I am sure you have heard those late night informercials where a super excited person is rabbiting on about some gizmo that we will never use but must have and wait! Theeerrrreeesss mmmoooorrreeee!!!
These types of "deals" try and get you to part with your hard earned cash by promising everything including the kitchen sink. For those who don't know the term everything including the kitchen sink it means that the product simply does not have anything lacking and can do what every your imagination can think up.
Naturally in real life it doesn't work that way and we would never buy anything that promises that. We wouldn't right? Would we? Well when it comes to computers that is exactly what we do.
In the process of companies trying to sell the same product year after year after year they attempt to keep the product new and fresh by introducing new features (but wait! theeerreesss mmmoorrreee!). By doing so they try and play on the impulse buy and natural human desire to want the latest and greatest.
Seriously though. How many of you have bought something from those late night infomercials and been disappointed when it arrives? How many of those special features and functions do you really use? Likewise, with your expensive operating systems, office, graphics and media programs how many of the programs features are actually utilised?
Most of the latest programs have so many features that are never used at all and if so they are used only once in a blue moon. All this does is make the programs more complex, harder to find the functions you really use and uses up more computing resources.
Even Linux is not safe from this trend. Where once it used to be a single program to do a single job it is now morphing into a program with everything but the kitchen sink.
I think we need to go back to the roots. Get rid of all the dross and start selling programs in new versions advertised as having less bugs, faster running and removal of unused functions. Perhaps break up the programs into separate ones. Just to reduce the footprint of the programs and let our computers breath and leave us with more room to save our data.
What do you think? Are programs becoming too complex? Do you really need something including the kitchen sink? Tell us in the comments below.