The IT people came around last year and upgraded Microsoft Office. Until that time, we had Office 2003 and I *love* Office 2003. To me, that was the epitome of MS Office.
They installed MS Office 2007 (and they are going to upgrade to 2010 this year sometime I think).
And...well...I cursed the bejesus out of it. They took everything I *knew* about programs like Word and Excel and they rearranged and changed the **** out of it. I wanted to throw my computer across the room, and I have been vehemently crying out that MS Office 2007 is the biggest pile of ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ ever to hit computers.
You know what really happened? What really happened is that I already mastered something and then somebody came along and changed the game on me and now I must take something I've already mastered and unlearn a bunch of old stuff and relearn a bunch of new stuff. Fortunately for me, it's mostly just about FINDING stuff in the way they rearranged it, rather than completely changing up some of the functions. I already know what I *need*, I'm just having trouble finding it.
Then I realized that i was reacting MS Office 2007 much like some of the old guys around here reacted to getting computers. I remember when I first came to work here, hearing the old guys complaining about computers and how they didn't have any use for them and I would look at them like they were mentally retarded. I'd be like "WTF? A computer isn't that hard to learn and there is so much CONVENIENCE to be had in doing our work on a computer rather than doing designs with pen and paper. God, that's archaic! You old damn dinosaurs!"
But I caught myself railing against MS Office 2007 in the SAME EXACT WAY those old guys would complain about computers, and I laughed out loud at myself (or, as the youngens would say: I lawlzed).
I suddenly understand now why the older folks struggle with computers. They're intimidating. They've come along and they are a part of our life now whether we like it or not and we were forced to adapt to them....for younger guys like me, that was easier...but for the older folks, that was intimidating....and probably felt like they had to unlearn some things and relearn a new way of doing things at an age where they thought they were done with that.
Just some food for thought.