Setting up a second monitor
antony at wayforth.co.uk
Fri Apr 21 11:39:00 UTC 2006
Jean Hollis Weber wrote:
> Antony Gelberg wrote:
>> Jean Hollis Weber wrote:
>>> ... the vast majority of new users do not want to "understand" a
>>> config file or anything else; they just want to know what to do to
>>> get the job done.
>> These users might want to ponder that there may well be a relationship
>> between understanding and getting the job done. Of course there is a
>> balance to be drawn, but one has to understand something about
>> anything to make use of it.
> Certainly there are times when one cannot make use of something (or not
> very good use) without understanding a bit more than simply what to do.
> However, that very often does not apply.
> My favourite example is the microwave oven. I don't need to know
> anything whatsoever about how it works to make use of it. All I need to
> know is which buttons to push, in which sequence. So in that sense I
> need to know "something", but what I need to know has nothing to do with
> what makes it work. Same for my mobile (cell) phone, and every other
> household appliance I have. Heck, even my automobile is in that
> category. I need to know how to drive, but I don't need to know how an
> internal combustion engine works.
I understand that, but the analogy is somewhat fluid. It's all about
where one draws arbitrarylines. For example, I could compare knowing
how the ICE works to understanding the kernel internals, and learning
and editing an application config file to using an in-car GPS unit.
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