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Comment Re:Come on... (Score 1) 234

My issue is with the flavor of the month, particularly on mobile apps and websites. I don't know why there is a drive to re-design the UI every 6 months.

I agree on Ribbon. After getting used to it at my previous job (which really didn't take that long), it felt like a step back when I started at a company that still used Office XP, and it was funny in 2012 to hear the same complaints from 2007 when we moved to Office 2010, though the complaints went away within a few months. While I understand the desire to customize, most of the time Office 2003 ends up looking like this as toolbars get randomly dragged around and random addons get installed. I also can't stand Office 2003's random auto-collapsing menubar as it usually hides the items I'm looking for (though on my computer I always disabled that functionality). With Ribbon in the overwhelming cases buttons don't move so you can sit at a different user's computer and everything is where it should be. They also well implemented hotkeys (ALT+ hotkeys are virtually unchanged from Office 2003).

Microsoft's implementation of Ribbon looks like it's well researched based on most commonly used items before implementation. Outlook wasn't "ribbonized" in 2007, they waited till 2010. Windows explorer wasn't "Ribbonized" until Windows 8. Ribbon automatically compacts itself as the horizontal resolution is decreased. With previous versions of office, toolbars would randomly reorganize themselves and take more vertical resolution. Contrary to popular belief, ribbon takes the same amount of vertical resolution as the default toolbar configuration + menu bar in Office 2003, not more. Ribbon also can collapse (through the "^" on the far right, by double clicking the tab titles, or pressing Ctrl+F1), and will take even less vertical space than 2003, which is dandy when trying to collaborate on a high density spreadsheet on a 1024x768 projector.

I have seen terrible third party implementations of Ribbon, but I think Microsoft has done their homework. They have also learned from their mistakes. When they released 2007, they offered the "Quick Access Toolbar" as a compromise to complete customization. In Office 2010 they moved from the Office "Orb" (trying to mirror the Start button) that people thought was a decoration , to the "File" tab. They also added more customization ability. After Office 2013 with the ALL CAPITAL TABS, and the jarring full screen FILE menu this is questionable.

That said overall Office Ribbon has been fairly consistent since 2007. So if you haven't adjusted after 9 years, I should probably get off your lawn.

Windows 8 I agree the start menu was a disaster. Very jarring for a desktop user to go to the full screen start screen. All start menu folder structure was also lost. Classic shell made short work of that, though it shouldn't require a third party app. Settings are also a disaster. Half are desktop based control panels, have are slide in Metro style menus. Very inconsistent. To their credit the Win+X menu is a nice nod to power users.

Windows 10 replaced the jarring full screen start screen with a mini start screen that still lost the folder structure, has the search feature that was there since Vista (though faster in third party apps like Launchy), and tries to push annoying live content. Windows 10 also still has jarring desktop vs Metro configuration menus, plus the fact that you give up all control of your computer.

Comment Re:Come on... (Score 2) 234

I agree on software footprint / resources.

The other thing I wonder about is continual refactoring of UI.
-Desktop GUI
-Touch GUI

Those are three distinct usage modes that the UI has to be refactored for an app to go between them. I'm not talking about that.

But every time I update apps on my phone, usually they change the UI for no apparent reason other than trying to mimic the latest Android release "lets make them flat ugly colours this time!"

Chrome changes UI at random too "Lets make the 'hamburger menu' three dots now instead of three lines!"

Firefox: Self explanatory.

Apps, programs, and websites keep feeling the need to redesign their UI, usually without any real improvement to user experience.

Comment Re:"IT" is on its way out (Score 1) 272

Meanwhile while Intel US was making the steaming pile of shit known as Netburst / Pentium 4, Intel Israel made "Pentium M", originally designed for laptops, but what eventually became the Core family of processors when Netburst was thrown wholesale into the garbage.

Intel US at that time was more of a liability.

Comment Re:First the headphone jack, now this! (Score 1) 76

Apple just removed tethering from the iPhone! Totally ridiculous! Next they'll remove ringers, vibration, and screens, and we'll just have a black slab of glassy smooth...

Damn.. That will probably look really fucking good... Shut up and take my money!

That whole "screen" thing really does significantly contribute to the size of a smart phone. Removing it would be revolutionary; nay evolutionary; nay - it would be the iPhone 8:P

You're left with the 3rd generation iPod Shuffle... less the headphone jack.

Comment Re:Solution, the Internet Archive !!!! (Score 1) 348

I have a 20 year old Panasonic Laptop, that at the the time I bought it used (12 years ago), I could not for the life of me find Windows 98 drivers for the Cardbus slot. Panasonic had PDF manuals, other drivers (CD, Graphics, sound), and mentioned names of the files I needed to add to my Windows 98 config.sys, but I couldn't find the files.

I happened to find on Google's Usenet archive a user on a city's buy&sell that bought the same laptop model, struggled to find drivers, then said he found them. Searching recent posts of the same group, the user was still active, and I found his new email address. I emailed him, he had since gotten rid of the laptop, had himself moved to Linux (Mandrake if I recall), but searched his archives and found the drivers. I still owe a beer to a guy in Ottawa.

Since then I always archive a copy of all drivers for a computer when I acquire it. Especially if I have to go through any extraneous effort.

Comment Re:Scan your signature (Score 1) 250

That is what I meant by "e-sign". They rejected it. They could tell because there were several pages requiring signatures, and they were all exactly the same. They can also tell by the size/speed of the transfer. If only the sig is a scanned image the transfer will be much smaller than if the whole page is rasterized.

As much as hospitals charge, do you seriously believe that they aren't staffed up enough to detect fax cheaters?

Could they also tell by the crispness of the fax? I remember being amazed 20 years ago at how aligned and clear things I "printed" with my "fax modem" were. Any time you fax something physical it's every so slightly crooked and jaggy.

10 years ago I remember when the "scanner" on the Multifunction machine at the office actually faxed it, complete with header, and it would end up on the network. I gave up and scanned things with my digital camera.

At my current job, for the past 6 years, I think I've only HAD to send 3 faxes. I usually insult the recipient each time. This works best when they are your customer.

Comment Re:Just don't buy HP (Score 1) 250

Laser printer... No clogged heads, dried ink, etc....

While old HP Laserjets are legendary, even my clearance model 5 year old Samsung Monochrome laser all in one is great when I need to print off the very rare printout... I still have the original ream of paper I bought with it.

That was the last printer I bought. I've had good luck with a couple low end Samsung Monochrome lasers before it.

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