[rescue] tired of current GUIs / a rant about the daily

Michael Parson mparson at bl.org
Wed Oct 23 22:59:03 CDT 2019

On 2019-10-23 22:03, Mouse wrote:
>>>> The bottom line is that the software world has gotten lazy.
>>> Yes, and no.  We no longer optimize for the machine, because the
>>> machine is cheap.  We instead optimize for the amount of time humans
>>> have to spend making the machine do something useful, because the
>>> human labor is now the dominant economic factor in producing
>>> software.
>> Then why do we produce so many utterly fucking ATROCIOUS interfaces?
> There are other reasons, but there's one really big one that I have
> very rarely seen mentioned:
> Because there is no such thing.
> There is no such thing as a good user interface or a bad user
> interface.  There is only a good, or bad, user interface *for a
> particular user* (or class of sufficiently-similar users).  One
> person's dream interface can be, and occasionally is, the next person's
> nightmare interface.
> For example, these days I'm carrying a "smart"phone for work.  The user
> interface is, no doubt, great for plenty of people - but for me it's a
> barely-tolerable abomination.

As long as I try to not think about the fact that there is a Linux 
that they don't want me using as a Linux subsystem, deep inside of it, 
"smart" phone does it's job of placing/receiving calls, text messages, 
and lets
me at least get the general idea of what's being conveyed in the emails 
fetches for me.

> Find me a smartphone that's documented
> in enough detail I can replace all the software on it with my own and
> I'm not looking back - well, unless it is outrageously pricy.  (As I
> understand it no such beast exists at the moment, though I've seen it
> said a few are in the works.)

Anxiously awaiting the Pine Phone:


Michael Parson
Pflugerville, TX

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