Wired HC Article (Rod McCall)
Björnke von Gierke
bvg at mac.com
Sat Aug 17 20:06:01 CDT 2002
I always was annoyed by almost every program I used. I always knew they
lacked any sense, and especially usability. Starting to use Windows made
me depressive, and every Unix application I ever saw made me sick. I
believe in usability. I still believe that computers SHOULD help people.
I know that programs can be done better.
Im a HyperCard victim.
Recently I've learned some things about shell and c++. I now know the
enemy. Its called knowledge. the usual Evil believes that, to use a
application properly, you have to KNOW how to use it, you have to know
its commands, you have to know its quirks and you have to know its
I however believe in wisdom. An application has to have the wisdom to
lead my way to the goals I decided on, it has to be wise enough to tell
me where it falls short, and it has to get out of my way when I finally
know the commands, quirks and limitations. Programs are unfortunately
made by programmers, and they are seldom wise but most often rather
I think, as a cross platform application, RunRev has omitted from many
directions. Some are advantageous, for example its HyperCard roots.
Others are desastrous especially its way of thinking about the users as
The most needed Features in Revolution for me would thus be:
- an useful errormessage handling/generator (would make debugger
- better automation of the scripter
- simpler menu generator/assistant (would decrease list traffic)
- improved UI (would increase revenue)
- General uncluttering and simplifying
- bug fixes (would decrease bad press)
- better documentation (sad fact: its one of the best, ever!)
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