Linked by Kostis Kapelonis on Mon 29th Nov 2004 18:55 UTC
Editorial The IT sector today is a complete mess. The end-users rarely understand this, but most insiders reach a point when they realize that things should be different. The problems are numerous but they all reduce to a basic principle. IT and consumer electronics companies are interested more about money than helping people solve their problems. Of course companies need to make a profit and nobody denies that. They should however make money by helping people and not by creating more problems for them.
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by Luke McCarthy on Mon 29th Nov 2004 22:05 UTC

Why have a defragging application on its own? Why doesn't the computer defrag itself when idle?

Windows XP does this as far as I know. Mac OS X does something similar. Defragging is only really needed for piss-poor filesystems like FAT.

Why do we have a save function in Word 2003? The same function existed 9 years ago in Word 6.

Agree on this one.

The classic one is "why do I need a thing called Nero to write a CD and can't just drag and drop the files on the CD as I do with the floppy?"

Uhh, limitations in the technology. CD-Rs are write-once, can't get around that.

Imagine a user who inserts a DVD full of digital images in the drive and wants to show a specific image to his/her friends. The search function will be slow (4.5GBs hold many images), the "recently opened" list doesn't apply (since the DVD has never been inserted before).

This is unfair. No way around this either. Come back in 2030* when we have optical discs that can read 4.5GB in a second or so.

* Rule number one of prediction: don't make predictions!