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Re: web inherits UNIX console?

On Wed, 5 Oct 2011 06:03:26 +0000
David Holland <> wrote:

> It is easy to receive the impression that "human factors" means
> "making computers user-friendly!!11!1!" because that's what many
> people have concentrated on for a long time. It is also what various
> disproportionately visible and loud strands of thinking concentrate
> on. It is also the case that such work tends to look at the impact on
> new or naive users, because doing studies on expert users mostly tells
> you only that expert users work better with things they're used to,
> flawed or not, than with new stuff, better or not, which isn't
> interesting.

I think that economic factors play much; there were projects targetting
home users with advertizing and buying platforms, to turn the web, and
eventually, devices into stores, so there exist market-driven
incentives to develop idiot-proof systems for "everyone out there".
Of course it's not the same needs that expert users in a particular
field may have (the markets for those being much more specialized)...

> Computers are not user-hostile enough any more!

Sometimes I also think that, LOL.  A little drastic for my tastes, but
I've read once or twice about the idea of requireing a mandatory course
to allow access to a computer :)

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