The Number One Sucky Thing About Computers
By WillYum. Saturday, June 2, 2012 9:56:17 PM
First, my HP laptop was laggy. Windows seemed to be doing okay but it just couldn't stop choking. Finally, it "unhibernated" (or whatever the ridiculous term might be) and I opened Chrome, logged into Starbucks Wifi, and CRASH. Okay, Chrome crashed.
I opened Opera which proceeded to load every tab that I had open last session. Which is normally great, except right now when I just needed to get to my email box and write and send this email. Nothing else mattered. Well, except maybe Pandora so I could block out the Starbucks noise....
Opera proceeded to open slowly but I finally got into my email and then Pandora was lagging out in the background. I started the email and then hit reload on the Pandora tab.
I was writing away, trying to focus as the computer would lag out and interrupt my train-of-thought every 10 to 30 seconds.
Suddenly, the whole system locked up. I realized I was getting far more angry than was appropriate (approaching the place where you pickup your laptop and chuck it through the Starbucks front door) so I stood up and walked away.
I took a five minute walk outside and when I got back? Still frozen.
So another few minutes, finally praying that the email had auto-saved and then forcing a power-off. Then I still had to wait for the reboot and five million worthless apps to load up.
These are all problems I should not ever have to deal with.
Why can't developers get this simple fact?
"Get out of the way of me getting stuff done."
This seems to be a major appeal of tablets, the environment is so controlled that crashing and lagging out seem to be rarer -- or at least less catastrophic. There are two types of activities I engage in when I sit down at this keyboard. 1) Getting shit done. 2) Screwing around.
When it's the first, I want my computer to cooperate with that perspective and place everything that is not absolutely necessary for my task at hand in the background. Opera don't load every tab. Chrome, don't crash. Windows, allocate system resources so that only my critical activities matter. HP, don't build such crappy laptops.
Imagine sitting down to write on a piece of paper and having your pen constantly run out or your paper just shred as you make the lightest touch on it.
Why do I constantly have to cater to my tools? In the generation since computers began to become a ubiquitous component of our society why must I perpetually try and fit my workflow into it's paradigm? Why can't it meet me where I need to be?
This was a big complaint about the iPhone when it was originally released -- it was a cool computer but a very sucky phone. I want my computer to work for me.
So to the OS developers out there, please, I beg you... I don't care what it takes but make sure what I have to get done is a priority and do it in a graceful way.