GUIs

Okay, I'll admit it. I use them, those wonderful Graphical User Interfaces. Yeah, they're nice. They make it easy to find things, and you don't have to memorize a bunch of commands to get around them.

But what is it with this need for trash cans? Why do software companies insist that when you hit delete, you really just wanted it to go in a trash can, so you just have to delete it again later? Macintosh started it, with their Trash Can. Then Win95 decided to pick up on it, only slightly more environmentalist, with the Recycle Bin. And almost ever GUI application has a confirm message pop up that says "Are you sure you want to get rid of this? No, really, are you sure?" Of course I'm sure! If I wasn't sure, I wouldn't have hit the delete key, get it?

OS/2 has got this one down. No Trash Can, no Recycle Bin. OS/2 has a shredder. Once it's gone, it's gone. Unfortunately, OS/2 isn't my OS of choice. It's a good Operating System, mind you, but I prefer a character prompt. When I'm using a GUI usually it has to do with making graphics (or being stuck at work, in which case my OS of choice has absolutely no relevance; I'm using Win95 and that's all there is to it), and the programs I like to use require the use of either a Microsoft system or a Macintosh. Not wanting to purchase a whole other computer just for graphics, I settle for Win95 for my graphic design.

So why do I prefer a character prompt (and then, even in DOS, if you type "erase *.*" it still asks me if I'm sure)? Well, because I hate taking the time to pick up the @#&%(#! mouse. I'd rather do everything with the keyboard; it's faster. So I use linux as much as possible. Hey, it's free, it's powerful, it was designed for the internet. There's even a halfway decent graphics program for it. And if I want the GUI, there's xwindows. How can I go wrong? Well, the graphics card I have doesn't have drivers for it yet which makes it difficult to go into xwindows...