the problem is if I need them very seldom, I cant figure out how to use them when I need them ...
For some people, it works best having all the options right in front of their eyes (even though those look REALLY ugly), while for others it's better to remember the keywords.
I share those views too.
I've always felt that if you couldn't figure out how to use the tools at your disposal, you didn't deserve to find what you were looking for. If not for over-simplification for those not inclined to figure things out for themselves, the Internet would be a much bigger place. It'd be more like DonationCoder and less like teh kidz chattin it up wit a/s/l and lolzors.
I for one, want the Internet to become harder to use!
Don't want to drift off-topic but... Why oh why should it be hard to use... Since when "hard to use" was a synonym for quality, performance, "better", etc.? I for one, want the internet to be as easy to use as possible, when possible. Which doesn't mean that it should be simplistic and without potential. But I just hate
complexity for its own sake, like errrr... Jean François Lyotard or Jacques Lacan's books.
I can certainly see how that the webpage mentioned above can be better for some. The original Google page couldn't be simpler to use, sure. But its function is certainly different. It's a BRU type of webpage -- ok, bad comparison.
The internet can/is already be that "bigger" place. There is room for everyone and everything, and IMO this is one great aspect of it.