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  • ...computers are just horribly complex things. Nothing about them is really simple. Complete novices don't have any basis to apply to them -- they're not really like cars, or light bulbs, or typewriters. They're a whole new class of thing.

    It's rare that an invention truly has no basis anywhere for rational comprehension, but this sort of thing has happened before. Cars strike me as a vibrant example -- there's nothing simple about any car. Steering, windshield wipers, combustion engines, etc., all terribly complex things. We're just used to them. Before that, though -- nobody was used to them. There was a time when it was impossible to be skilled at driving a car, just because they were that new.

    Whereas there was never a time when it was impossible to be skilled at driving, say, an SUV specifically, because by the time they came out, society as a whole was used to cars. Interfaces being the way they are right now, there's The Most Popular and Everything Else, and people who only understand The Most Popular have no idea how to comprehend Everything Else. Much like someone who's listened to nothing but pop music their whole life cannot comprehend Mozart or Rammstein, a person who's never done anything with a computer except use Word has no foundation upon which to build the concept that other operating systems are vast, alien landscapes.


    You are what you think.