June 27th, 2008

Captain Obvious

BillG on Windows usability, circa 2k3.


I am quite disappointed at how Windows Usability has been going backwards and the program management groups don't drive usability issues. Let me give you my experience from yesterday.

I decided to download (Moviemaker) and buy the Digital Plus pack ... so I went to Microsoft.com. They have a download place so I went there. The first 5 times I used the site it timed out while trying to bring up the download page. Then after an 8 second delay I got it to come up.

This site is so slow it is unusable.

It wasn't in the top 5, so I expanded the other 45. These 45 names are totally confusing. These names make stuff like: C:\Documents and Settings\billg\My Documents\My Pictures seem clear. They are not filtered by the system ... and so many of the things are strange.

I tried scoping to Media stuff. Still no moviemaker. I typed in movie. Nothing. I typed in movie maker. Nothing. So I gave up and sent mail to Amir saying - where is this Moviemaker download? Does it exist?

So they told me that using the download page to download something was not something they anticipated.


http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/microsoft/archives/141821.asp
Trajedy... for YOUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!

Sharp objects(?) and gas masks(!!) banned at anti-DNC protests.


http://www.guerrillanews.com/headlines/17768/DNC_Protest_Ordinance_Passed_in_Colorado

More (lots) to say about this later...


Alright, so, you probably know what I'm going to say. But for the record:

Political protest is a fundamental right, guaranteed against interference by the government by the 1st Amendment. Whether I agree with anti-DNC protestors or not (and I most certainly do not) to take away their right to political protest is not just illegal, it's wrong. It is not too strong to call a police state tactic, if not downright fascist.

The "no gas masks" thing is particularly unbelievable. You want to talk about giving away your future plans? Shit man, they want to be able to gas protesters with impunity!

The mass arrests at the RNC convention in NYC in 2k4 were obviously completely unconstitutional, and the courts affirmed that. We must not, can not stoop to that level. Not unless we want to be just as bad as the NeoCons.


Keep one thing in the forefront of your mind: The USA is going to have its first black president elected by the end of this year, and there's not a damn thing any amount of protesting at a political convention can do about it.