Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Computer Programmers vs the World

There were some changes recently to the "tools" at Zazzle, forcing shop keepers to enter a default size on T-shirts. It is tripping up some people and causing frustration as they memorize a new habit.

Here is my theory about why computer programmers change things like keystroke/mouse combinations and patterns and making life miserable for those of us that are typists.

Many computer programmers can't type. They have a habit of hunting and pecking when they use a keyboard. I don't think they worry that much about slowing down people that are adept with keyboards, because they were never fast to begin with. They were never good at memorizing patterns when using a keyboard themselves, so it strikes them as completely inconsequential when they make changes.

But, what computer programmers don't know is that one of the things that makes some of us typists to begin with was that we can learn patterns very quickly. We can handle anything computer programmers toss our way.

And, if you aren't very good at learning new habits, check out this book: The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg.