December 1st, 2003

sleepy

things that bug me

Voice dialog with way-too-long pauses between lines.


"Hey! Guys!"

(several second pause)

"Yes?"

(several second pause)

"Have you seen my friend?"

(several second pause)

"No. Is she missing?"

(several second pause)

"Yes! I can't find her anywhere! I'm going to go look for her!"

(several second pause)

"Don't be too hasty now!"

(several second pause)

"But-"

(several second pause)


Ugh, you get the idea.
sleepy

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Brilliant interface design 101:

This particular Bittorrent client I have has a slider to change the upload bandwidth. The slider begins at 0 (aka "unlimited") and ends at 5000k/s. It is approximately 100 pixels long.

End result: You can change your upload bandwidth in increments of 50k/s. If you want to cap it to, say, 20k/s . . . or, indeed, anything that isn't a multiple of 50k/s . . . you have to use the text box.

Why they didn't make it a logarithmic slider, I don't know.

Actually, I do know - it's because interface design is tough, everyone thinks they're an expert, and once again, open-source produces an interface that is technically perfect and yet totally useless. Honestly - if the free software foundation wants to use its money well, all it needs to do is hire UI consultants. Open-source coders practically grow on trees, but they end up doing fantastic interface designs like this one.

(Update: It's better than I thought. The text box *doesn't work* - it doesn't update. The only things that work are the slider (useless for the aforementioned reasons), the little up/down arrows next to the text box that only work in increments of 50, and the prestored settings, which go straight from 12k/s to 40k/s. Real smooth, guys. I'd love to set it to 20k/s, but your program won't let me.)

(Another update: Okay, *now* I get it. When you set the prestored settings, it changes the slider ranges. Of course. I mean, what else would it do - change the numbers and leave the sliders ranges the way they were before? Ha ha ha, how silly. So I guess it *is* useful, if you work at it . . . just stupid.)
sleepy

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"I would gladly sacrifice my life to prevent the enemy from taking this lift! I mean it!"
"I would gladly sacrifice my life-"
"I would gladly sacri-"
"I would gladly sacrifice my life to prevent the enemy from-"
"I would gladly sacrifice my life to prevent the enemy from taking this lift! I mean it!"
"I would gladly sacrifice my life to prevent the enemy from taking this lift! I mean it!"
"I would-"
"I would-"
"I would gladly sacrifice my life to prevent the enemy from taking this lift! I-"
"I would gladly sacrifice my life to prevent the enemy from taking this lift! I mean it!"
"I would gladly sacrifice my life to prevent the-"
"I would gladly sacrifice my life to prevent the enemy from taking this lift! I mean it!"

(My boss is apparently changing some of the audio system :P)
sleepy

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Does anybody know why IE occasionally decides to interpret "clicking on the bottom of the scroll bar" as "scroll down two pages" instead of "scroll down one page"? It's really odd. Never seen this particular bug before.
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