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Started by Ebadlun on 13-Sep-2013 15:06:57
Things that really piss you off - IT edition

Eclipse. Fucking pile of buggy shite.

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FleurDuMal - 13 Sep 2013 15:08:40 (#1 of 2406)

This new version of Windows which brings up little pics of the various things you have open, if you hover your mouse over the different applications. Pile o' poo.

Ebadlun - 13 Sep 2013 15:15:11 (#2 of 2406)

I've wasted so much time trying to do the following:

Project A to compile as a non-Android JAR library

Project B to be an Android app that uses the classes of project A

I had to write my own build.xml to get A to build into a jar file (yes you can 'Export' it, but I wanted something that would happen automatically when I edited a file) - you'd think that would be a common enough requirement.

And then I have THREE steps to get project B to build and run with project A. Sometimes.

And there's all the random ignoring of break points, break points you can't delete, the fact that the debugger breaks into a whole different view, the fact logcat doesn't come out on the console unless you run in the debugger. Old compile errors that hang around after you've fixed them, until you clean and rebuild four times and cast some sort of magic spell.

Say what you like about MS, VS2012 shits all over this.

Dementor - 13 Sep 2013 16:26:10 (#3 of 2406)

This new version of Windows which brings up little pics of the various things you have open, if you hover your mouse over the different applications. Pile o' poo.

"Taskbar thumbnail preview", Fleur - you can turn it off, if you like.

Lento_ - 13 Sep 2013 16:33:39 (#4 of 2406)

I had a fun one yesterday. We've just started using JSF to make some web pages. On a web page is a button, containing a bit of JSF code calling back to a Java class. JSF is clever enough to wire it up so that if the button is pressed, the class gets called. All good so far.

Then we need to turn off that functionality for a week. Instructions come through: The Button Must Not Be Pressed during this week.

Easy, I think, I'll just comment out the button. People can still read the info on the page, won't have anything to press.

Only JSF doesn't play nicely. As the JSF code is now in a comment, rather than a button, the conditional bit about only doing it when the button is pressed goes out of the window. Now it will merrily execute as soon as the page is loaded. Which is exactly what it did, kicking of the Process Which Must Not Happen.

Bastard.

pohove - 13 Sep 2013 16:37:16 (#5 of 2406)

Eclipse.

Today I am reviewing some code in a Borland C++ IDE dating from 1996. It is ever so nippy - it tells me it loaded in 171 milliseconds, yet seems to have all the features I need for exploring this ancient project.

Of course it was probably unusably slow in its day.

helbel - 13 Sep 2013 16:41:21 (#6 of 2406)

Testing localisation issues in Office. Hate.

Lento_ - 13 Sep 2013 16:42:12 (#7 of 2406)

- Testing localisation issues in

helbel - 13 Sep 2013 16:53:24 (#8 of 2406)

That too.

pohove - 13 Sep 2013 17:01:10 (#9 of 2406)

The file menu in Office 2010/13. What kind of cretins looked at that UI clusterfuck and thought: "That'll do" ? IP lawyers, perhaps.

FleurDuMal - 13 Sep 2013 17:04:39 (#10 of 2406)

"Taskbar thumbnail preview", Fleur - you can turn it off, if you like.

Really? How?

cozzer - 13 Sep 2013 17:12:52 (#11 of 2406)

The kerning on Word 2010 is all over the place

Dementor - 13 Sep 2013 17:15:30 (#12 of 2406)

Really? How?

Do you know which Windows version and edition you're using?

(Control Panel\System and Security\System) should tell you.

If it's a Pro edition then you can use GPEdit.msc, otherwise it's a (not for the faint hearted) registry tweak.

dmlc133 - 13 Sep 2013 21:16:22 (#13 of 2406)

How often, when you sort your inbox by message size, are you looking for the smallest items? Never. So why the fuck did someone decide to make smallest first the default order in Outlook 2011?

RunnyBabbit - 13 Sep 2013 21:35:00 (#14 of 2406)

Some apps and sites leave little or no white space. Yet certain users need to click in the white space [to close a context-sensitive menu, for instance.]

Gizza a bit of space, please.

When it comes to apps, Photoshop is a huge hog of white space, I've found.

RunnyBabbit - 13 Sep 2013 22:36:20 (#15 of 2406)

p.s.

If the alternative to having no white space is to create an app like Eclipse [where you can be whisked away to some obscure page in the bowels of the app by clicking the wrong icon] then give me Photoshop anyday.

Banana - 14 Sep 2013 13:48:38 (#16 of 2406)

The latest bastard 'update' for Win7 handily removed file associations for Word Starter and replaced them with Office 10, resulting in a dialog asking me to buy Office or else.

Had to set the default program for doc and docx to MS Office client virtualisation handler because of course that is obvious, my icons went back to as they were and order is restored.

Why? In the name of all that is good, would MS try such a trick?

TheExcession - 14 Sep 2013 15:38:38 (#17 of 2406)

Can I nominate cunting bastard Windows 8 and its fucking twat of a stablemate Server 2012?

Who the fuck thought it would be a good idea to put an interface designed for a phone onto a desktop and a server operating system? It's impossible to find applications and system tools unless you know the name of them (rather than being able to hunt around for stuff). Furthermore, the shitty floaty menus and hotspots it uses are an absolute bastard to use over a remote connection.

If we had a pound in our IT department for the amount of swears this pile of shit interface has generated, we'd be millionaires by now.

Policywatcher - 14 Sep 2013 15:43:11 (#18 of 2406)

> Who the fuck thought it would be a good idea to put an interface designed for a phone onto a desktop and a server operating system?

Probably the same person who thought it was a good idea to throw a shedload of confusion into whether WinForms, WPF, Silverlight, and other existing UI technologies were going to be dumped, and replaced by a "do everything in JavaScript in the Browser" mindset.

ashinlondon - 14 Sep 2013 15:47:19 (#19 of 2406)

Is Silverlight the reason for that intensely irritating pause just before it renders a folder or item when using Outlook.com, or that reloading of the page when you've already started typing out a message because it hasn't fully loaded? There was nothing wrong with the response times or functionality of the old Hotmail.com site. Plz to wheel out and shoot whoever's responsible.

grenadiglia - 14 Sep 2013 16:00:09 (#20 of 2406)

My solicitor who sends .TIF attachments totalling 53MB and then wonders why her messages don't get through. Repeatedly. Despite having been told 3 times what to do.

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