Re: StargateSg7 / Not sure about Office
Complaining about an applications name is just being a bit silly.
I'm sure most users of microsoft products today would not know the standard programs that come with DOS. They would have to do what they did with windows and get a book to teach them. When I moved from using a C64 to a PC that I built from spare parts I had a WHOLE book on windows 3.1 to teach me what the hell I could do with Program Manager, this was after I went to the library to find books on DOS. When I went to linux I did the same thing mostly with these things called man pages.
I also had to read a book to help me learn to drive a car. I mean I had been driven in a car by my dad for years, plus rode my bike on the roads for decades yet I still had to do all that silly learning to use a the every so slightly different interface to the roads called a "car". I fully expect to do the same should I upgrade my road interface to a truck...
Back to applications...
"The GIMP" certainly does not describe anything about what the application does. This is true also of "Adobe Acrobat" - obviously software related to gymnastics. Safari is not a browser, its a game for kids set in Africa. What about Adobe After Effects? That must be something to do with teaching kids not to do drugs? Or Sony Vegas which is most likely something to do with gambling.
Here are a few more examples:
WinAmp = Lets you plug in your kids electric guitar so he can play it on the computer?
Excel = Training program to help your employees excel at their work.
Publisher = Lets you publish your book direct to the stores avoiding all that faffing about with human publishers!
Word = A scrabble dictionary.
Access = Gives you access to locked buildings, used by hackers in films etc.
Frontpage = Lets you design your books front page, remember to use this before you run publisher!
Outlook = Gives you the weather outlook for the week ahead.
Firefox = A game where you hunt fox hunters using a flame-thrower.
Chrome = Who the hell knows?
Anything "Lotus" = racing
Nero Burning Rom = A sequel to Firefox where you play as a guy named Nero.
I could go on and on and I would love to as it amuses me.
However, looking at my start menu, the only applications in windows that even suggest what they do are the ancient ones that were there all the way back to the beginning. Paint (well it kinda suggests its usage), calculator, notepad etc. We all know that to do anything actually with a computer you must use other more complicated applications. If we all just got buy using notepad why do we even need windows 10? Notepad was on windows 1.0 back in '85 so why do we need multi core CPU's? Why does my pc have 16GB of RAM?
I'll tell you why. Its all to use those incomprehensible programs I listed above. The ones where you need to LEARN what they are used for. The ones where you DISCOVER them when you are trying to fulfill a need.
How do you discover them? Must I? Ok here we go:
- Word of mouth
- By accident
- Further education courses in the subject you are learning about.
But no. You need the OS and application name to be so simple that anyone who has read the famous five can create the next Harry Potter without learning anything about word processing. Its a dream. An old one yes, but a dream.