Date: 2010-02-07 04:17 (UTC)
While he wasn't totally accurate on every point, if you've never read it, look up Neil Stephenson's "In the Beginning there Was The Command Line".

If you have, then in a very real sense, you understand a graphical interface is not designed for you. The skills needed to manipulate the various abstract symbols and concepts that make up computer programming do not particularly overlap with the skills most people have.

The strength of Apple - and the weakness of most open source apps - is they don't let the programmers handle the UI. This inevitably results in a programmer-annoying UI, but one that other people can use and even enjoy using.
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