It's been just over a year since I escaped from Blackboard. I spent some time today getting acquainted with Balsamiq Mockups, software that's all about what Blackboard isn't. User experience.
I remembered all the posts I'd written about UX, and all the rants I wanted to write but didn't.
I remembered technologies like Second Life that I slaved through learning how to use. And what about Flash circa 2003? The most recent was Aegishub for subtitling.
I feel like a war veteran, wearing that pride of having toughed it out.
But I've stopped toughing it out. I started saying "It's not you, it's the software. It sucks." And I stopped using it, or never started.
Thank you Don Norman for turning the light on.