I know, I’m writing this on a computer. I understand that.
It’s not computing I hate. It’s computers. They’re unreliable, maddening, and will let you down at exactly the wrong moment. The software burps, the hardware gurgles, the connections frizzle…..
No matter if it’s Linux, Windows or Mac…. make all the claims you will but I’ve used them all and all equally frustrate me.
I like computing. I like blogging and email and surfing and reading and all of the wonderful ways of communicating and sharing that they bring about.
I just wish I did not have to do it on a computer.
My microwave (forget that it has a computer inside…. I’m really talking about function here…) is about 20 years old. It was the cheapest one I could find at Sears when I went out into the world on my own. Without it I could not heat up my coffee water or or my socks. (That’ll be another blog entry…)
We still use it. The light is dim, the display is a little hard to read. Yet sill I can punch on the buttons (though worn away) and it functions exactly as expected, every time.
Now I know people will say “Yes but a computer is a great deal more complicated than that.” You know what?
I don’t care. I don’t.
Because at one time microwaves were complicated pieces of machinery, and now it’s an appliance. That is what I want in a computer. An appliance. I’m willing to accept appliance like simplicity if it’ll just work every time and not frustrate me. That way I can come home from work, pick up my appliance shaped like a laptop, flop down in my recliner, pop it open, and not wonder “Now why is the touchpad not working….?”
Fine, keep a class of computers for those folks who love to tinker…. great, fine and good for all. I used to do that. Now, I just want my web, to get to my Google, to get on with communicating.
I don’t want to even think about my computer. I just want it to be that box with a screen and maybe a few blinky lights.
And bonus Ninja points if it’ll heat my coffee. (And my socks. But that’s another story.)