August 05, 2005

We interrupt this program...

Kathy's going to get really mad at me for hijacking the Cake Eater Chronicles like this, but I just need to get this off my chest in a very public manner.

I have finally decided what I believe the problem is with Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 as a whole: It's over-developed.

They've gone to such lengths to be able to accomodate nearly every concievable situation, that the simple, straighforward solutions that most small businesses need become convoluted configuration nightmares.

If I'm building an outhouse, I don't want to have to deconstruct the Sears Tower to do it.

I feel better. I'm sure you're confused. Don't worry. Kathy will probably delete this momentarily.

UPDATE FROM KATH: If this means I don't have to listen to complaints about a software program about which I know absolute SQUAT, the post stays.

Capisce, darling?

Related aside: For a minute there, I thought Steve-o had hijacked the blog again.

Posted by MRN aka "The Husband" at August 5, 2005 02:17 PM | TrackBack

I say confused, but I agree with your distaste for SBS '03. I'd just be happy if they'd quit trying to think for me and let me set the darned thing up how I want to.

Stupid Microsoft techies trying to make everything monkey proof.

Posted by: phin at August 5, 2005 02:50 PM

Aha! I was thinking along these lines just the other day, but not just in regard to SBS.

What I hate is the way they make everything wizardy, so even if you know what you're doing, you have to go through the hand-holding.

Posted by: Jay at August 5, 2005 04:50 PM

Microsoft is by no means alone here. I have seen any number of software products that started simple in version 1, fixed most of the bugs in version 2, then proceeded to pollute the product with silly features to make you want to upgrade again and again.

There are some upstarts out there that understand our plight, introducing some "basic" spreadsheets, text editors, etc. that handle 98% of your needs without all those extra buttons and toolbars.

Posted by: R-Five at August 6, 2005 01:10 AM

"Every program eventually becomes rococo, and then rubble." -- Alan Perlis

Posted by: Pixy Misa at August 7, 2005 11:29 PM
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