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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • What they describe is not necessarily intuitive

    Not to you, but how else do you think people would come up with these ideas? To send a fax, you write your letter on a piece of paper and stick it into a fax machine. To send a letter, you write your letter on a piece of paper, put it in an envelope, and stick it into a mailbox. Why should a computer be any different?

    That is why I think "intuitive" is an absolutely terrible word to use to describe computers.

    • To send a fax, you write your letter on a piece of paper and stick it into a fax machine. To send a letter, you write your letter on a piece of paper, put it in an envelope, and stick it into a mailbox. Why should a computer be any different?

      Um... keyboard?

      • My typewriter doesn't send e-mail.

        • Have you heard of people writing their letters and then inserting them into the typewriter?

          I haven't. ( but I haven't been around that many typewriter users either... ) Why? Well... to an extent, form follows function.

          You had asked "Why should a computer be any different?" and I was trying to offer up the keyboard as the reason.

          With a typewriter most people know the keyboard is for input (and, I don't believe that they know this because of intuition. It is learned.)... and I would bet that the person that tried stuffing the paper into the computer actually used the keyboard on the computer to generate the email... probably printed the darn thing out... all using the computer.

          It was the "sending an email" that he had the problem with.

          Now, your question was why the computer should be different... because it *is* different.

          The fax doesn't have a keyboard, the computer does. This should be the first clue that it is used in a different manner than the fax machine.

          And... in no way am I trying to say that how to use it is intuitive. I actually agree with everything you said... except the very last part.

          I do believe that the computer is different enough in apperance that one should not be suprised that you would use it differently. (than a fax machine)