Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 12th Jul 2004 08:45 UTC
Editorial This article describes some of my annoyances in computing. If you had any problems reading this article, then skip this one. It will only be a waste of your time. There are a lot of annoying things in the wonderful world of computing. Of course, nothing is perfect, but that doesn't mean we are not allowed to complain and scream and throw our keyboards at our monitors when yet another irritation pops up.
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by PG on Mon 12th Jul 2004 09:10 UTC

1) Bootloaders
Not many users have to deal with bootloaders. Those that do know how to handle them. Windows screwed your MBR and removed LILO/grub? Boot into Linux rescue mode and fix it. Don't use Linux but only Windows? Either learn to boot into rescue mode and call those *few* commands, or you can fork out money to get someone to do it for you. Think about a puncture on a bike. Most people who ride bikes may not have the know how to fix punctures, but its a simple process. They can either bring it to the shop to get it fixed, or they can learn how to do it themselves.

2) Boot time
Operating systems are getting more complex and they need to load various drivers, set up network interfaces, start various services at startup. 0 second boot time is impractical. However, for day to day use, something similar to instant on functionality can be achieved. Its called sleepmode. Most people don't need to shutdown their machines, they can easily put it to sleep. Apple has managed to do it so that Macs instantly recover from sleep. Linux falls way short in this areas, especially on notebooks. Windows better, but no way near the speed of OS X.

3)Multi function keyboards.
Just ignore the keys if you don't like them. No one is forcing you to use those keys....

4)Mice
Well, you've solved your problem by buying a track ball. Most people don't have problems with mice, and I disagree when you say that using a trackball produces less strain than using a mouse. A good posture and one of those mouse pads that has the added gel 'hump' for you to rest your wrists on helps.

All in all, an article with some interesting points raised. However, its more of an opinion piece and many of the gripes aren't really gripes. Maybe you need to chill out, and not get so annoyed by these things ;-)