JavaScript Fatigue Fatigue
Quincy Larson

Beautiful Organ, Quincy Larson !

Your organ attracted me, so I read your wonderful article, Java Script Fatigue Fatigue. I followed along (somewhat) despite my not being a programmer, or techie. I have lived through Win 95 up to XP. Ahhhh, they finally got it right––until Gates dumped what worked.

I tried the new system; took it back because of conflicts, so I bought a Pro Mac. I experienced a bit of despair being forced to learning a new way of doing, new computer terms, but I persevered and one day life was beautiful again. There was no hint trouble from 2007 to 2013 as I went from Tiger to Snow Leopard. I even noticed with a giggle that Windows was struggling to develop a PC version of Mac! Hahaha. And then, stupid me–I fell for the lure of Apple’s sale…Lion OS only $10.oo to upgrade online. It was then my computing life fell back into hell, and has pretty much stayed there.

Don’t get me wrong. I was thrilled Google heard my silent prayers of please have someone make a search where you can ask a question and you find what you are looking for. Struggling to find information by entering key words, and then weeding through hundreds of URL listings to look for the correct one in the context I was searching for was time consuming. Oh, the early days!

However, quirks and conflicts returned with the Lion OS, even after upping the RAM to 2.5 G. It was as if the antichrist has entered my machine eating files, hiding others, and websites seemed to fight it. I reformatted back to Snow Leopard, which took two-days to wipe out all hint of Lion, but discovered this marriage of Lion to Pro Mac was permanent.

Once Quicken sees a new OS, it refuses to go back to the previous version. Ten months of records irretrievable. My self designed easy-access method of bookkeeping–kaput. After printing out all statements, researching what each check was for, and marking tax deductible or not (more days wasted) I saw that I was unable to retrieve from Disk, or portable hard drive, information I should have. Those works “file corrupted” were an unwelcome visitor on nearly a daily basis. I had to reinstall Lion.

My bank had said I would still be able to go online and access my accounts on Safari, but I would not be able to reconcile the accounts to Quicken. Fine, I don’t trust that process anyway, never have. They lied. One day I tried to get online and they refused until I got a different browser. I won’t even go into the problem of switching over to Firefox.

I don’t know if this is java related. Earlier Mac conflicts have been resolved by turning off java. Now I am wondering if I should turn it on, or throw in the towel and return to pre-computer days and actually live life again. I am getting to old for these kinds of struggles anyway.

Why can’t the industry just design mega-firewalls to keep out the intruders, forget about the flashy, bigger, better, brighter websites, games, whatever the newest glitter is, and just go for functionality for videos, music, photos, and readability on the web?

WHY, pray tell, do we need a multitude of different browsers when they all do the same thing: take you online? One browser made well should be able to do the same thing for all if you get rid of the fluff, right? Okay, make two browsers–one for people who like gaming and one for people who want to create for publication mediums, art and print. Rhetorical question since the answer is: free market capitalism.

All I want is for Steve Jobs to come back to life, but I will settle for a browser that functions well for both a PC and Mac equally well, and for PC and Apple developers to stop messing with an OS that is functioning well. At least give us 7 years before the next one, and perfect it before releasing it, please. I have noticed cell phones today are only lasting two years maybe without irritating conflicts and average prices jump up 25-30% each year. Is this because they are in a race for the ultimate in bells and whistles or am I seeing a force them to upgrade to get ride of conflicts tactic? But, I digress from java, I think.

Thank you, Quincy, for letting readers know consumers are not the only ones frustrated.