Have computers just got too complicated?!
Think things just work now a lot more often than they use to (e.g. back in the day of peripheral cards, serial ports, setting IRQs, etc.) Though at least back in those days you could generally get some diagnostic capabilities when things didn’t work and then more configurability to be able to fix it, now you often get nothing.Posted 4 years agob rMember
What would you prefer, only able to buy 100% verified hardware/software – ie locked in?
And not sure how old you are, but compared to when we were struggling to get the memory for apps and having to move ‘tasks’ into higher RAM and never been able to be sure anything would work first time, plus running apps on/off floppy 5.25 disks – I’m quite happy.Posted 4 years agonickjbSubscriber
Talking to printers, webcams and other computers is way easier than it used to be. Software I use, 3D CAD and CS, is much better, more powerful and more stable.
The only thing I can think of that is worse is due over complication is word processing. Move one bit of text and the whole document reshuffles itself. Oh, and google searches, if I search for a word then that is the word I’m looking for not some other word with similar letters or pages that don’t have that word on them.Posted 4 years agosamuriMember
I’ve said it before. Computers have become victims of their own success. The people making the software and hardware have done a great job of making it all simple enough for normal people to put it together and use, for the most part, quite successfully. The problems this causes longer term is highlighted in threads like this and the PC vs MAC threads where people complain about Blue screens and unstable computers.
Because at the end of the day, most of the people setting their computers up aren’t experts. they muddle along and follow some internet advice and then it works for a bit. If your video recorder broke, you wouldn’t even dream of fixing it yourself, you’d get an expert in. For most people, a car breakdown means getting a mechanic in, likewise your boiler, cooker and hoover.
If your computer breaks though you can just fix it yourself. And then it’ll work for a bit and then bluescreen because you’re not an expert and you make mistakes.
Fix your own boiler, see how long it just works for. Or get someone in who knows what they’re doing and it’ll just work.
(This isn’t an attack on the OP, just a general observation about computer complaints)Posted 4 years ago5thElefantMember
As long as you’re not constantly installing dodgy software it all works amazingly well.
Software development is another matter though. It all used to be very straightforward. A one man band could do it. Now it’s multi-technology, multi-skill and horrendously complex.Posted 4 years agojamesoSubscriber
People I know laugh at my levels of technology-avoidance, but I remember when I could program a PC as easily as I could fix my bike. But I’m now a much better bike mechanic and PCs are more complex. I stuck with one out of choice, the other is a necessity of life best kept to a minimum.
Editing films of my riding is not just time that could be spent riding, it’d be a pretty dull result too )Posted 4 years ago
I can’t think of a single period of time in the last 24 months where all the plugins, all the software and all the hardware I use to edit video have worked properly. There’s always some kind of glitch, error, **** around or work around necessary. The advent of web downloads of apps I think has been critical to all this. I never own any cd/dvd’s anymore with my software on them.
Maybe i’m looking at things with rose tinted goggles.
Decided this morning to sack the day off work, format and reinstall whole system from the bottom up…but oh…already hit first barrier…Apple app store doesn’t fancy working today.Posted 4 years ago
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