Don't we live in the future yet? What's taking so long?
I hate to tell you this, but the future brings only cheaper products for dumber people, with the ruse of buzzwords like Digital.
If you want quality, it's only going to cost more.
Bitch, please. :P
Every public project I make is made with the assumption that there are two distinct clases of users: the hacker dorks and those who are clueless.
I've never made anything targetting just the clueless.
Want me to dumb LiveJournal down? I can remove the protocol support, requiring people to post from the web. (because, you know, the web is the internet!)
The problem is that I don't think there has ever been a single application which has successfully targeted both the clueless and the geeks - Windows tried that and ultimately failed in both categories (fail in terms of actual usefulness, not in terms of gross sales.. that's just pure business). The hacker-types hate it because it shelters you from everything, preventing you from fixing a lot of trivial problems yourself. The clueless just have problems doing even the simplest of tasks; e.g. only in Windows XP & Office XP did Microsoft finally fix the stupidity of allowing any user to drag the taskbar and toolbars all over the place or resize them to half the screen. But what did they introduce in XP? even MORE stuff on the screen to confuse the hell out of newbies. A stock XP installation is like looking at the CNN Headline News channel.
AOL makes it obvious that they're targeting the clueless ("EVERYONE's got AOL"), so the hacker types can just find an ISP which doesn't suck so much.
Wow! Your film scanner experince sounds exactly like mine. Only my OS problems were between WinXP and Win2K, and I was using a Nikon LS1000. Oh and for extra fun, its SCSI.