But nearly everyday I am frustrated about something that doesn't work properly, works half the time, or stops working altogether. When are we going to see solutions that plague current systems?
I'd say... Maybe one day, but not soon. In 1992, Mark Weiser
, the guy that first came up with Ubiquitous Computing
presented his view of what would be a perfect world where computers would become a tool for work, rather than the work themselves. This was 16 years ago, and right now we're not that much closer to his vision. I think the problem is that computers, software, platforms, cellphones, fridges, toasters, etc are always evolving, new stuff comes up, and integrating everything into a common platform really isn't easy (nor desirable by most money-makers
So I was wondering about every day annoyances that could be fixed that would make the computing world a better place.
* On my windows xp system my USB mouse stops being recognised once every few weeks. You'd expect there shouldn't be any problems with supported hardware after 30 years of using a mouse?
* it's impossible to track documents and previous versions when you're collaborating with others using inbuilt tools provided by any OS. You'd think it was important to see a 'communication history' of what you are working on.
* Windows updates nags even on Vista, and it there's no official mechanic to keep software up to date.
* general interface clutter, there's so many distracting options, there's way to many options to make the most of any tool.
* With xbox 360 when you play a game with one click updates get applied and the game is restarted. Why does it take 9 clicks to install a software update (next next next untick untick finish launch etc
I think that's the right attitude, be conscious about these problems, and trying to contribute to a better computing experience ourselves.
Regarding your questions..
* are you sure there isn't something wrong with your mouse or your usb ports? My previous mouse started doing that before dying, and a friend of mine's laptop also started doing that before the usb ports failed.
* google docs!
* They've sort of solved it in vista, you can say to the thing "nag me again in 4 hours", which i consider a big step forward over the "yes, please interrupt my work every 10minutes for the next 12 hours"
* i blame that on users which request idiotic features which MUST be implemented or the world will end (arguably, that could also be the developer's fault for accepting them, but they already do so much that it wouldn't be fair to blame them)
* No discussion there. Now that you talk about it.. I think i'll try to remove some steps on GridMove's install
ps: Ok, now i can get back to studying for my Mobile Computing
exam this week