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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • by hfb (74) on 2008.12.31 11:16 (#66680) Homepage Journal
    You can't protect the stupid and/or the impatient from themselves. :) For everyone else, there are snapshots and backups. :) Natch.
    • It's important to realize that the user is not stupid, the interface (and by extension, the designer) is. "The user is an idiot" is all too often a way to avoid looking a bad design in the face. This is the overarching theme of The Design Of Everyday Things [amazon.com]. It's like a self-help book for battered users. It's not your fault the computer beats you.

      But users are impatient, and rightfully so. Computers are there to make the user's life easier, not vice-versa. They have better things to do. If anyone kee

      • This can be solved with better tools [ext3cow.com]. I haven't used that particular one, but I've seen other variations on the concept. If you delete your important file, restore it.

        And, of course, do not under-estimate the value of using a revision control system for system administration...

      • Actually, in most well run userland systems, snapshots and restores are available for the users to do for themselves. I've always aliased rm and a few other commands as it's inevitable that I'm going to fuck up at some point. The downside of command-line power is having the power to do just what you describe. Every Yin has it's Yang.

        And if computers were here to make our lives easier and to give us so much free time then why does it seem like we give them more of our time with each passing year and where

        • And if computers were here to make our lives easier and to give us so much free time then why does it seem like we give them more of our time with each passing year

          BECAUSE THE INTERFACES SUCK! DOET has a chapter on computers that was written, IIRC, in the 80s laying out all the interface design mistakes they're making and why they're so hard to use. Reading it in 2008 is painful because we're still making those same mistakes.

          And where is our star trek future?

          iPhone. It's the closest thing to the ST:TNG PADD [memory-alpha.org] yet. I just noticed Donald Norman has a new book, The Invisible Computer [librarything.com] which probably addresses exactly that.