Our new Indie Games subforum is now open for business in G&T. Go and check it out, you might land a code for a free game. If you're developing an indie game and want to post about it, follow these directions. If you don't, he'll break your legs! Hahaha! Seriously though.
Our rules have been updated and given their own forum. Go and look at them! They are nice, and there may be new ones that you didn't know about! Hooray for rules! Hooray for The System! Hooray for Conforming!
Over in the Linux thread I made a post regarding Ubuntu's Unity, where I suggested that a problem with the way it was implemented was that it was forced on the user. My more general proposed solution was that something needed to be adopted where user's were given a choice - in this case a 3-way between "Windows-ish" "Mac OS-ish" and "Ubuntu".
People did not like this - the counter-point was that giving the user too much customizability at the outset was a bad choice. Which to an extent, is a good point (though I would suggest invalid for other reasons but I digress).
But the notion got me thinking about the current modern trend in UIs - namely, what I see as a slightly odd movement away from customizability. And I don't like it.
To my mind, the endpoint (or at least, stable equilibrium) of the development of the computing age for me is the notion that at some point people's computing environment will be essentially an important part of their identity - rather then something replaced device-to-device. People organize their house in a way they can deal with, they don't tend to buy it pre-furnished and when they do it doesn't stay that way.
To my mind then, it seems like the trend of forcing new UIs on people - at least on the PC platform - is counter-productive. The idea of "everything is done this way" is almost exactly the opposite of what we want, and instead what we should have is a default we can start from which is customized to the way the user wants, and - importantly - is preserved across updates and system upgrades.
So what does D&D think? Is my vision of the future impossible, desirable, or absurd? In need of more detail?
Cancer is when cells stop letting the body mooch off their hard work - clearly a community of like-minded cells should isolate themselves and do the best job each can do, even if the rest of the body collapses!