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Re: What they're up to
On Mon, 24 Nov 1997 firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> Once you get past "My Computer" and "My
> Briefcase" and get into system settings, help text, and error messages, you
> find a mass of mumbo-jumbo that even old hands often find difficult or
> impossible to understand.
Indeed. The "simplification" of Win95 makes it very difficult to
People set up Microsoft Internet Explorer, and it asks them for the
network address of their "postoffice". The Help text says to ask the
sysadmin if they don't know. So they ask me. I don't know! I never
set up any "postoffice"! I ask them: "does it ask for your SMTP
server, for your POP3 server, or for your mailbox address, or what?"
They don't know. It just asks for their "postoffice".
In the end neither the computer illiterate nor the computer savvy
user is served, because the one can't help the other.
The word "postoffice" is 100 times more intuitive than "RFC1532
compliant end-node maildrop", right? So it makes life simpler, right?
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