(Yes, I know this is a modded version of a Unix program, but I worked with an awful lot of
awful PC programs that looked pretty much the same)
Fortunately, computer companies moved away from such cluttered, optic-nerve-searing interfaces. They worked hard to make programs easier to use and look more like the natural world around the user. The color schemes were more restrained and the objects on the screen were made to look like ... well, actual objects.
(I tried to find a nice example from Microsoft, but they never were very good at making an attractive interface.
Some Windows versions were better than others)
With that in mind, you can probably imagine my reaction to the interface designs of the past couple of years. For some reason we've gone back to two-dimensional Angry Fruit Salads.
(I think Windows 8 may have been designed by retired Air Traffic Controllers)
(Apple's iOS 8 actually manages to one-up Microsoft by packing
more visual clutter into a smaller space)
Maybe this is some kind of strange nostalgia for the fashion of the 1980s. If so, I hope it passes just as quickly.