The “About” page for Shell Extensions doesn't have a “Here's how you can create your own extension” link... 😞


All people (yes “users”) should be told that they can control their computer, that they can hack on things. Acting like it's only possible for some elite priesthood is harmful...

blah blah security blah blah not everyone's a programmer

yes I know, but I believe lots of people can (with great effort) do a really simple silly programming thing, and they should 𝗯𝗲 𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼!

@ebel On the "not everyone's a programmer" thing -- technically correct, but to my endless frustration, somehow this is always used to conclude "therefore we should keep them out" and not, y'know, "therefore we should make things more accessible to them"

@joepie91 @ebel People *not* doing that is what made me into a programmer.

@joepie91 @ebel THANK YOU for saying this. It's so easy to slip into the mindset that programming belongs to some elite club of intellectuals, when in reality we should be building *general purpose languages* in ways that the *general public* can use them. Of course, *domain* is a valid concern; what areas of the layperson's life can be made easier with a little bit of programming knowledge?

@ebel Speaking of extensions, I'd say the same about browser extensions. A simple extension requires pretty much just basic HTML/CSS/JavaScript, but it feels really nice to be able to make the browser do stuff for you. Like automating some repetitive task. :blobfoxhappy:

@ebel "people shouldn't try to replace lightbulbs or even mess with disjunctors. Not everyone is an electrician."

@ebel refering to users as people was your first mistake
This also applies to users having access to powerful hardware they can run at home. The way we are trending back toward things being server based is concerning with stuff like streaming gaming


@ebel but how will we keep our jobs if we empower people to do stuff they're paying for??

@ebel. If i were king, app updates would not be allowed to change the UI without lengthy, detailed HOWTO information for my mom so she doesn't have call me, asking me to do phone support for a device I don't use for an app I don't use, just because the vendor decided to redesign the UI.

@killick @ebel I used to think enterprise software was clunky and poorly designed. Then I spent ten years teaching people how to use enterprise software, and developed a rich appreciation for software that doesn't change the way it looks over the years -- and when it does, it does so in bold strokes and not too often.

@jesse @ebel , My bro praises autocad because the keyboard shortcuts he has relied on for 30 years have stayed the same even as the locations of the commands have drifted around the menus.

@ebel “Silicon Valley is merely filled with the Priests of Syrinx.”

@ebel This is so topical because I was just thinking about a children's show where someone like Fred Rogers goes around to different people in the neighborhood and helps them automate parts of their lives/businesses/hobbies with some simple general scripting language. What a fun way for kids to learn that computers can do work for us so that we have more time to do things we like to do.

@ebel This is what I've actually *hated* about the Cloud / Webapp mentalities. I remember what it was like when people were first able to have computers on their desks. We're going backwards now.

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