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Computer Software: BOOOORING!
Saturday, 22 May 2010 09:27

So I was poking around the net tonight looking for a few new programs to try some things, and came to a realization that I've prob come to a crapload of times now: modern software SUCKS. It's BORING. Think about it. Here's a short bullet list that pretty much sums up all modern software:

  • You're lucky if you find something that does EXACTLY what you want it to do. Why? It has to appeal to the masses, and anything that appeals to the masses is not going to cater to a niche. Period. Sorry.
  • BUGS: You're lucky if it works, and through no fault of your own. Most if not just about all software is usually released weeks/months before the developer is really done with it. The consumer is now the beta tester...pretty convenient, huh? The funny thing is, I deal with stressed out people on the daily basis who most often feel they did something wrong to cause a problem. They didn't, and unfortunately, there's nothing I could do to improve a situation in most cases. It is what it is.
  • The Windows Interface: Don't get me wrong - I ain't switching to a mac anytime soon, but I'll give Apple credit - its NICE. Its actually almost pleasing to look at (if you like the color white). This is my biggest pet peeve though, all software, literally, looks like Outlook. Its all formatted the same - the same icon bar on the left side, with eh, 70% of the screen for data and actual useage. What happened to all the graphical apps of the 90s, the virtual reality web sites, the rendered worlds we downloaded as screensavers...am I limited to getting a WoW subscription to see what came of it? In movies we still see apps that graphical, use more colors than blue, gray, and white, are bad ass, yet, where are they in real life? Cmon it can't be that hard! Imagine how boring lawnmower man would have been if half the movie was "File...Edit...View...Tools...Help.."
  • Database Driven - If I have to install another copy of MSDE on a workstation at work...I'm going to hurl. Please...why does the dumbest of utilities really require a dedicated SQL server to function? Soon the server room may be the only workstations left. (What's even funnier is some things that really, REALLY should have a sql database, don't!)
  • Installers=EPIC FAIL. You install any productivity apps lately? How many patches, addons, programming languages, and other crap did you have to install, reinstall, remove, or patch to get an app to work? Someone I know recently bought a second copy of the software because he thought the CD was bad. Unfortunately, it was an app he really needed, and had the worst time getting it working. If the software takes more than 2 minutes to install - fail. Period.

Dear software developers - you know who you are. Break the friggin mold already. Do something DIFFERENT. Hows about an OpenGL interface? Shit ANY kind of graphical interface, Flash (eh), OpenGL, Java, break out a box of crayons already. Something that can scale without needing "cleartype" (which is really far from it!). How about a black background? Maybe even light text on a..dark...background? Godforbid we do that, my retinas might last until next week. Yeah yeah yeah black type on white works for books...last time I checked books didn't need electricity and balance my checkbook.

I just want to see something different, something new, something to say "wow I can't believe they made that, and it works". I know this is asking for the miracle of all miracles...but you never know, sometimes it just takes asking...

I should call this the "blah" blog...
Tuesday, 11 May 2010 21:11

The nice thing about having your own web site as your home page, is that even you can get sick of looking at the same thing. :-)

As far as the arcade stuff, my (hopefully) last and final game for now has joined the arcade - Space Invaders. This is a game I wanted for a while, not exactly sure why, but its been extremely fun to play and definitely a keeper. As for the other projects, Ghost N Goblins is now assembled enough where its playable, but the monitor seems twitchy (power connector may be loose) and it really needs a new joystick. Video Pinball is still down for the count, my own attempt at board repair is not going as well as I had hoped but who knows, maybe I'll figure it out soon. I finally figured out why my Ms Pac wasn't taking coins - the "credit multiplier" board was missing, so one of those later and the coin door finally works.

On top of those projects, I moved out the Playchoice cab, as well as the new Megatouch XL upright I picked up until I find a touch screen for it, or get sick of it and part it out. We'll see what happens. I also may have found something I've been looking for, for quite some time - a Space Zap bezel!! If it makes it to me in one piece, I just may have to finish that one!

Outside of arcade stuff the GN needs a lot of cosmetic work and hopefully I can get that going this year.

By the way, the arcade section of Junknet is a bit lacking due to a problem with the gallery. Once I get that fixed all the new additions will be posted up.

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