I don’t think I would’ve gotten into tech, if I were starting out today.
Too much is being taken away, removed to make it idiot-proof.
When I started, I could say, “I wonder if I can….?” And then try it. No DRM, no missing features, nothing taken away.
Today, you can’t really ask that question, because the answer is “no.” No, you can’t try it, can’t get to it, can’t access it.
The example I’m thinking of at the moment is the terrible idea that Google is experimenting with of removing the URL from Chrome. This of course truly has nothing at all to do with security and helping the user, but instead is all about attempting to go back to the old AOL keywords concept; in other words, another way for them to seize more control of the internet if they can.
Anyway, even if you believe Google’s excuses for this “feature,” there is no way to idiot-proof a computer, not a computer with any power, anyway. This commenter says it nicely.
Unless it’s in red, has a klaxon attached to it and flashes enough to give you a seizure either the majority or a very large minority of your users will ignore it.
I’ve worked with regular users for over 15 years now. This is true. Most do not understand anything of what they are looking at when they use a machine, nor do they even understand why they should understand something.
Attempting to take away all features that a power user relies on will not help the regular user. It will only hurt the power user.
I’d say general purpose computers are too complex for about 85% of people, and always will be. Let’s just leave it that way.
Those who don’t need a real computer can use a tablet. Much easier than crippling every piece of useful software in the world.