Posts Tagged ‘perfectibility’

A Thought on the Poor State of Software Technology

November 1, 2007

I just realized that computer operating systems haven’t gotten to the point, where I can type in, “Run the program that reads PDF files,” and the computer runs the version of Adobe Acrobat/Reader that is installed on it.

In the next stage of evolution, even if no such reader is installed, the computer will automatically say something like, “You need to install a program called Adobe Acrobat/Reader,” and then tell me how to do it.

When this happens, I will consider operating systems to have reached version 1.0, from the point of view of usability.

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