Please don’t give us software that works |

Here’s an odd backhanded compliment to Apple’s iLife software:

$800 Mac Mini? I’m all set, Apple | Education IT |

“However, even iLife has its drawbacks in an educational setting. It simply hands so much to the students that they struggle with software (whether Windows, Linux, or even pro-level software on the Mac) that isn’t so brilliantly plug and play. Yes, iLife rocks in many ways, but the level of spoonfeeding it encourages actually makes me think twice about using it widely, especially at the high school level.”

What’s the issue here? That the software is so easy to use that people might come to think computers are useful? That they’ll be frustrated with software that sucks and complain?

(Also, to kvetch, the software doesn’t encourage spoonfeeding although it might encourage dependency…)