Everybody knows what a console application is like: Sparse. Unfriendly. Terse. Mute. Spartan. It’s part of the code of console applications. If it has a drop-down menu or a configuration dialogue, you’re being spoiled. If it has some sort of splash screen, then you need to pinch yourself and make sure you’re not dreaming. If it is managable without an rc file, you should rub your eyes and make sure you’re not using Gnome.
It has to be this way. It is the law of the jungle. Console applications cannot take the time to help the user catch up. Console applications slice through the visual and reach the core of the matter, and if you can’t figure out how to configure or use them through experimentation, intuition or telepathy, then you’re better off going back to your GUI.
That’s why we, as computer users, can no longer allow a program like calcurse to exist.
What is this? A cleanly divided, clearly arranged user interface? A colorful, intuitive and attractive startup screen? Logical one-key commands and configuration options accessible through a dialogue menu?
This will never do. It is because of renegades and nonbelievers such as calcurse that computer users are becoming duller and insipid-er, less intuitive and more automatonic, less geeky and more funky.
No, no, no. calcurse is too easily configured for the average console program. It is too easy to arrange its options as you like, while you use it. It is too attractive, and has too many adjustable points — like color schemes! — to allow it to continue to propagate.
Disseminating a program like calcurse means other programs, like the immensely complex and hideously intricated oleo, will be cast aside in favor of colorful, adjustable, efficient and friendly alternatives. From there, it is a slippery slope. More dimwitted and ill-mannered users will demand console applications that are “pretty” and “fun to use.” Soon everyone will be using console applications, even junior high school boys.
And this can only lead to a mass-dumbing-down of computer users on the whole. Regular, everyday, average people will use console applications. Console applications will be available and accessible at every corner store, and in faraway lands where they do not have the most expensive and high-end systems available at inflated prices.
Friends, I implore you, as geeks, pseudogeeks, geek wannabes and educated computer enthusiasts: Eschew calcurse. Do not install it. Remove it from your ports tree or your /var/cache/apt/archives. Leave disparaging remarks about it on icanhascheezburger.com. Post lewd videos of it on YouTube. It threatens the future of computing, the future of console application superiority — and even the human race.
P.S.: I love this thing! It’s better than Osmo!
P.P.S.: Yes, I do actually try the applications you suggest, as this should prove. Now, where’s my working port for abook … ?