Thursday, May 11, 2006
Why Micro$oft Causes Stupidity
Too many people just get stuck on "Yes, but they're making money",
Others: and stay with
"They're popular", or even the dreaded
"They made it possible for anybody to use a computer",
or other catchphrases which tend to just derail real arguments.
And it's not because they're valid points,
it's because they're practically impossible to address;
they're perfectly valid points, but in a totally different context than
the one the arguments are in.
If you don't know/Understand something, you're stupid about that something.
I'm pretty stupid about Civil engineering.
If you don't understand computers, you're stupid about computers.
You're not bloody well "computer illiterate". It's a failure phrase,
and the only reason to use a copout phrase is to attempt to
be dishonest against other people and/or yourself.
Admit it; you're stupid about computers. It's not a stigma,
it's an admission.
Ex: User friendly means "easy to use".
We can all agree on that, I think.
And it's what we mean when we say it. So far, so good.
Except, not. When people say "easy to use", what they __REALLY__ mean
is "easy to learn", or "easy to use without learning".
And it's important, to realise the difference between the latter two.
so now we have "user friendly" (easy to use), and
"stupid-user friendly" ==>___easy to use without learning___ .
SO it's the best thing you can do is play with stuff yourself. Not work with it