I'm disillusioned by the way the world is run, anyway - but I can see a trend, and I have disliked it for a long time. I'm fed up of the way that software works slowly. In the 80s I had a computer, that computer took a while to boot up. Over twenty years later, and I still have to wait THE SAME few minutes for the computer to boot up. Run a spreadsheet, it still takes THE SAME few seconds as it did in 1987 to process a row. When I was young, we had valve radios, and you had to wait for the valves to warm up before anything happened. Transistor radios removed the waiting time - turn the radio on, and it worked. There are other analogies, like go back to steam driven cars - they lost out to petrol because of the warm up time. I knew a man (sadly dead now) who had a Stanley steam car from 100 years ago, which would work as well as anything if you waited a couple of minutes for a head of steam to build. WHY does the world put up with this rubbish programming? Go back to the 1980s and spreadsheet or database processes took a few seconds, on a 4.88MHz processor with 8 bit registers and a hard disk with a 20ms response time. They still take the same time on modern equipment - we are all conditioned to "the wait". The only differences I can see since the 80s - Bill Gates is very rich, and has a lot less in the way of competitors these days.