Today's Horrible Computer World
A work in progress. ©1998 T.Nelson
"If houses were built the way computers are built, the first woodpecker would bring down civilization." Anon
Jay Osako's angry post, with which I agree
The dirty little secret: The computer world is an incredible uphill mess. Nobody's life has been simplified by computers.
When I published Computer Lib in 1974, computers were big oppressive
systems off in airconditioned rooms. In the 1987 edition of Computer
Lib-- the Microsoft edition!-- I wrote, "Now you can be oppressed in
your own living room!" It has gotten far worse.
THE BAD NEWS: ... and if you had such a Mercedes-Benz, it would stop unexpectedly, and your family would be missing from the back seat. Forever.
THE CRIME OF WYSIWYG
THE PRISON OF "APPLICATIONS"
The Tyranny of the File
The Folly of Metaphors
The Blight of Applications
THE FINAL ABOMINATION: the "clipboard"
SOFTWARE CONFLICT HELL
HARDWARE CONFLICT HELL
MIDI a Geek's notion of music, word processing a Geek's notion of what writers need-- in both cases DELUDED BY THE NOTATION, thinking the notation is the inner reality.
OVERLAPPING AND CONTRADICTORY PACKAGES with CONFLICTING SETS OF RULES
Five minutes to start up your computer! Times a hundred million: EVERY DAY 500 MILLION PERSON-MINUTES WASTED JUST ON STARTUP! And that's without mentioning crashes...