"When faced with a problem you do not understand,
do any part of it you do understand; then look at it again."
~(Robert A. Heinlein - "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress")

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

"The more things change ...

... the more screwed up they become."

Ok! That ain't the French way of putting it; it's my way. But I'll bet they sympathize.

On the old "Siskel & Ebert" movie review show, while reviewing Rob Reiner's "North", Roger Ebert noted that when writing his review for his column in the paper, some inner demon took over and he wrote, "I hate, Hate, HATE this movie!", using the word "hate" 17 times in the review.

At the moment, that pretty well describes my reaction to Blogger.com's new user interface, especially when editing and creating posts.  I can't help but wonder if this is the reason I haven't seen anything new in almost a week from a fellow Blogger.com user, who may have decided that "Life's just too damned short!".

As a former programmer ("Software Engineer") I can attest that sometimes the great and pressing need for a change in software is relief from boredom. We really do sometimes make a change because it's cool, without much regard for the poor user who's just trying to get something done.

It's not really unusable; it's just that nothing seems to be in the right place, and you're spending an inordinate amount of time doing things that had become second nature in the old interface.

I've yet to see any genuine improvement or advantage over what it's replaced, and my cynical feeling that it was done on a "Wouldn't it be cool?" basis is probably correct.

I won't abandon Blogger.com over this, and will probably get accustomed to their new way of doing things, by which time one of their programmers will almost certainly propose, "You know what would really be cool?"

(Having told the great secret about programmers, you know I have to kill you. Right? :-)

1 comment:

Foxfier said...

Windows live blogger. It may save your sanity.

Yes, it's ugly, but you can find stuff.

Also, shift-enter is your friend.


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