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is software helping people?





munkey_boy
Hello, i was just wondering do the programs these days actually help people what do people want to see in prgrams i want to hear what you have to say coz im bored
Ultima1080
I think the theres some main things that people want mainstream programs to contain. Versitility, practicality (if thats a word Wink ), low price and ease of use. In all honesty, I don't think that the majority of the population that buys software has advanced computer skills. So, of course, the ideal program would be something that would do a million things at the single click of a button. Unfortunately...I don't think thats how it works in the real world. I personally though just like software that is free/cheap and does what it is supposed to do in an orderly and quick manner. I personally like programs such as SpyBot and DiskeeperLite, because they do their intended functions. Also, another thing I'm not sure I like about free programs is their use of Ad-Ware and Mal-Ware. Unfortunately, sometimes free programs can contain these things and occasionally viruses that can cause all sorts of crazy trouble on your computer. Just make sure to research the program you're going to get before you actually get it and you should be okay.
carlokes
I'm happy with emacs and gcc Razz
Now seriously I think the most important things in programs nowadays are being error/bug free and to have a very good interface so that anyone can "try" use them without having to spend hours trying to understand how to do a single thing....
pjv
definitely they do, without these softwares, life gets a little more boring. Smile

there are lots of free softwares and not so free that are a big help in our daily office task and if your tired of working, you can also get tons of software games.
munkey_boy
Yeh easy interface/to use cheap or free and computer begginers can use them but out of all of them i only neep cheap or free
lockwolf
It depends on what you mean by "Helping People." I could see programs such as Instant Messengers, Chat Rooms, Message Boards, Email, VOIP and other forms of communication make society more functional but at a decline to the old ways of society. It's very useful because it helps speed up communication between point A and Point B but then again, it almost seems too easy and good to be true.

If your talking programs within the Office Suite of software, I think that is making society Lazier in a few ways. Though yes, it has helped speed up productivity, functions such as spellcheck are having people using it instead of digging mindlessly through a Dictionary which is a useful skill to know.

The internet is, IMHO, probably one of the Best and Worst things ever created. Its one of the greater things ever created because it has access to virtually anything that you would have to dig up in large books such as encyclopedias. Then again, this has made society lazier for a large ammount of todays teenagers are not learning how to properly use these items of today and just typing it out what they are looking for in google or the Wikipedia. Also, since there is no real order to the internet, there are too many things that are out there such as Porn and junk that little kids get there hands on.

Programs in a Whole are not bad, its just how people use them that have made them bad.
ekingisrael
Software can help us reach places we could not reach as fast without computers-but in order to maitain our human brain we must use it-and train it more than these days-the human brain is fading,we're becoming less and less smart-because we rely on computers to do all the hard stuff..

If we use computers only after we proved ourselfs that we can do the same jobs without it-than it's a smart and effective use of computers,these days students have much more difficultives than before because they grow up with computers..

Computers is like wemen-you can't live with them-and you can't live without them.. Idea
gonzo
What kind of software?
mtoni
I think they help.
My father sometimes has to do the administrative work for his job.
If he hadn't had that software for administrative things, the work would take ages to complete.

With software a lot of things can be calculated, such as the weather.
Even gaming Very Happy For me gaming is relaxation.
Platform
I would say that they do help:

People that have bad hand writings or difficulties can now type
Browsers: Well there is no end here they just pump and pump out info as you click
Email: Speed and ease of use

And then there is all the good apps that just make life better and more fun for us to be using a computer...photos, music, video etc.
Vrythramax
There is some softwrae out there that really does help people. One program that comes to mind is DragonSpeak, it takes text and puts into a synthesized voice for the vision impaired (and other handicapped people) so that they can use a computer too.

I'm sure there are many other programs out there that are just as helpful, just think of the technolgy and software used in the medical community.
Jack_Hammer
M$ Helps no-one they don't include backward compatibility they even use old tech in there designs (Windows XP uses a lot of BMP images still), where as Linux tends to use PNG images.

Programs at a reasonable price if they are programmed well are worth the money, people work hard, Open source very good for the money and people making little programs that they needed or thought useful and then sharing that with the world, where as M$...
Evil or Very Mad
Eyre
id have to agree with jack hammer. i've got linux on an extremely slow computer and i prefer that to my XP on a reasonably reasonable PC.
Jack_Hammer
Eyre wrote:
id have to agree with jack hammer. i've got linux on an extremely slow computer and i prefer that to my XP on a reasonably reasonable PC.


lmao, Finally Linux power....

Though the way M$ charge 200 for their OS is rediculous and the programs are so expensive for the fact you can't even edit the source or even see whats really going on behind your computer... Shocking imho.

P.S Like my new Avvy? - Ty n0obie.
cueno
Im currently talking a computer applications course, and I have to say that software really does what it was intended. I think that the general poplulation of computer software users do not really know how to use the applications to the fullest potential. However, once you take a tutorial or two and actually study the programs, you can get very effictint at using them and yes I do believe that they help consumers greatly.
Vrythramax
Jack_Hammer wrote:
M$ Helps no-one they don't include backward compatibility they even use old tech in there designs (Windows XP uses a lot of BMP images still), where as Linux tends to use PNG images.

Programs at a reasonable price if they are programmed well are worth the money, people work hard, Open source very good for the money and people making little programs that they needed or thought useful and then sharing that with the world, where as M$...
Evil or Very Mad


I agree with you 100% about m$, I am a dedicated M$ hater http://web.meganet.net/kenshi/microsloth/
and have been for a number of years. Thier software doesn't help anyone do anything except spend cash (for the most part).

Jack_Hammer: I quoted you as your post reminded me of something:
How many M$ Engineers does it take to change a lightbulb?
None, they just redefine darkness as Industry Standard.

BTW...I also run Redhat at home Very Happy
thiamshui
of cos software helps ppl.. we nid software otherwise our computers cant do anything.. that will mean no internet, no chat, no websites, no frihost, no computer entertainment, nothing..
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