Yet another reason to hate VISTA
I understand that a company does customer research; or we hope they do, but certain Cola companies, as well as Wendy’s seem to just skip over that step. And, in doing their research, let us say that Microsoft has found that their customers want them to use an icon for a key that holds the shut-down, sleep, hibernate modes.
You know there are a lot of things that could work for that, a shut eye, a pillow, a sleeping baby, a bunch of zzzzz’s, a hibernating bear. I’m sure you can think of better ones, so what world do the Microsoft Designers live in where an arrow pointing right means “shut-down, go to sleep, hibernate.”
Granted, I may not be the smartest bulb around but I have, as I so often tell you, used computers since the KAYPRO. And, it took us a while to actually find where they put the Shut-down, on the thing. Obviously, since it was nearly in the same spot, it should not have taken that long, but it did. It just wasn’t obvious.
When the personal computer came out, I think they wanted to encourage people and let them know that everyone could use it. Now, their goal seems to be to make you work for it. They want you to hire techs to show you how awesome their new version is. Hence, the idiot insulting commercial they play now; insinuating that all those new VISTA owners are only complaining because they cannot figure it out.
I envision Microsoft designers, sitting around, drinking Margaritas.
Designer #1 says, “Hey, you know what would be fun? Let’s move all those things that have become automatic for people and watch them fumble for months with their new computer.”
Designer #2 says, “Yeah, Dude, I love to watch those idiots screw up simple stuff.”
Designer #3, wakes up and goes, “Ya really want to mess with their minds? Play with Sticky keys. They get so frustrated when they accidently turn them on.”
Designer #1 agrees, “Yeah, and put Help and Support so they can only access it from online. They’ll hate that one.”
Designer #2, “Okay, but we gotta find something that they can’t find when they need, like in Control Panel.” He giggles and New Coke drizzles out his nose.
Designer #3, obviously the man with all the really GOOD ideas, “Yeah, that’s good, they’ll go to Control Panel and get confident they know what they’re doing and then they go to Accessibility Options and it’s not there. Let’s rename it so they have to search for it.”
Designer #1, “I got it, rename it EASE OF ACCESS CENTER. Then it’s on a whole other row.
Designer #2, “Okay, but ya gotta change the icon too so they don’t find it right away.”
AND, in their brain dead state, they do all that and more and then insult me by telling me that I only need someone to show me how to use it. I know the #%!% how to use it, it just doesn’t work.
JRockGuitarMan’s VISTA challenged computer was stuck on numeric lock for the alpha keys for three days. Granted, I should have figured it out sooner. It was really simple but I got stuck, myself, on the idea that it was a “Sticky Keys” issue, thus finding out that the only way to Access Help is by going on-line and that, for some unknown reason, they changed Accessibility Options to Ease of Accessibility, so the first time you go for it you have to search.
Today, I realized his computer had a simple fix with the Fn key and the “Scroll/lock” key and now he can type normal again. So many things do not work on VISTA, like any software I have or purchased right before I bought it, that I’m expecting everything to be difficult. Shame on me! Now, onto the next problem – why did his voice recognition quit working?
However, I, a died in the wool defender of Bill Gates and Microsoft for years, declare it officially now: Microsoft VISTA STINKS!!
As if I did not know that already.