Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd Jan 2010 17:06 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Taking a break from reporting on the latest netbook or phone rumours, Engadget posted an article yesterday about several elements in desktop operating systems writer Paul Miller finds outdated. While there's some interesting stuff in there, there's also a lot to discuss.
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Going to add a few of my own ...
by WorknMan on Fri 22nd Jan 2010 18:17 UTC
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I've got a few gripes of my own. These may be specific only to windows, but whatever:

1. Developers trying to cater to iTards by adding custom skins on their apps so that the interface on most of them looks like a huge catastrophe of ass. And this is only going to get worse with things like WPF, where they can make widgets sing and dance if they want to. I guess the concept of having a unified look and feel across the OS doesn't compute with these people. It also sucks because I can't use scripting to control programatically a lot of the non-standard GUI controls that they use.

2. Lack of portability. Why the hell are developers still using the Windows registry? What purpose does that serve, exactly? Why not just have the config files in the program directory, so I can copy it to a USB stick and use it on whatever computer I happen to be working on? Makes backups easier too. And oh yeah, stop charging for USB-friendly versions, you greedy f**ks.

3. There needs to be a unified system that all apps use to announce that there's an update, so I can have ONE notification alert every week or so to let me know that some of my programs need updating. Right now, I've got all kinds of apps (legitimate ones) trying to start up 'update agents' at system startup and displaying balloons in the system tray all the time. It's madness.

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