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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Memo to Bill Gates...

Dear Mr Gates,

1.      If I click "Shut Down" on my computer, and - trusting on the screen telling me "Do not switch off your computer. It will turn itself off automatically when it is ready" - I walk away and leave it unattended for an hour or two (or in some cases, overnight)... but then return to find that it didn't shut down after all because "[PROGRAM ABC] is not responding. Do you still want to shut down?" (which means that, if it we're talking about a laptop that I unplugged from the power point, its battery will be nearly flattened)... you can safely assume that 98% of the time, yes, I did want it to shut down. There may be situations 1% of the time - 2%, tops - where someone takes a few hours to decide whether to force a frozen program to close or not. But these are not me.

2.      If I'm trying to use the mouse to drag half a dozen files from Small Working Folder X to Big Backup Folder Y - and, in doing so, I let the mouse hover for a second or two over Big Backup Folder Y before I actually click on it - this brief delay does not, repeat not, mean that what I really wanted to do was to copy all the 500 or 600 files from Big Backup Folder Y back to Small Working Folder X. If I'd wanted to do that, I would have opened Big Backup Folder Y, selected all the files therein, and then dragged them back to Small Working Folder X. Two quite different actions.

Kapeesh, mi hombre?

Yours sincerely,
A Microsoft User Who Has Resisted The Siren Call Of The Mac For Many Years

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