The devolution of computing
I have been reflecting a lot lately about the state of computing today. The state of both the development and the users, along with what drives the majority of people from both groups. For myself, and anyone who prefers to compute from the drivers seat, the state of things is bad on almost all fronts; at least in terms of mainstream computing.
Computing at a high level in the 70's, 80's, and even the early 90's was much better, because any other users around you were at a high level also. Almost everyone had real capability to compute far beyond pointing and clicking. Before the GUI existed you literally had to know command lines, and have a catalog of them in your head at your disposal whenever needed. There were no guides on websites to copy/paste commands from, which is the peak of text computing skills these days for the pointy clicky imprisoned types. Even with how far the GUI has come, there are still many capabilities that even the most robust OS's UI would lack. I have mentioned before that only about 60-70% of the full OS X capability is found in its GUI. Everything else is accessed from the command line. It is based on BSD after all. Text/terminal use is the actual human language of computing, not pointy clicky. A GUI can only do what it gives you options to click on. A GUI is essentially just an OS hand holder. All you need is basic hand-eye coordination, and all it's doing is typing the commands for you while you click away.
The user friendly obsession of MS and Apple software over the last couple decades has truly dumbed down the average user a great deal. The sad truth is that most people only have the capability to point a mouse, and type in whatever language(s) they're literate in. The even sadder truth is that some actually mistake this for having computer skills. Some even go as far as to think such skills qualify them to "help" someone else by sharing their "experience". Experience based on nothing. When you can only compute at the level of a person that many would consider computer illiterate, then you have no experience to give.
I'm sorry, but moving a pointing device around, and being literate in your language, is no type of computer "skill". People who compute at that level need to keep their devolved computing culture to themselves, and focus on learning new ability, rather than trying to spread devolution.
The devolved ones are on some insane mission to spread their 'newer/faster hardware is always better' illogic, and follow Apple or MS blindly. No one needs help to do such things, because all it requires is no thought. Anyone can do that. Give people true technical insight, not what they can get from a wikipedia or google visit. If that is where you're getting your "experience" from, then you've turned yourself into a fake, and a redundant fake at that. Pretty shameful. I assume the goal was never to be a double negative, but that is the end result for some of you.
The people who spread such things know who they are and they need to stop. Your blind follower no skill thinking is a cancer to anything that resembles good information. Stop it please.
I am sorry if some of this sounds mean, but every word I have written here is nothing but true. The truth shall set you free, as the saying goes, is as apt with computing as it is with anything else.
Anyone who feels the desire to help others, needs to first do it with something they can help with. Something you have legitimate experience, knowledge and insight with. Not something you wish to, but don't yet have, those qualities with.
Don't pretend or devolve. Learn.
Stop letting billionaires control how you compute, and keeping most of you in a limited and fearful of evolving type of state. The very reason most of you don't want to evolve your computing skills is that you've been conditioned to think that computing and real brain work don't go together. Essentially a mainstream/self-induced computer user lobotomy. That is the true end result of decades of user friendly obsession by the mainstream.
Published on Friday, May 31, 2013