Information

August 22nd, 2008

Pocket

I have Windows Vista.

I know, I know.

I didn’t choose it. It came with the laptop.

One of Vista’s interesting “features” is a pop-up to tell you that you have plugged in a jack whenever you plug in a jack. I’m struggling to see the benefit of that. It’s like your house telling you that you have opened the front door as you step over the threshold.

Imagine the irritation of your kettle constantly saying “You have unplugged me” and “You have plugged me back in again”.

It’s not like when your car tells you that one of the doors is open. That’s useful, because you might not be aware that one of the doors is open. But announcing “Someone has indicated left” when you have just indicated left?

Someone at Microsoft has too much time on their hands.

They have even chosen to use the passive voice.

As if someone sneaked up behind my laptop, concealed themselves behind a pad of Post-It notes and slipped me the jack while I wasn’t looking.

“A jack has been plugged in,” Vista helpfully informs me.

I KNOW! I KNOW A JACK HAS BEEN PLUGGED IN! I FUCKING PLUGGED IT IN! I KNOW! I KNOW, RIGHT?

3 Responses to “Information”

  1. wychwoodon 24 Aug 2008 at

    Computers often have far too much information -a s in your example – and at other times they have far too little.

    I wonder if transmitting the innumerable cries of frustration of computer users straight to the ears of software developers would help matters.

    I can dream, can’t I?

  2. Declan Chellaron 24 Aug 2008 at

    You should have a look at this then…
    Microsoft’s WSTP Programme

  3. wychwoodon 24 Aug 2008 at

    That’s hilarious :)

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