John C. Dvorak, enjoys being a contrarian. Dr. August Dvorak and his brother-in-law, Dr. William Dealey developed the Dvorak Simplified Keyboard, patented in 1936. Dvorak proponents claim the Dvorak layout uses less finger motion, increases typing rate, and reduces errors compared to the standard QWERTY keyboard. It did not catch on and is little used. It too was contrarian.
I don’t know if the good doctors and John Dvorak are related. What I do know, is that Mr. John Dvorak has been pretty unitormly wrong in his contrarian predictions over the years. For example, in 1984 as a writer for the San Francisco Examiner, he wrote “The Macintosh uses an experimental pointing device called a ‘mouse’. There is no evidence that people want to use these things.”
So his latest column in PC Magazine, entitled, “Google’s Inevitable Ruin Begins” needs to be taken, how shall we say this delicately, with a grain of salt. His subtitle is, “Google image search and page preview mode are omens to the beginning of the end, trust me.” What is his objection? Google improved its image search capabilities. Dvorak says, “Now when you do an image search, Google loads up one massive page with apparently every image it could find, most of which are not remotely what you were interested in. Instead of the single page of thumbnails, you get over 20 pages of large thumbnails all on the same huge page.” So I put Google to the test. I typed in John C. Dvorka, and clicked in “Images. ” Instantly, I got loads of images of Mr. Dvorak. Here’s one:
He dubbed the widely-used and much lauded Creative Commons license developed by Prof. Lawrence Leesing “humbug.” ” He also called it, “one of the dumbest initiatives ever put forth by the tech community.” Mr. Dvorak also doesn’t like page preview mode, calling it “basically stupid.”
He also rants about hating the cloud.
And so on.
You get the idea.
He reminds me the advice I often give to people. I tell them, “I can make you a lot of money in real estate. All you have to remember is, whatever I advise, do the opposite.”
Same for Mr. Dvorak’s advice on computing.
Pay attention. Listen carefully, and do exactly the opposite.