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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Software Penalties

I use various software packages at work, but generally they're the standard Microsoft Office products, which they change at will. You figure something out, get used to it, they change the operating system, update their product and you have to learn the bells and whistles once again.

So, with the amount of time I have to spend learning the new package, I think software company executives should be responsible by wearing a shock collar that's connected to the internet. When I get frustrated, they get a jolt. When they change the entire format, menus and make it exasperating to use the software, I get up to 30 seconds on the button - just to get their attention.

Now, you might be thinking this might not work out, but I can guarantee the executives would be more receptive to their customers and not so inclined follow the advice of people that only think in bells and whistles. I know I would enjoy learning new software and I'd bet it wouldn't take as long.


  1. I keep looking for the "Restore Classic View" option.
    I lose so much time trying to figure out how to do stuff I used to know.
    Just so MS products can look more like Apple?

  2. Apple may need the frivolous apps to keep selling their product, but most business users don't need the crap; they want something that is relatively easy and functional. They, also, don't need to wade through new menus looking for the things that were easy in the past.

  3. The problem is that they feel like they have to reinvent the wheel every couple of years or so and come out with a whole new package, or OS, rather than just tweak and support the perfectly good one they got. I use MS Office 2003 and have no desire or need for anything more recent until our computers and OS's will no longer support them.

  4. We have the newest version of Office, which is geared so much towards Windoze 7, when it came out, the new menu system for the new operating system wasn't daunting.

    I still use XP, with all the service packs, duct tape, baling wire and some creative go-arounds to link to the file server. I like it. It works and I don't need no stinking new operating system.

  5. Yeah, but you use what work throws at you. Including Lotus Notes.

  6. Sooner or later, they'll come to my office and drag me into the 21st century. Until then, I'll continue to wear animal skins, chant to the moon and manipulate my prehistoric spreadsheets.