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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Re: Eric Garland (IP: ---.ne.client2.attbi.com)
by drsmithy on Tue 30th Nov 2004 01:46 UTC

It does suck. It sucks because it takes up highly valuable 1'st tier space with "My Pictures, My Music, My Documents, and Set Program Access and Defaults" all of which I almost never access (Yes, I know you can remove them.)

The reason you never use them is probably because you have your own directory structures and are set in your ways, as I said. Remember, for the typical ignorant user, their documents *will* be in My Documents, their music *will* be in My Music and their pictures *will* be in My Pictures. Hence that first-tier space isn't "wasted" because it offers quick and direct access to frequently-(or what should be frequently) accessed objects.

Personally I moved my data file structure under My Documents once I saw the new setup. Accessing my data now is quick and easy.

The "Set Program Access and Defaults" I'll agree with, though ;) . I suspect it has to be so prominent because of the antitrust case.

It sucks because it violates object permanence.

That's the nature of recently used lists. Personally I think the recently used programs list is worth keeping the new Start Menu on its own.

Unlike most people I purposely organize my start menu and I want certain things in certain places. It sucks because I can't put only the things I want in it. It has 2 main advantages, the 2 columns and the recently used list. Neither of them are worth giving up the ability to customize the menu.

It's worth pointing out that the Start Menu *is* meant for "most people" and you may not fit that mold. However, I really suspect the big problem you're having is trying to use the new system like the old one, not trying to use the new system how it is supposed to be used.

I spent a week or two using the new Start Menu and now I can't live without it. The recently used programs list, quick access to My Documents, Control Panel, Favourites, My Computer, etc. It's so much better than the old one going back is frustrating.