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usability


For some reason today I am more angry than usual at how bad current systems are in terms of usability. Simple tasks such as knowing how much free space is there aren't simple anymore: there is regular free space (which could the fragmented and thus maybe affect performance), if you are close to the limit and have many files to copy you have consider cluster size on the disk, and then in the case of Windoes some free space is reserved by the OS for System Restore and such things. All part of a race to provide more features so that more money could be charged for the products so that the investors would be happy, etc etc.

I think that the dot-com craze might have contributed (in bad ways such as what I mentioned before, and with more crazy examples like this) by putting money above anything else. It also seems that in terms of technology (and save for a few examples such as the Palmpilot) we have yet to seriously consider how to provide software and hardware for the masses. Systems that will do what they have to do and won't need replacing for years. That will be easy to use. That will not blame the user. Is this too much to hope for?

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on August 3 2002 at 1:20 PM

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