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Aspies and changes in games/websites.

Over in asperger, griffen made a locked post about how he's frustrated at WoW changes, and general frustration that normies seem to prefer change and Aspies generally don't. I made the following response:

I, for one, abandoned Yahoo Mail after having an address there for over 10 years, because I got sick of them constantly changing things, especially since with every change the interface got slower and took more and more computer memory. Switched to Gmail, and I'm glad; they haven't changed anything since I first signed up, at least nothing annoying anyway.

I think it's a reflection in the microcosm of the macrocosm. That we don't like the constantly changing rules in social stuff, so when we find something like a game or a website that we like, and they make changes, it's a sort of existential dilemma for us.

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Yeah, when we have trouble keeping track of changing rules in things like social stuff, anything that is stable that we like a certain way, even changes that are true improvements can frustrate us.

Crossposted from http://fayanora.dreamwidth.org


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Nov. 26th, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
I'm not aspie and I still set up my Windows OS so it looks like Win 95 as soon as I get a new computer or I am completely useless and lost. In other areas I like change - new features, etc - but don't mess with an interface I am used to. I have went from being an Office wizard to being completely incompetent in it ever since those goddamn ribbons were introduced.
Nov. 26th, 2010 11:26 pm (UTC)
I like XP the way it was before they "improved" the search. Can't use the search anymore, no frakking idea how it works. Neither can Brooke.

Nov. 27th, 2010 06:09 am (UTC)
Yeah, instead of a file menu at the top, all office apps now have this: http://i.msdn.microsoft.com/Cc872782.Ribbon01%28en-us,MSDN.10%29.png
Nov. 27th, 2010 06:36 am (UTC)
Oh yeah, I've seen those on library computers. I can't figure out how the frak they work. Too much visual noise for me to parse it properly.

Don't have to worry about it on my own computers, though. I never use Word on my own computers, haven't for years. I use OpenOffice. Best word processor out there, better than Word, it's free, and it can save in/open Word format. Word is a flaming piece of shit for many reasons. The main reason I switched initially was that in Word, you can password protect documents, but people can still open and read those documents without the password, which is totally stupid and useless. But in OpenOffice, if a file is password protected, you can't even open it without the password.

Now that I see what's become of Word, I am more glad than ever to have abandoned it for OpenOffice.
Nov. 27th, 2010 02:33 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately I don't have that option at work, so I have to click through the menus for 5 minutes every time I need to draw a table or something else that should be incredibly simple. It's even worse for excel :(
Nov. 27th, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
Have you asked your boss about it? Told them your difficulties?
Nov. 29th, 2010 12:41 am (UTC)
LOL, if it was just my boss I would do it and tell him to deal with it. I work for a huge corporation that locks down the machines - for good reason, there is alot of people's personal information on our networks that cannot be allowed to get out - but it makes everything difficult... especially using unapproved software.
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Nov. 27th, 2010 12:13 am (UTC)
On the other hand, many people who are "real" Aspies are in the uncanny valley for me, which suggests something about them is very much NOT like me.

I would be interested in hearing more about this. Sounds fascinating.

I especially love interfaces that are weird/different, sometimes even unintuitive.

I like learning new interfaces/programs when I know that's what I'm doing... I have a knack for it. But when I've already learned a program/interface and they completely change it on me, it's frustrating because I have to learn everything over again, without it being a choice.

I'm currently in love with Opera, although I'm beginning to see some glitches and getting annoyed by those.

I fell in love with Opera years ago because Firefox was getting slow and annoying. It still is. But now Opera on my PC crashes and restarts itself on first startup every damned time, before anything comes up, and then the rest of the day works fine. Though sometimes it will crash and restart itself when I'm trying to exit the program, which makes no sense at all.

Opera wouldn't even work properly on my Apple laptop last I tried... I couldn't get it to do tabs at all. Or rather, it would do tabs in different windows and not as tabs. No idea what that's all about.
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Nov. 27th, 2010 08:28 pm (UTC)
Sounds neat.
Nov. 27th, 2010 08:33 pm (UTC)
You might find me a bit uncanny, then. My default facial expression is "blank," regardless of mood, except for occasions when I smile or frown. If I'm not feeling particularly one thing or another, my face is blank. Faking a smile or trying to put emotions into my face when I'm not really feeling it, just hurts, physically.

and that sometimes when I try to open all bookmarks in a folder at once, nothing happens.

I wouldn't know, I've never done this. Didn't know you could click more than one bookmark at a time.
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Nov. 28th, 2010 12:48 pm (UTC)
I have folders, didn't know that trick was possible though. PC's Opera is up to date.
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