Tips for installing windows and freeBSD both.. anyone??

Chip Camden sterling at
Sun Nov 7 22:41:15 UTC 2010

Quoth Bruce Cran on Sunday, 07 November 2010:
> On Sun, 7 Nov 2010 13:51:22 -0700
> Chad Perrin <perrin at> wrote:
> > I choose a little up-front learning curve for massive efficiency and
> > productivity enhancements down the road.  The increased efficiency of
> > a minimal, composable toolset driven by the keyboard can be a huge
> > win in long-term productivity for one motivated to learn how to use
> > it, as well as a major savings on system resources (and hardware
> > costs, since upgrades do not need to happen as often, nor be as
> > cutting-edge).
> > 
> > Others choose some inefficiency in the long run to avoid having to
> > learn anything new up front.  The increased discoverability, at least
> > for simple tasks, of a point-and-click interface tends to seem more
> > "intuitive" and familiar to people just coming to a new system for the
> > first time, makes task completion easier to figure out the first time
> > (and the thirtieth, since point-and-click interfaces tend to require
> > figuring out the same tasks over and over again).
> With the command-line you also choose the inefficiency of having to
> read the man page every time you want to do something you're not
> familiar with. Well-designed UIs allow you to easily discover how to do
> it without resorting to the Help file - and since people tend to have
> good visual memories they can remember it better than a string of
> characters. A good example of this is Subversion tagging/branching: in
> Windows I can use the menu option "TortoiseSVN -> branch/tag..." to
> create a branch and have it done in a minute. Using the command-line
> I'd have to spend time reading up on the commandline parameters to
> achieve the same thing, since it's something I only do about once a
> year or so.
> -- 
> Bruce Cran

Up to a point, yes.  But as options become more complex, either the GUI
must also become more complex or you reach the tipping point where the
complexity warrants the use of language instead of gestures.

Sterling (Chip) Camden    | sterling at | 2048D/3A978E4F |        |
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