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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The Not So Annoying World Of Computing
by Craig Oley on Thu 15th Jul 2004 22:57 UTC

The computing world to some does seem like a very daunting and annoying place. Thom Holwerda, in his article “The Annoying World of Computing” on, states his annoyances with what he considers useless technology. However, each portion of technology has its reason and importance. Unfortunately, some of the parts are annoying, but to try to change them to make them less annoying would be an impossible task. To change how BIOS and bootloaders work together, all computer companies across the globe would need to band together and come up with a better way to do it. However, if someone is having trouble with their individual bootloader, they can design their own or pay a few dollars and get a better one. However, the only person that would be having trouble with a bootloader that is not “newbie friendly” is a person who knows more than a newbie about computers. Patience is often a virtue in the world of technology a lot of times, especially if one does not have the top of the line products. For instance, it does take time to load operating systems because of the complexity of the processes running in the background. Also, webpages do not always load simultaneously unless one is willing to shovel out loads of money for very high speed internet. These issues are things we all have to deal with, unless we are willing to pay a great amount of money because we are impatient.
One of the many things that is nice about computing, especially for impatient or lazy people, are the devices that make common tasks easier. Multifunction keyboards are an example of this. I know for me personally, I can adjust the volume on my music, change tracks, or open up my Windows calculator while typing a paper without having to open up any other applications. For me and many other people I know this is a huge convenience. I do not have to take time and lose my train of thought. Also, if anyone is having trouble finding keyboards, I suggest they just search on the internet for the phrase “buy computer keyboards”. I found a search result of over a million resources, and yes, many non-multifunction keyboards.
Normal mice are another useless product on the market now, as listed by Mr. Holwerda. Most people use normal mice on their personal computers. In fact, the majority of computers bought from companies come with normal mice. Mr. Holwerda talks about the considerable amount of desk space that they take up. However, they take up approximately a quarter of a square foot. The majority of trackball mice I have seen are at least 3” x 6”, which is about half the space. Also, if one is having trouble with moving their arm or wrist too much, they can turn up their mouse sensitivity and the problem should be alleviated.
Being a person who knows a lot about computers myself, I resent the fact that anyone would consider me to be annoying just because I know more than the average person about this field. I personally have never “hated” anyone because they know more than me about a subject. I do not see the need to attack a group of people just because they may be smarter than you. However, with the great ideas of totally changing technology, I can see how someone would get annoyed with a person that like the old style of computing that currently works fine.