everything is there - the kitchen, cupboards, spoons, coffee, sugar, fridge, milk, etc., i.e., it's all still 'intuitive' (I mean, provided that your host hasn't decided to refurbish his/her shed/outhouse and make it the kitchen), but I bet you'd still be scratching your head, and wondering with increasing panic whether you are ever going to get that caffeine fix.

Now also imagine that you have been tasked as well with making breakfast for the rest of the party as they emerge.

The basic equations will have not changed, just the medium for their resolution.

Try imagining change such as this as positive in all cases. It won't be easy. There is natural resistance. Not all alterations presage grand evolutionary steps to something better, to some abstract place from which, once we reach it, we are reassured we will be able to look back on our momentary confusion and ignorance and wonder what the fuss was about.

In other words, yes, we should all allow others and ourselves to express consternation, and outrage even, at change. Things do change, sh*t happens, and we have to get over it - but there's nothing intrinsically wrong with having coffee the way you like it, in your favourite arnchair. To pretend that such a sentiment is necessarily antediluvian and regressive is itself, to me, a bizarre psychological reflex.

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Soulbender Member since:

Yes, everyone has a natural aversion to change. The difference however, is between those who deal with it and move on and those who continue to whine and complain about how much better it was before.

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Soulbender Member since:

And as for the coffee analogy. Sure, it can be a bitch but people who cope ask someone to help, ask where things are, remember where and get the job done.
No one likes the person who fail to ask for help and just complain about how things aren't the way it is in their kitchen and how much better their own kitchen is.

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j-kidd Member since:

I really like your coffee making analogy as I just had the exact experience in the last few days (when I stayed at my parents place). It sure requires a lot more effort to make coffee in another kitchen even though everything is there.

However, the situation with KDE4 is that you are not in someone's else kitchen -- you just got yourself a whole new kitchen. Even though you may need some extra effort at the beginning, you have the freedom to "remodel" the kitchen such that in the long run it will require less effort to make coffee compared to your old kitchen.

I, for one, love the new kitchen. I gave it a chance to optimize my coffee making routine, and it didn't disappoint. Meanwhile, Linus walked into a kitchen under construction, tripped himself, poured the coffee over his own head, and decided to become a tea drinker ;)

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orfanum Member since:

I'll be round for coffee, then :-)!

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