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A brief public service announcement December 22, 2010

Posted by mareserinitatis in computers, work.
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Our campus has been migrating from several disparate mail and calendaring services to a single one that will be uniform across the campus. (It may even be uniform across the university system…who knows.)

I hate it. The old calendar and mail programs I used were fairly simple and had what I needed right there. If I needed things more complicated, they were in hidden menus.

I feel like someone just forced me to replace our McIntosh stereo equipment with Sony.

OMG, there are buttons EVERYWHERE!!! And 18 different windows. It’s like an ADD nightmare.

I know I’ll get used to it…but I’m never going to like it.

(I should also note that there were a boatload of announcements sent out explaining how to move to the new email service over, you guessed it, email.)



1. me - December 22, 2010

I actually prefer the new system, but then again I was already using Outlook before the switchover.


2. Chris Gammell - December 22, 2010



mareserinitatis - December 22, 2010



Chris Gammell - December 23, 2010

Haha, yes.

People get so set in their ways about technology, it’s crazy. However, people clinging to older methods doesn’t get my goat nearly as much people actively ignoring new methods of communication when there hadn’t been any methods previously. Like when there’s tons of info on an internal wiki site and people still don’t put their data there. Arg.


mareserinitatis - December 23, 2010

It’s not that it’s new, although the big changes doesn’t help. It’s just…tacky. I have found out there are ways to close some of the windows so that I don’t have to have 18 things on my screen at once. I guess I prefer simplicity of design to having everything available all the time.

There was one person I worked with who was kind of like you describe. He refused to use our file sharing system, and when we had issues with revisions, I suggested using a revision control software. That went over like a lead balloon…


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