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 mortee on Mon 12th Jul 2004 20:58 UTC

No matter what others do say, I think you're damn right on most points.

With a little bit of value-based development (as opposed to market-based), and some tendency to agree on clever standards, it would be trivial to make a much better and much more reliable BIOS loader.

Also, with more clever mixture of hardware (e.g. persistent caches where appropriate), and better use of persistence and on-demand loading in software, instant-on would also be possible. And I have to say, it should be also - there's something really wrong with computers while it takes more time to start my computer than my (theoretical) TV, or calculator.

Also, I can only very enthusiastically support your opinion on keyboards. Either crappy quality, or bloat. I'm hunting for a decent keyboard for more than two years now, without real success. I'd be pleased if you'd share with me privately where you've found a good one. (I specified my email address for this comment. Thanks in advance.)

Regarding mice - well, I'm not happy with mice either, but I don't see trackballs as a real enhancement. Please wake me when the Minority Report stuff becomes real; or, even better, when I can control my cursor with my two pretty eyes! (: (I have to add, I don't find this latter all that impossible - one or two webcams, and some clever processing algorithms could make it happen, I'm quite sure.)

As for fanatism - I mostly just ignore it. It mostly works also - so far...

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