This is about evolution – no, not the kind you argue about with atheists and astrophysicists, but about software evolution. Remember when Bill Gates was a skinny geeky, god-like creature who ruled over the world of desktop PCs like a skinny, male school marm with funny glasses – deciding for us what we’d like and then, like the Wizard of Oz only doling out tidbits, crumbs of things we almost liked but never really did? Remember when Steve Jobs got fired and came back to Apple and stuck a penny in his ear and invented the iPod and became the darling of the tech world. Oh ’twas so long ago and far away, when we were younger than today.
For whatever reason, it seems that most software gets worse with each new version. Windows for example. Windows XP? What the heck was wrong with Windows XP? Nothing. But everyone had it, and if everyone has something they like, they don’t want anything new. But Microsoft needs you to buy new things so they can meet the Wall Street forecasts and the executives can get bonuses and buy yachts and fancy cars and private jets, while the rest of us grovel around like fuzzy little peasants tapping on keyboards looking at the latest incarnation of Bill Gate’s Windows. Windows Vista was not as good as Windows XP — it was much worse. What the heck? Windows 7 was better than Vista, and maybe almost as good as XP. Then comes Windows 8 – and Microsoft peering down at us peasants saying “Let them eat cake!” Such arrogance. Still we grovel and push our little mice around and spend our time searching for the start button. What was wrong with Windows XP?
So it goes with software evolution. Newer is not necessarily better. In fact, most of the time it’s not better. It’s worse. How many freeware programs are no longer free? How many freeware programs have become wrapped in malware like a lonely piece of carne in a large cheese and bean burrito? Maybe we really are peasants groveling for a voice – a voice that says, GIVE ME THE SOFTWARE I WANT AND NOT THE SOFTWARE YOU WANT ME TO HAVE!
If you are one of the many who have watched their favorite programs evolve into senseless programs managed by ribbons and toolbars that make no sense, don’t give up — search for an alternative.
Today’s site of the week is called Alternative To and its name is as descriptive as I’ll ever get. So, because I’m tired, full of beer, and yawning, I’m going to turn this article over to Mr. Alternative and Miss To – and let them fill you in, otay?
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Based on our users recommendations we list great alternatives to the applications you want to replace. By joining the site you can participate in the process of making these recommendations better, so please join in! “
If your favorite programs have evolved into huge hairless apes with too many buttons and knobs – and are no longer giving you the pleasure they once did, search for a good alternative by visiting our site pick AlternativeTo.
I have never once claimed to be sane.