Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 15th Jan 2013 22:29 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "In this article, I show at the transistor and silicon level. I've discussed the mathematics of the 6502 overflow flag earlier and thought it would be interesting to look at the actual chip-level implementation. Even though the overflow flag is a slightly obscure feature, its circuit is simple enough that it can be explained at the silicon level."
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RE[6]: Comment by MOS6510
by Alfman on Thu 17th Jan 2013 15:04 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by MOS6510"
Alfman
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2011-01-28

Laurence,

Yea, right? It used to be simple to direct users to the control panel and find something. Not long ago I was trying to find the control appet for a virtual CD rom, ridiculous... The wizards in place today have no hierarchy, you just dive in and start wading through wizards you don't want until you eventually get what you want. It's so incoherently organised and difficult to walk someone through over the phone.

Another change I find troubling are the missing icons in the icon tray, which can be extremely helpful in conveying information and controlling system daemons. We can turn it back on of course, but anyone who's ever given instructions to a technophobe over the phone knows what a PITA it is when windows may or may not have hidden some of the tray icons.

Worse yet, this leads to application vendors engineering around the missing tray icons in windows. Take a look at skype's solution, which makes the skype program unclosable in the application list. Click the "X", still there. Right click the running program and click "close", still there. This is infuriating application behaviour and yet I completely understand why they did it since they were compensating for poor windows behaviour. Users wouldn't be able to access a skype instance under hidden tray icons.


A far better solution to clean up the icon tray without crippling it IMHO would be to stop vendors from pre-loading all the unwanted bloatware responsible for polluting the icon tray in the first place.

/rant

Edited 2013-01-17 15:07 UTC

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