When Human Brain Needs an Update
mucho smart people have ranted
about and analyzed
the Lockergnome affair in much detail. What Lockergnome did is incomprehensible
for rationally thinking people. That’s a fact, right? I really have a
hard time believing they can justify the change to themselves, or their audience
for that matter. I do however think Pirillo is a smart guy and he’s a
funny geek on occasion. But this time I guess he missed a few braincells —
and it surely isn’t funny. Anyway, this whole Lockergnome debate reminds
us of the harsh truth. The human brain can’t adapt as fast as technology
While I think the current Lockergnome website is deplorable I can see how the
decision came to be. Not the reasons they mention per se, something a bit more
psychology related. Let me put it this way: how do you feel when upgrading your
favorite software or application? I always think it’s a bit scary. Sometimes
new software releases will require users to adapt to a new environment, new
tools or lost features. While my subconscience knows that a new release will
eventually make me achieve my goals faster or better, I have a hard time seeing
the long term benefits as opposed to the short term required investment in time,
money and efforts.
Coding with web standards is pretty much the same. Yes, it took me some time
to kick the old habits and abandon my WYSIWYG editor. But you know what? In
the end it made me a better designer, and I now know why it was and is worth
the short term investment in time, energy and gallons of coffee. Don’t
get me wrong, I’m still struggling and web standards isn’t coding
nirvana. But it sure is a hell of a better place than tables. Can you imagine
any designer worth his salt throwing his comps together in Photoshop 3 —
or people serious about IT using Windows 95? Probably not. Though I could argue
that anyone serious about IT should not use Windows at all.
So Chris, why the fear? You of all people…
This item was posted byon Thursday, March 11th, 2004.
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