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Honestly, He sounds pretty typical for a lot of late 50s early 60 years old programmers I know. Their relationships with machines has been very different, as has their relationship to the world. I find a lot of them, dislike the way the world has changed in regards to computers, and honestly I can see a lot of what they are saying, albeit with less angst and zeal.

I haven't even hit fifty yet (31 months to go!) and I already feel that way. My first 'proper' job when I was ~20 was as junior sysadmin on a large DEC VAXCluster[1] which are mainframe-like, and over the past three decades of working with computers, I too am very sad at how commoditised it has all become. Programming is mainly now just a process of bolting existing libraries together with no real idea of how everything works, hardware is now shrunk down to effectively be like magic, and unless you constantly jump aboard the latest fad, you are considered obsolete. The fun and discover-ability of the whole thing has completely gone. It's a real shame.


[1] http://www.jaruzel.com/blog/dont-screw-up-a-vaxcluster-tale

I barely hit thirty and I already start to feel that way (as evidenced by frequent rants on HN on dumbing down of software).

I feel for the guy. Sad thing is, the people refusing to use a powerful and efficient piece of software because they can't click or swipe will be suffering and wondering why their job is miserable. And the customers standing in the queue will be suffering too - especially the ones who've seen efficient POS software being used in other shops.

Same boat, here.

And as an aside the best and fastest POS I ever used was a DOS-based system. I ;earned to key on the number pad because of it (now I need any external keyboard I use to have one). We actually got so good we could key up entire processes, invoices before the screens could update! This was pre-iPhone/touchscreens everywhere and I thought it looked old and outdated when I started. My appreciation grew after working with it, though.

I'm only just about to be closer to 40 than I am 30 and I feel kinship with these people. Almost every day I see something going on in the industry or on HN or even just whatever horrors the Windows Update team have unleashed recently and need to go outside and shout at clouds for about 20 minutes.

If you find me being less than pleasant on this site, it's usually because I'm talking to someone who is making me feel this way. It's like the modern technology landscape has somehow forgotten the wisdom that was built up over generations. It's infuriating.

The problem is that palm sized supercomputers are ubiquitous but they are all burdened with unnecessarily slow software.

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