Oracle Financials is 20 this year. Joe managed to dig up a screen capture. I found a higher resolution HR one.
He refers to the cult of users who loved character mode because it was optimized for data entry and keystrokes, a totally lost art in applications today. Of course, Financials users at the time frequently had to hand-enter transactions in bulk, and data entry is a drag.
While in consulting, I worked on engagements where we were replacing dumb terminal screens built on a corporate mainframe with Oracle Applications, and wow, did I run into some cranky users whose productivity was severely impacted by the change in data entry from keyboard only to keyboard-mouse.
I have to say that they had valid points. Heads-down data entry requires repeatable and consistent keyboard-only input. Mousing wastes time. Tabbing wastes keystrokes. I always wondered whether they would ever get on board with the GUI movement.
Of course, data entry is a dying art due to system integration, automation and Interwebs-facilitated communication. Still, those apps were very targeted and did exactly what they were designed to do very well, albeit with a learning curve.
Do modern apps try to do too much? Do we expect more from them than we did?