My question is, is this the right thing to do? If all goes well, I'd be allowing the differently clued to use a powerful, Free utility. However, I'll also be contributing (perhaps trivially) to the general dumbing-down of software to cater to the lowest common denominator.
You are completely missing the point here! People should NOT HAVE TO KNOW HOW THEIR WELDER WORKS! Do you think most automobile drivers know or care how their car works? No, of course not! For the welder to be useful as a tool, it must be easy to use.
SOME people might like doing a proper job and knowing how not to hurt myself or others, but by no means should the average user have to know what a 'safety goggle' or 'acetelyne-oxygen mix' is.
Sorry to flame, but I'm just so sick of the 'religious' attitude amongst welding experts (especially factory ones) that there is some kind of virtue to having a welder be excessively complicated and hard to use. It's just a tool!
So my answer is yes, removing those hard to use valves, and putting a quick lighter on the wand would be a good thing to do. You could even charge a small shareware fee for those who find it useful. .. and if it saves someone the trouble of having to waste hours reading instruction and safety, excellent, you've done a great job.
Note: Actually, I think a GUI for Junkbuster would be a good idea, as long as it guides the user to prevent them from accidentally blocking off too much, causing them to go ``well why the hell should I use this.'' I just find the blanket arguments that ``computers should be easy to use'' to be incredibely naive. Especially when hacking and DDOS are real threats, so someone misusing their computer, or having it set up incorrectly, is a threat to themselves and others.
One thing I would recommend; if you know how to program in something more portable than VB, please do, so that non-Windows users can use the same program! If not, a VB program is better than nothing!.
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