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Started by Tinymcsmithy on Oct 20, 2021 6:08:17 AM
Software that was great and did all it needed to just fine, until they messed it up

What it says on the tin.

(If anyone is feeling positive, we could do vice versa also.)

Tinymcsmithy - 21 Oct 2021 02:36:04 (#32 of 89)

Actually iTunes was once a really simple, clean and capable digital music player and catalogue system.

Then they started trying to get it to do loads of other shit.

bossab2 - 21 Oct 2021 05:06:07 (#33 of 89)

Filemaker pro

DishyFishy - 21 Oct 2021 05:52:30 (#34 of 89)

Visual Studio

I used to use it daily, and my well-being has improved beyond measure now I no longer have to.

carterbrandon - 21 Oct 2021 08:03:03 (#35 of 89)

Paintshop Pro 5 again. I've been mucking about with it for years, and maintain that doing anything more complicated than it can manage well would require training, which not many people actually have.

carterbrandon - 21 Oct 2021 08:04:41 (#36 of 89)

Also the Web. That IMG tag was the beginning of the end. Allowing pictures was a total Pandora's Box.

cozzer - 21 Oct 2021 08:20:23 (#37 of 89)

To be honest, punched cards were fine, and I don’t know why anyone moved away from them.

tasselhoff - 21 Oct 2021 08:38:13 (#38 of 89)

in the early 1980s dBase III was a perfect administrative tool.

dBase II, Shirley? IIRC dBase III came out mid-eighties (I used both before moving on to Clipper etc).

TheExcession - 21 Oct 2021 08:58:19 (#39 of 89)

#32 My main reason for not getting an iPhone was down to itunes. After installing it scanned my entire hard drive for any audio files at all (including those that were sound files for games) and put them all into a giant unsorted list, ignoring any file structure that was there in the first place.

Tinymcsmithy - 21 Oct 2021 09:00:08 (#40 of 89)

Oh, OSX knows better about file management than to have file structures.

Lento_ - 21 Oct 2021 09:51:02 (#41 of 89)

The whole Apple ethos seems to be "we know best how you should manage your stuff and use your devices". If you happen to follow how Apple thinks you should do stuff then it all works pretty well for the most part. If you don't then it's a massive pain in the arse.

LomaxFairchild - 21 Oct 2021 09:52:58 (#42 of 89)

#26 - I hoped someone would say that - thanks!

Ebadlun - 21 Oct 2021 09:57:01 (#43 of 89)

Like Finder not showing your home directory by default.

Lento_ - 21 Oct 2021 10:00:56 (#44 of 89)

Finder is by far the most irritating file browser I have ever used. I could rant on for ages about its many faults.

tasselhoff - 21 Oct 2021 10:02:07 (#45 of 89)

Any torrent client starts out great and ends up a hideous adware monster.

quattrobhoy - 21 Oct 2021 10:46:06 (#46 of 89)

#37 Paper tape was fine, too!

brooklyn - 21 Oct 2021 19:53:26 (#47 of 89)

it was dBase III - my time estimate must be off.

Policywatcher - 21 Oct 2021 19:17:35 (#48 of 89)

On the PDP-11's that had a fanfold paper tape reader, paper tape was amazing.

The tape would be folded, in opposite directions, at about 6" length, to form a tight zigzag stack.

Secure with a couple of rubber bands, and it's far safer than a reel.

And the reader was clever.

Stand the stack upright on one side (without rubber bands of course), feed the lead into the reading head, trigger the read and stand back.

The clever part is that as it unfolded the tape and read it, it re-folded and re-stacked it in the output hopper, so you lifted it out in exactly the same state it went in.

None of all the tedious rewinding and spooling and messing about. And in a storage drawer, you could mange the tapes far better than spooled tape.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l--OHNxXFeE

The video shows how it worked - but not how WELL - their example is reading from the tape and printing to a slow matrix printer, waiting for each printed character.

For loading a tape to memory, you would not BELIEVE how fast those suckers would shove the tape from side to side.

InternationalVicar - 24 Oct 2021 07:54:50 (#49 of 89)

You could have more fun with the reels of paper tape, though.

Catspyjamas17 - 24 Oct 2021 08:33:34 (#50 of 89)

Oh god yes Adobe Acrobat. Did a free trial of the pro version, I could barely get it to work and my laptop ground to a halt. Was the quickest free trial ever.

6to24characters - 24 Oct 2021 08:51:47 (#51 of 89)

Scratching marks on clay tablets was all you need

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