My Rules for Technology

  1. It must work as expected.
  2. It must perform its intended tasks in a logical and efficient manner.
  3. It must simplify the tasks it performs.
  4. Its user interface must be intuitive and user-friendly.
  5. It should efficiently use resources.
  6. It must not be more complex than is necessary and be transparent to the user.
  7. It must be reliable.
  8. In the event it does fail, it should have meaningful error messages. (“This error should never occur” is not meaningful.)
  9. Its use  must not cause additional stress and frustration.
  10. It must not succumb to feature creep. Every feature should have a definite purpose.

We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works.”  – Douglas Adams

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