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On Thursday 14 November 2002 16:00, Anthony B. Coates wrote:
> ** Reply to message from Sean McGrath <firstname.lastname@example.org> on Thu,
> 14 Nov 2002 11:59:36 +0000
> > McGrath's Conspiracy theory of technology complexity:
> > "Any software technology that positively, absolutely needs a GUI
> > is probably more complicated than is strictly necessary."
> > :-)
> Yeah, yeah. Are you still running DOS then? Do you always boot Linux up
> to a command prompt and eschew the use of X, Gnome, or KDE? Or is there a
> light touch of hypocracy here?? :-) The world has voted with its feet
> (with its mice?) for GUIs.
That's not the point. Sean's comment was that technology should not *need* a
GUI, not that he wants to always use a CLI for everything. It's more a
statement that he wants to be *able* to do whatever he likes with a CLI,
should the need arise.
For example, if he were blind. As many computer users are, and many more
probably would be if software weren't so wedded to the concept of a two
dimensional pixel array.
I would add a clause to exclude things that have a genuinely graphical
problem domain such as image editing, but otherwise, I generally agree as a
rough rule of thumb.
A city is like a large, complex, rabbit