April 20, 2001

How useless are computer manuals

Author: JT Smith

Kelly McNeill of OSOpinion writes: "Most computer manuals look just fine to me. I pick them up (or click on them) and in no time at all I can find what I want. But I'm unusual. I'm habituated to these strange creatures and usually turn straight to the index, if there is one. I'm also unusual in that for most of the manuals I use, I know most of the answer already. However, many kernel developers and Gnome hackers don't know how it feels to be computer illiterate, as thick as a brick, like in that Jethro Tull song from 1972. I don't know how it feels to be computer illiterate. At least, I didn't until recently."

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