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 Adam Geitgey on Mon 12th Jul 2004 14:38 UTC

I think it's pretty funny that articles like this mostly get responses like the below:

"And as I say to people who just keep on complaining. Sell your computer, or do as Woz and Jobs did, build your own computer and OS."

I think the poster is expressing what bothers them on a day to day basis. There is nothing wrong with that. But there are reasons (good or bad) for most of the things being the way they are.

Bootloaders

Bootloaders on PCs are pretty horrible. But it is due to the history and backwards compatibility of still using a system roughly based on a design from 1980. This is the same reason we have things like text based bootup, no standard high-res modes without special drivers, silly 1980's looking BIOS screens, etc. For example, a lot of unix workstations not based on legacy IBM concepts aren't tied to this. Check out the bootloader stuff on a Sun or Mac sometime. Since it wasn't designed in 1980 and restricted by backwards compatibility, it's much nicer and more modern.

Boot time

Eventually, I think that it is unlikely that we will "boot" machines everyday. Think of a PocketPC or Palm device. You only boot them rarely when there is a catastrophic failure. Otherwise, they just suspend. Having to shut down a machine is a pretty archaic way to deal with it. Any new Mac laptop is already there. Just close it and it instantly goes to sleep. Open it back up and quickly (like 1 second), it is back and ready to use right where you left it. This will become standard. Then boot time will be mostly a memory, except when you add new hardware or something.

Multifunction keyboards

This is where the article starts to veer into plain whining ;) But whatever. I think this falls under "user preferences" and thus is hard to argue. There isn't a "correct" answer. But you can blaim (if you don't like them) the proliferation of extra bottoms on keyboard manufactorers. They have to compete in the market. If company X has lots of cool buttons and you have a plain keyboard to sell, you will want to add buttons to appeal to consumers. Since comsumers buy them, the process continues.

Mice

If you dislike mice, do as you do now and use a trackball. Most people can't stand trackballs. Again, user preference. However, it seems about 98% of the population prefers a mouse. If you do not, just use what you prefer. Neither are very expensive. Seems like a moot point since no one is preventing anyone for choosing what they want to use.

Fanaticism

Agreed. I think fanaticism is a very revealing indicator of inexperience or immaturity. But computers are hardly the only place you will have to deal with fanatics.