for The Rest Of Us

for The Rest Of Us

(abuse)
(From the Macintosh slogan "The computer for the rest of us") 1. Used to describe a spiffy product whose affordability shames other comparable products, or (more often) used sarcastically to describe spiffy but very overpriced products.

2. Describes a program with a limited interface, deliberately limited capabilities, non-orthogonality, inability to compose primitives, or any other limitation designed to not "confuse" a na?ve user. This places an upper bound on how far that user can go before the program begins to get in the way of the task instead of helping accomplish it.

Used in reference to Macintosh software which doesn't provide obvious capabilities because it is thought that the poor luser might not be able to handle them. Becomes "the rest of *them*" when used in third-party reference; thus, "Yes, it is an attractive program, but it's designed for The Rest Of Them" means a program that superficially looks neat but has no depth beyond the surface flash.

See also point-and-drool interface, user-friendly.
References in classic literature ?
It was very dull for the rest of us. The Story Girl sat rather sulkily in her corner; she was angry because Felicity would not let her make the rusks, and also, perhaps, a little vexed because she could not charm Great-aunt Eliza with her golden voice and story-telling gift.
As for the rest of us -- well, it is agreed that if any one of us ever escapes alive from this place, he will write the fact here, and loyally hide this Manuscript with The Boss, our dear good chief, whose property it is, be he alive or dead.
As a shopper of this area I can see why they complain but if they looked at these cars, more often than not it's the disabled drivers that park over dropped kerbs and on the double-yellow lines, blocking the access for the rest of us.
He has also written a book currently under review for publication: The Porpoise-Diving Life: Reality for the Rest of Us or Picking Up Where Purpose-Driven Peters Out.
If anything, let our future leaders be an example for the rest of us.
Friedman's "flat world" is so complex it will need new "guides" to lead the way for the rest of us.
At Home In The World: A Rule Of Life For The Rest Of Us by Margaret Guenther (Associate Rector, St.
Readers shouldn't fear that this book is geared only toward those actively pursuing art; it is also inspiring for the rest of us, reminding us to be true to ourselves.
For the rest of us, we will continue to welcome everyone who comes to the Episcopal Church.
This month Rabbi James Rudin, formerly of the American Jewish Committee, will publish a new book titled The Baptizing of America: The Religious Right's Plans for the Rest of Us.
For the rest of us, this book is worth exploring if you're curious, find satisfaction in pondering the puzzling relationship of art and meaning and are willing to put up with an undulating path that moves through self-conscious and sometimes thickly academic language to a clear and sometimes passionate appreciation of the music chosen for scrutiny.
But for the rest of us desktop users, life is quite difficult enough without having to dramatically rotate the upper part of the body to work out what the rest of the site contains.