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Stupidware

Jan 29, 2010, 18:03 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ian MacGregor)

[ Thanks to Ian MacGregor for this link. ]

"The computer has become an integral part of life these days, and along with them comes the need for good software. There are many ways to write good software but the best software begins with a good set of options. Among those options, in my opinion, should be a setting to turn off "needless, idiotic prompts that serve no purpose other than to waste our time".

"For example, I click a button and a small message pops up asking me "are you sure you want to do this?" "No, I'm not sure I wanted to do that.. I just clicked that button so you could waste my time with stupid questions." There is even one particular web interface in which the user must highlight an item, check its checkbox and then click the delete button. Highlighting it won't check the checkbox, and checking the checkbox won't highlight it. And the item must be highlighted, and the checkbox must be checked, before the delete button becomes enabled."

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