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Re: [SLUG] Linux on the desktop predictions
- To: Jeff Waugh <jdub@xxxxxxxxxxx>, slug@xxxxxxxxxxx
- Subject: Re: [SLUG] Linux on the desktop predictions
- From: Conrad Parker <conradp@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon Jul 17 15:55:49 2000
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On Mon, Jul 17, 2000 at 03:11:40PM +1000, Jeff Waugh wrote:
> There are a number of good arguments as to why the web will - or even should
> - cease to exist.
yeah, yeah -- and MSN are most of them
> Command Line Interfaces will just look sillier and sillier as alternate
> forms of input appear. Where's the lowest point of bandwidth in
> human-computer interaction? It's the input - from the human into the
"there are two types of command interfaces in the world
of computing: good interfaces and user interfaces."
-- Dan Bernstein, "The qmail security guarantee",
There will _always_ be a place for unambiguous input. If I want
my personal fission silo to shut down at 7pm sharp, I don't want it
to work out for itself what day I meant, I don't want it to decide
to turn itself back on tomorrow morning, I don't want it to
deconstruct my grammar to work out my motives, and I don't want it
to analyse my mood and consider if I /really meant it/. And I
really, really, don't want to have to go through five minutes of
idle chit chat about television, happenings in the fission world,
or its falling out with the solar heater, before I feel comfortable
asking it, politely, to schedule a shutdown.
> Remember what CLI stands for - Command Line Interface. Talking to your
> computer is not a command line interface. Introducing your computer to your
> great aunt is not a command line interface.
no, but at least she stops asking why you're still single ;)