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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Are you sure?

If you have ever used a Microsoft application you should be VERY famaliar with this question. "Are you sure you want to..." For example, I have finished with a file, so I highlight it and hit "Delete" on my keyboard. Windows kindly asks me "Are you sure you want to send this file to the Recycle Bin?" Of course I am, that's why I hit the "Delete" button. Then I right click on the Recycle Bin and select "Empty Recycle Bin". Once again Windows is kind enough to ask "Are you sure you want to permanently delete..."

Installing and uninstalling software is the same thing. So is browsing through the directories on the C drive. Going into the "Windows" folder gives you a message stating "This folder contains files that keep your system working properly." (Yeah right!) "You should not modify it's contents." Then you have to click on a link stating "Show the contents of this folder". And trust me, it gets even worse with Windows Vista. Hitting the "Windows Key" + "R" to bring up the run option (since it is no longer there in Vista) pops up a security box that you have to hit "continue" before it will do this or whatever other operation you are trying to do. You can run secpol.msc and disable this feature, however you will repeatedly get a "pop up" message saying security has been disabled, and it's nice enough to pop up right where the "Shut Down" option is so you have to hit the red X to close that before shutting down.

All these inconveniences I can deal with. So by now you're wondering where I'm going with all this. Here it is. With all of these security features, why is it that when I am using MSN to chat and I go to drop a file in the chat window (to transfer a picture to the person I'm chatting with) if I am off by a centimeter and "drop" it with my mouse on the background, it makes my chat window background the picture I am trying to send. No "Are you sure?" message pops up. Nothing like that. It just changes the whole background of the chat window to a stupid picture of a walrus with a bucket (or whatever other stupid picture I am poisioning my friends with). Then, when you go to the standard "Tools / Options" you find no way to change it back. The button to change it back is hidden with a bunch of other worthless buttons I'll never use, in the actual chat window. No text, just a tiny picture of a mountain. WTF is that about?

Although I do appreciate the OVERKILL of "Are you sure" pop up messages, lets try putting them where they are needed. I'm just sayin!


At 6:07 PM, Blogger Hannah said...

"Are you sure" frightens me as I am not sure about anything. Where I will be tomorrow, what I had for lunch, nothing. IM has many features, most of them annoying.

Great vent session!!

At 8:40 AM, Anonymous SSSPPPIIINNNEEEYYY!!! said...

Why are you blogging your husband? What has this world come too? First you force him to make your car "pretty", now no human contact! For shame!!!!


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