I ceratainly agree, Howard, with what you have said and I'm an avid reader/learner too.
But just an aside comment on your statement... "There's also a lot of thinking out there, among common consumers of advanced hardware, that the more we trend into ever more technologically complex products, the more the products should be intuitively usable..." ....
That was the genius of Steve Jobs, who built up Apple to do just that!
When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. - Ansel Adams