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O'Reilly Network: Why Use a Command Line Instead of Windows?

Nov 16, 2001, 14:52 (28 Talkback[s])
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"Years ago, I took a class on computer user-interface design. Some of my professor's words have stayed with me since then. One characteristic of a user-friendly system, he told us, is that it does what the user wants. In other words, the most user-friendly system isn't necessarily the simplest one.

If you'd never seen a BMW (or a pick-your-favorite-car), you might think that a horse is the best way to get where you're going: it's easy to use, simple to maintain, and you might see some nice scenery as you (slowly) reach your destination. So why would you want a sophisticated automobile?"

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