Changing Times

There’s one thing I can say about technology – it always changes. One of the most notable changes is the User Interface (UI) of a program or website we use. Many popular changes include Facebook’s Timeline UI, Windows 8’s radical Metro UI (now called Modern, I think), and most recently – Dota 2: Reborn (which I love BTW).

Regardless of what changed, one thing is for certain – there’s always going to be the vocal majority who absolutely hate the new design. Remember when people were creating petitions to ask Facebook to switch back to the old UI? Yeah, I remember.

Now this happens with pretty much everything. Heck, I can’t remember the last time I encountered a change without anybody bitching about it. But usually, it doesn’t last for more than a couple of days. I’m not saying that Facebook is perfect now (bring back the old search dammit, stop trying to be a search engine) but people eventually realize the futility of being upset and accept it.

Sometimes people don’t stop complaining. Sometimes developers listen. Sometimes they act on the feedback. Case in point: Microsoft bringing the Start menu back after all the constant bitching about them taking it away (sure, it took a few years but the fact is, they reverted a major change in Windows).

Now I’m not saying whining is the way to go – sometimes you have to try getting used to what’s new before asking for something to change. Human beings are good at adapting. We’re built to adapt to different conditions. Sure, we’re no roaches, but we’ve been alive long enough to see ourselves create fire with sticks and stones to sending men to space in rockets just because we can. We can learn to live with changes and sometimes we embrace it. Sometimes we realize that new snazzy UI was what we wanted all along.

I thought I had something interesting to discuss when I started today’s post but it turns out I don’t really. I guess I just wanted to say, change isn’t always bad. It can be a good thing too. But one thing is certain – it’s always interesting. Moving to a new city. Changing jobs. Starting a new hobby. It doesn’t matter if it is a good or a bad experience, you’ll always have that – an experience to remember and/or learn from.

And if you don’t like how something is, you can always go back to an older version of a program (looking at you, pre-malware uTorrent). If you can’t, there’s always alternatives (qBitorrent rules guys), or you can just stop using it altogether. Put your foot down and show your dissatisfaction, “No! I’ve had enough of this shit!”. Or you can just give in and deal with it.

PS Yeah, I know I’m all over the place with this post.
PPS Dota 2: Reborn’s UI is SWEEEET. Stop whining, Reddit. Kappa
PPPS While I love radical and new changes in technology, unfortunately, I can’t say the same for my favorite bands. I mean, why change from what made people love your sound in the first place?

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