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As I write this I am sitting here between a Windows 7 Professional x64 laptop and a Windows Developer Preview, aka Windows 8, x64 laptop.
There are literally hundreds of various tech blogs out there right now concerning the new Windows 8 with its radically different Metro User Interface and why it is either amazing or wonderful or why it sucks and people hate it. As such I am not going to go over that here.
I will briefly state that I do kind of like it. It’s amazingly fast. It boots in fewer than 30 seconds which was previously unheard of for a Microsoft operating system. It’s pretty slick and radically different than every version of Windows that has come before it. It’s simple, straight-forward, intuitive, and ‘just works.’ (Aside from expected bugs since it’s not even Beta yet.)
“It’s simple, straight-forward, intuitive, and ‘just works’. ”
That statement is the reason for my blog rant here. Now before I continue I want something understood. I consider myself a self-proclaimed ‘Power User’, a total Microsoft fan, and a supporter of technological improvements.
I consider myself a Power User because I thrive in a tweaking, adjusting, customizing, troubleshooting my PC software and hardware type environment.
I pride myself on having to work for the performance I get from a PC. I figure if my computer runs well it’s because I’ve earned it by “making it mine” and bending it to my will.
I work for a circuit board manufacturer so I am intimately familiar with the advancement of technology and I support it completely.
Now back to that statement. “It’s simple, straight-forward, intuitive, and ‘just works’.”
I’ve seen a trend slowly happening in the industry since back in the Windows 98SE to early XP days that is steadily increasing, as shown by this new Windows 8 Metro UI, and it actually saddens me a bit.
The ‘Joe on the Street’ average consumer is not a Power User. They want a device that is easy to use, simple, and works right out of the box. They do not want to have to work for their performance. They do not want to have to think about their devices. They want it to “just work”.
This is shown by the huge success that Apple had achieved in the industry because their devices “just work.”
This success has rightly driven every other company to follow in this logic and start designing systems that are simpler and just work.
This is the trend I spoke of earlier. Industry popular demand has driven a need for companies to start making everything simpler. The devices are lazier. They’re awesome, yes, but they require no thought at all to operate.
The demand of consumers is so high that not only are devices becoming simpler to operate and not require any sort of customizing but manufacturers are even removing the ability to customize their devices even if you wanted to.
Phones have to be jail-broken or rooted in order to customize them. Software doesn’t even have Advanced features anymore. Operating Systems are being designed so that everything a user could possibly want is right at their fingertips.
I am a Power User and I am dying. As an ideal, at least, not literally.
I am being phased out and replaced by “simple, straight-forward, intuitive, and just works”.
Advanced skills necessary to customize technology are being replaced by the demand of the average consumer to be able to just take a device out of the box and use it.
This saddens me.
This, IN MY OPINION (so keep your flaming comments to yourself because I’m still allowed my own opinion) is a sign of Reverse Evolution.
Regardless of whether or not you believe in Evolution, abandon your beliefs and think as if Evolution is true and consider this example:
It is millions of years ago. I’m some little amphibian creature. I see dry land up above the water I’m in and think it might be cool to go check it out.
But, eh, right now I exist without having to do anything. I live a simple, straight-forward, and intuitive life. Life is easy and it “just works”.
…………….. Guess what …………………
You, the reader, no longer exist.
You have been replaced by “simple, straight-forward, intuitive, and just works”.
You are the victim of a society that wants everything spoon fed to them. That doesn’t want to have to think or work for their performance.
You’re ‘dead’, metaphorically speaking.
Mark this day of your reading this post. In 10-15 years from now, remember it.
In 10-15 years from now, hell maybe even less, mankind will have automated systems that do nearly everything for them.
Your children or your children’s children won’t even know what the term ‘rooting’ means.
They most likely won’t even know how to read, write, or do basic math because technology will have provided them automated tools that do all that for them.
Now you tell me. Do you seriously consider that “progress”?