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Show Of Hands December 17th, 2012 12:00am

Do you generally prefer single-purpose (and simpler) software programs, or multi-purpose (and more complex) software programs?

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12/19/12 12:53 pm


12/19/12 7:01 am

And that's why I choose simple games - one button that says fire is ok. Death to the Zombies!

12/19/12 4:37 am

Complex? Ain't nobody got time for that!

12/19/12 12:54 am

Since there isn't much traffic here, a few app recommendations for 3D gamers : Carnivores ; Contract Killer Zombies2 and a secret tip : "six guns". Both Contract killer and six guns eat 500+MB but six guns only data space not app space on Android.

Dan653 New Jersey
12/18/12 8:29 pm

When something is multipurpose it has to makes compromises and can't be the best of either.

pinkyusuck The Carribean. I wish.
12/18/12 5:54 pm

I prefer dedicated audio recording software, and video editing software. Other things I'm more flexible, I suppose.

chile safer than congress
12/18/12 5:34 pm

Don't be sad. It just means the market is ripe for charging more for "easy" apps for the masses. Opportunity is good.

MrWolfe Nashville
12/18/12 12:35 pm

There is little I can do about it, but this SOH poll is indicative of computing trends and makes me sad.
I work in music production, and have friends in post/film production. Our traditional software and hardware tools are feeling the squeeze of the consumer-oriented 'post PC' market

12/18/12 12:00 pm

Depends some software can handle multiple tasks really well. They can be used for simple tasks and should you choose use advance features to push the project above and beyond.

12/18/12 11:07 am

I'd rather have something that does one thing really well, than something that does 50 things just "ok"

12/18/12 8:48 am

I'd say Pages is a multi-purpose program, but certainly not super complex.

geoag02 Dallas, TX
12/18/12 8:46 am

It depends... If it is for a project that I plan on putting a lot of time into I want power, otherwise I want simplicity. Overall I would say simplicity.

timeout Boston Strong
12/18/12 8:42 am

As a senior I've adapted fairly well to all the new tech. But I tend to keep it simple. Still have an old desk top but bought an I touch, loved so much I just got my first smart phone, love it. But in truth any grade school kid would probably show me up on any of these.

EarlyBird Portland
12/18/12 6:50 am

When i want a challenge, I don't want it to be a complicated hardware challenge.

12/18/12 6:35 am


PeppyHare Do a barrel roll
12/18/12 6:03 am

Better to have two things that do something great than one mediocre thing trying to do two.

teaparty Cleveland
12/18/12 5:59 am

Not surprised by the age filter.

wetheslaves Live each moment fully
12/18/12 5:53 am

We are stuck in a repeat loop. Are we changing?

jmw7477 Indiana
12/18/12 5:52 am

I'm a big fan of multi-tasking. I would rather have one thing that does more instead of many things that do less.

12/18/12 1:53 am

Totally conservative. Haha respect.

TiltonAllStarz Outside Ur Comfort Zone
12/17/12 11:48 pm

Keep it simple stupid. The k.i.s.s. method.

Doopy Remedial Americanism
12/17/12 11:45 pm

I just want it to work, and usually, the simpler it is, the better it works.

12/17/12 10:39 pm

Repeat question? :>

I'd rather have a single use program that's really good at what it does.

12/17/12 10:32 pm

One news source is no news, it's propaganda.

12/17/12 10:24 pm

If news my favorite is newshog (Google).

LucentInsanity Seattle
12/17/12 10:23 pm

Not necessarily simpler but I believe it's better to be the best in one area than be good in many.

Rosebud Ohio
12/17/12 10:19 pm

Though I'm sure no one but Tony would come anywhere close to caring....

Rosebud Ohio
12/17/12 10:18 pm

SOH is on my second page, but the first is only email, settings, calendar, and photos, a setup that goes back to my original iPod touch. SOH is in the most used folder though. And not on the third page- which is only used in specific uncommon circumstances (like baby apps, when I'm not pregnant...)

Rosebud Ohio
12/17/12 10:15 pm

More complex to an extent. I can't stand single-use software. But I also don't want such a complicated program that I can't relatively easily figure out how to use it.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
12/17/12 9:59 pm

To the extent they can be, I prefer integration. I hate reentering data, or copy-paste when it would make more sense for the contents of any field to be picked up by all appropriate modules. I also prefer the consistency of the UI and setup in a properly done integrated program.

TempName14 Everywhere but nowhere
12/17/12 9:51 pm

I'm a software engineer and I work for a software company. I like complex software that is simply architected (based on engineering design principles).

12/17/12 9:50 pm

Right next to Fox News, Tony? I wouldn't be proud ;)

Same here though Gaca, my SoH is on the bottom toolbar right between my email and web browser

Diogenes FreeMeBe
12/17/12 9:50 pm

It would be easier having a consumption tax. No avoidance that way. The millionaires can still pay a higher rate, but death tax off the table. Capital gains have to have a lower tax rate to encourage investment. Double taxation is unjust.

12/17/12 9:41 pm

It is my favorite app ;)

Tony SOH Founder
12/17/12 9:39 pm

I am honored that SOH has earned such an exclusive spot. Seriously.

PuppyLvr In love with Listgarten
12/17/12 9:19 pm

More complicated. I like a challenge.

12/17/12 9:16 pm

Rather simple - that's why I use the "Catch" notebook app instead of a more complex program like Evernote. And that's why I usually avoid isometric building games like tiny village with a gazillion options and play Zombie killers and such. 3D, move and fire :)

12/17/12 9:16 pm

I have my Windows with Internet Explorer and word. I have my IPhone with only three applications: Fox News, Tea Party Memo, and Show of Hands. I don't like all the new gadgets and gizmos that come with technology these days.

suppressedID anti Gilead
12/17/12 9:01 pm

My mind and jobs demand complexity.