Speaking as a software developer — Free42 and Plus42 are really a hobby that got out of hand, but programming is also my actual job — I have to disagree with the "more, faster, bigger" take on software development. There is a seeming infinity of things people could use computers for, and as hardware companies deliver ever faster CPUs and larger RAMs and disks, more and more of those things become practical. That seems to me to be a good thing. It's not developers coming up with more and more ways to waste CPU cycles, it's actual users with actual wishes and needs.
Having said that, I do have moments of nostalgia for the days when computers were simpler. I got started with the Commodore PET and the Commodore 64, and it was a lot of fun to make those machines perform clever and useful tricks, while one or two books provided exhaustive documentation of their hardware and ROM software.
But I wouldn't actually want to go back to that. Programming with the primitive IDEs we had back then, if we had IDEs at all? No thanks, that would be painful. Same for those ancient word processors. Or web browsers before CSS. No Internet. No streaming video. No relational databases. No C++ or Java or Python. No 24-bit color. Even vim would be too much for early computers to handle. I could go on.
Several years ago, a colleague threw out his old Macintosh LC. As an early Mac adopter myself — my first more-than-8-bit computer was the original Mac, followed by a Mac II a few years later — I took the machine to my office, hooked everything up, and turned it on. It was in excellent shape and it worked perfectly, but after 15 minutes, I put it back out in the hallway. My colleague was right, that thing was just not usable any more. Put it in a display case, sure, but not on the desk of someone who likes to get things done. :-D
6502 assembly language programming was fun though. I'll never deny that. 😇
Regarding custom keyboard maps: it is a mystery. Free42 has tens of thousands of users, and there must be at least a few hundred in places like Russia and Japan where they don't use QWERTY keyboards. I have gotten emails from some of them, but never about keyboard mapping problems. I find this surprising, but I'm not complaining, because, as I mentioned earlier, doing keyboard mapping in a way that works well for everyone out of the box is hard bordering on impossible. If people find the app good enough with its primitive keyboard maps, I'll count my blessings and let sleeping dogs lie.