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Re: What's an even easier explanation how to setup gnus ...


From: Richard Riley
Subject: Re: What's an even easier explanation how to setup gnus ...
Date: Tue, 03 Sep 2013 14:38:20 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/24.3.50 (gnu/linux)

Rustom Mody <address@hidden> writes:

> On Tuesday, September 3, 2013 8:14:47 AM UTC+5:30, W. Greenhouse wrote:
>> But modern GUIs do require study and experience to develop facility with
>> them.  They just don't come with documentation, meaning that the study
>> is by rote only.
>
> Dunno what rote means then...
> Millions of kids today are buying phones -- thier firsts -- which are
> full-featured (ie Turing-complete) computers and using them without anything
> remotely like a manual.
>
> When I started teaching programming in the late-80s we used turbo-C and 
> PC-scheme.
> The manuals were outstanding. And nobody dreamed of being able to use such 
> stuff without non-trivial amount of study.
>
> The situation is reversed today -- the modern kid expects everything to run
> without study.  This need not be a good thing -- the 'intuitive' interface may
> in fact be the stupid interface; does not change the fact that its the 
> universal
> expectation.
>

And for a good reason. The majority of people want to *use* SW not learn how it 
works or
figure out its internals. Of course most of us here are emacs users so
we're not normal - but I'm always a little surprised when a dinosaur
then thinks everyone should be that way as if its somehow "better" - its
not. Most people *use* the SW to be productive in something else.

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Sent using Emacs/Gnus from home ...




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