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Part VI: Software Usability > Complexity and Creeping Featurism

Chapter 35. Complexity and Creeping Featurism

I hate moving. I hate upgrading software. I hate the transition to a new machine. In principle, migrating to the next platform or version is simple and efficient; in practice, it throws my normally somewhat disheveled everyday existence into extended and unfathomable chaos. Most of all, however, I hate learning a new word processor.

As a purveyor of ideas, the two pieces of software closest to me are my graphics package and my word processor. These tools are my constant companions. I want them to be nice to me and to get along with each other. They define the limits of what I can do in expressing myself in words and pictures, and they put ceilings on my productivity. They enable me to leap tall in-boxes in a single bound, or they trip me up on trivial tasks. As with underwear or deodorant, my preferences for certain of these tools over others is deeply personal, fierce, and irrational.


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