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Re: A Microsoft Christmas Carol
> Oh, come on. Back in the CP/M era, ordinary people simply thought a
> computer would be overkill for the work they were doing -- but once
> exposed to computers, they took to them with alacrity.
It was a hobby back though... For those who ONLY wanted to do common chores
such as word-processing -and not learn how filing systems worked- there was a
lot of overhead to learn before you got to the real work.
> It was wonderful to have an operating system that ran on a wide variety of
> hardware designs. It was wonderful to have dynamic on-screen instructions.
> It was wonderful to be able to choose a user interface suitable for your
> work and your tastes. For people who work with text, it was particularly
> wonderful to be able to keep your hands on the home row, your eyes on the
> screen, and your mind on your work, and to do *everything people do today*
Hmmm.... I don't know if I agree with this. It depends on how far you want to
> Sure, it's great that six-year-olds can now use computers. Does that mean
> we should all pedal tricycles to get around? Come ON.
I agree. Some users need to expect more of themselves.
> Speaking of pedaling, for someone who knows what is possible on a computer
> and who must use a computer eight hours a day, to sit down at a Mac, a
> Windows machine, or any system with the keyboard layout IBM introduced in
> 1986, is like riding a bicycle with one pedal missing, or riding along and
> having the handlebar stem snap in two.
I've got one of those split in two keyboards.
Delphi Programmer & Western Michigan Student (CS)
Kalamazoo MI USA
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