Despite being a byte-head by trade in First Life, I'm often a DEU (dumb end user) of software when I'm not working. I just want things to go. We should be far past the point where you have to be a programmer to use a piece of software. If a software application is too complicated, I tend to stick with a simplified way of using it if possible. For example, there are many features in Microsoft Word that I've never bothered to learn. I haven't had to.
As well, thinking of Second Life in particular, if I haven't used some feature or command for a long time, I forget that it's there. I'm more interested in living my second life than in exploring the SL client, so I'm sure I'm missing a bunch of stuff that might actually be useful to me. And some of it is dead simple.
I didn't get any suggestions after I posted my photo entry, but I have to think at least someone who read it was thinking, "It's <Alt>click, stupid!" <Alt>click and <Alt>zoom. D'oh! Couldn't be simpler. I learned about those things when I was new. I'd just completely forgotten.
I took my new-found knowledge for a spin last night at Velvet owner Pushbutton Skolnik's rez-day pool party. Here is a gratuitous bikini shot of DJ Vivianne all oiled up (how did she do that?) and dancing up a storm. She was on the other side of the pool from where I was dancing. I zoomed the camera over there and got a decent picture with very little effort.
I still have to watch out how I use it, especially if I'm suffering from lag. My view went outside the club a couple times, and I think it almost went into the washroom once. But it's not hard to get back. Just have to move yourself a bit.
Oh, sometimes I learn everything the hard way, and definitely the slow way. This should really speed up my studio work, though, and not try the patience of my models quite so much.