Linked by David Adams on Fri 5th Aug 2011 16:08 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces A couple of days ago I read a blog post by Stephen Ramsay, a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Fellow at the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities. In it, he mentions that he has all but abandoned the GUI and finds the command line to be "faster, easier to understand, easier to integrate, more scalable, more portable, more sustainable, more consistent, and many, many times more flexible than even the most well-thought-out graphical apps." I found this very thought-provoking, because, like Ramsay, I spend a lot of time thinking about "The Future of Computing," and I think that the CLI, an interface from the past, might have a place in the interface of the future.
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the cart before the horse.
by unclefester on Fri 5th Aug 2011 22:55 UTC
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I recently read a comment from a legendary Mongolian horse trainer:

In Mongolia we teach our children to think like a horse. A horse can never learn to think like a human.


In the Western context we should teach people to understand how computers function (file hierarchy, commands etc) not try and not waste enormous efforts on making computers understand us.

Back mid 80s when I was using DOS I was probably much faster using the CLI and function keys than I am now on a Gnome GUI.

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