I guess; I'm just surprised, as it seems like there's not really anything out there that plays them any more other than legacy software. (Remember when MIDs were something you could just embed into a webpage and it'd work out of the box?)
Originally posted by TaraleEDIT: another theory has emerged, which is that the plumber did it, a few hours earlier. He would have used a grinder when he installed a tap in our back yard. It would have sent sparks flying. They would have smouldered for hours in the heat before… yeah.
Having bought a new laptop that had Windows 10 on it:
- The lack of customization really sucks. I want more than just a single goddamn color, and you can't even change inactive title bars. So if you're like me and you have 50 windows open, there's a bunch of blinding white everywhere
- I am really, really tired of not being able to update when I want. I'm sick of taking a nap to find all of my programs closed and my work lost because Windows thinks it knows better than I do.
- I am sick of the patronizing "we're hip now!" language. Rather than "5 updates ready to install" it's "We need your help to kick off some updates! Just a few more steps and we're done!" or "Hi, we've got lots of great new features to get excited about". It reminds me of some over-eager father figure and it sucks
- It's still completely fucked w/r/t the two different paradigms. If I want to change my keyboard repeat rate, now I have to dig through five menus to find the old control panel applet to do it, because the shiny new one won't let me. Half of the shit is spread out.
- The Metro interface is still a disgrace to UX. Whitespace, flat, it's all trash.
- Did you know Chrome is bad? Try Edge. Please. Love us.
- I can't just set what opens with what. Now Windows bundles a few specific file types in the menu, and trying to set those automatically (when I want to) fails and Windows helpfully reports there was a "problem" and resets it to its default.
- Scroll wheels are fucked up somehow. I don't know what they did, but everything either feels sluggish or way too fast.
- The constant reminders that it isn't my computer. "This PC". "Windows is a service". "We'll let you turn this option off for now, but it will turn on again tomorrow." No. Let me do what I fucking want and leave me alone. I feel like I'm using a goddamn "We'll turn off Wifi for a little while, but our stuff that requires it will still have access" iPhone.
- The Start menu sucks now; I don't want "tiles", I want a list like before, without huge letter headings taking up half the space. I can't even add my own programs to it! I can add them as a tile, but not to the list. What the fuck?
I feel like I have to fight the OS at every turn and I honestly miss Windows XP and Windows 7.
I don't know how you could improve the signage (heh) in Signpost; it works fine enough for me, other than sometimes it's a little difficult to tell which squares are complete versus those that still need attention.
There was a tweet a while ago about how "lazy" is a terrible and loaded term, and "demotivated" is a lot better in almost every case.
As for that, don't forget also that productivity has actually been increasing greatly, at least for the last several years. There is also a lot of fun in monitoring; 10-15 years ago nobody would care if you made a hamburger slightly slower than someone else, but now there's a bunch of monitoring and analytics and ~data driven bullshit~ forcing people to work as fast as they possibly can. And of course, most of these systems are automated, so there's no room for leniency. Doesn't matter if the last 20 items you had to scan and bag were awkwardly packaged or had the barcodes in difficult to scan parts; do it faster, peon.
Technology has largely made the job experience worse.