Two things that make me feel like a cranky old man
1. Tabbed Browsing: People seem really excited IE is getting tabbed browsing. People seemed really excited when Mozilla et. al. got tabbed. I just don't get it. Is having a few more windows opened really that much of a problem? I still need to use two keys on my keyboard to switch between the tabs. What's the big deal? I normally have about a million windows open and I never have a problem finding what I need, I just can't figure out what I'm missing with the tabs. Do they posses some magical powers I'm not aware of? Do they organize things in a way that I'm missing? These are not rhetorical questions, someone help me out here, I just don't get it. I've got about a googlzillion plugins in my Mozilla, most of them are super useful and get regular use, but I never feel the need to open a new tab.
2. RSS Aggregators: People seem really excited about the ability to read a billion blog posts on one page. This one I can understand. The urge to read what hundreds of people are writing about is understandable. So, it's not that I don't understand, it's that I don't care. I don't care if I missed another link, another story or another thought from the blogosphere. I think I keep up with the people I enjoy reading fairly well most of the time and that's good enough for me. I suppose I'm on the supply side of RSS, and I've never felt the need to be a hyper-consumer of RSS. If I spend more than a few minutes a day reading blogs I always feel like I'm wasting my time. I don't mean to sound like an arrogant bastard again, but I really do have better things to do. I know I'm missing things, I know there's tons of good stuff being written, and I know I can learn a lot, but I just don't have the time. Yes it might just be ironic that LISNews offered some of the first RSS feeds, and yes it may be ironic I also run a web site that aggregates RSS feeds. And let me just say because it's not for me doesn't mean it's wrong. There's nothing wrong with you having a million feeds in your aggregator, it just doesn't currently fit in with how I use the web at this point in my life. For now I'll just keep working to make sure you have something to read in your aggregator.
My name is Blake, and I'm a cranky old man.