Saturday, November 14, 2009

Overloaded by Interfaces

This is getting out of hand. I can't mentally process all the different interfaces in my life: a mac, a pc, a droid/moto phone, a blackberry, the honda accord. It's too much.

One computer lets you touch a touch pad to scroll, another uses a trackball.
One phone has a touch screen, the other doesn't.
One phone has a trackball, another has goofy up/down buttons.
In the car, I'm so overwhelmed by lights, ignition, windows, volume and shifting that I wonder if I'll ever simply forget to turn the car off.
There are different ways to access voice mail, different passwords for messaging, different speaker phone buttons.

This is becoming tiresome.

1 comment:

Capt. BS said...

The problem is that the number of new interfaces is greatly outpacing their tendency to converge around a standard. It really makes you wonder how long it took people to invent something like the push-button. According to WIkipedia, it wasn't until the 20th century that push-buttons supplanted various systems involving "latches and triggers"... so perhaps these types of questions aren't resolved quickly at all.