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Asinine Use{less|r} Interfaces

Me, using Kindle DX:
[Scroll down to and click]
Sync & Check for Items

Kindle DX:
Turn wireless on?
Your Kindle wireless is turned off. Do you want to turn wireless on?
[cancel] [ok]

"Well, duh. Didn't I just specifically . . . ?<sigh>
[Clicks [ok]]

Kindle DX:
No new items.

I turn wireless back off and power down Kindle DX. I then grab my smaller Kindle and run through approximately the same steps, except I have to login on my work wifi, which means typing using the five-button interface, which blows, but hey.

Me, using Kindle 4:
[opens book]
[It's on the wrong page, because I read some of it on the DX. I want to sync.]
[scrolls down to and selects]
Sync to Furthest Page Read

Kindle 4:
Syncing to Furthest Page Read

You are currently at location xx. The furthest read location is xxx, from "Gary's DX" at hh:mm PM EDT today. Go to that location?
[cancel] [ok]

[clicks on [ok]]

Kindle 4:
Are you sure you wish to...

No! By golly-gosh, I'm not sure! I just went through several minutes of deliberately navigating to and clicking on menu choices randomly and have no desire to do the goddamned thing I actually asked you to fucking do, and even verified that, yes, that is what I wanted to do!

<pant pant>

Sorry. But I just loathe it when people don't give design decisions much thought. When would I ever NOT want to sync after specifically asking it to sync? I can see not automatically syncing if, say, I were sharing the Kindle account with someone, and by syncing, I overwrote where I am with where they are. Or vice versa. But this?


This is right up there with things like Windows interrupting your typing in one window to bring up another window. Because what I'm actively doing right now can't possibly be as important as whatever stupid thing the OS feels like I have to know, right now. I can't tell you how many times someone in a chat window has gotten something like
return S_OK;

because they made the unpardonable error of IMing me with something like "Hey." and Windows thought, "Oh! He's typing code in his development window, but this IM is so much more important, so I'll just bring it up in the foreground and intercept the typing! Because that's a great idea!"

(Yes, I'm fairly sure Windows is sentient and really stupid. What? You can't prove it's not.)


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Aug. 26th, 2013 08:25 pm (UTC)
Yes, all of it.

One used to run into this in Zork -- light lamp. you are not holding the lamp -- but that was thirty years ago...
Aug. 26th, 2013 08:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah. There's a reason I didn't play those games much. :) Although it was fun seeing how the programmers thought to have the game respond to things like "Fuck you."

One I remember responded with something like, "This computer not have any ports to accommodate your request."
Aug. 27th, 2013 02:20 am (UTC)

Oh, and, discovering one has been typing into a randomly opened window? All the damn time!
Aug. 27th, 2013 07:44 am (UTC)
I can't prove that Windows is sentient and really stupid.

But I can prove that Steve Ballmer is sentient and really stupid.

I've been running Windows 8 for months now (only because I have customers that do). Every time I use it, I still get the feeling that Ballmer is playing a joke on me.

"Haha! You bought an operating system, but we gave you an interactive joke! I've been getting drunk and thinking about doing this for years and I finally just said, I'm a billionaire, WHY THE FUCK NOT?!?"

Hmm. I guess "really stupid" is the wrong descriptor. Something between "mean" and "evil" would be more accurate.
Sep. 3rd, 2013 12:05 pm (UTC)
being sure
i always hate it when they ask me if i'm sure. thats not really what they want to know. whether you're sure or not is irrelevant.
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