Found this entry via @umairh: What iPads Did To My Family.
I don’t think I’ll be buying any more desktops going forward. I don’t think I’ll even be buying any more laptops going forward.
They’ve all been largely obsoleted (at least at my home) by a sleek $499 device that doesn’t really have any right to be called a “computer” in the traditional sense.
We make fun of old people for not knowing how to use computers, but computers are ridiculously unintuitive. There are so many options that nobody needs. I mean, what the hell are all those icons next to the date and time? It intrigues me to see a device that works like a computer, but isn’t a computer at all.
I’ve been obsessed with taking away options. The ticket system I made for work was based off an open-source program. When you submit a ticket, I took away almost all of the options. There are flexible rights for a bajillion things, and I took away everything I could for the end user. While I have like 8 menus, they only have 2, and I want to take away one of them in the next iteration. Less, less, less.
Even with the Chalkboard Manifesto, I want to take away things. I have a navigation menu with “home, faq, archive, links, rss”. I already took away “contact”. I don’t need most of these things. No one ever visits these pages (aside from the archive). I’m not even going to put my e-mail address up. If someone wants to contact me, they can do it via twitter or facebook.