Archive for June 28th, 2005
It’s hard to imagine how annoying this thing is. I don’t understand why it makes me so angry, because it doesn’t take that much time to work around. But it makes me want to throw my monitor through the window.
When I’m reading e-mail, I repeatedly hit the space bar to scroll down to the bottom, then move on to the next e-mail. When I’m reading an e-mail, I often hit the delete key when I’m done to trash it. But Thunderbird must’ve missed a usability exercise for this case, because when it jumps to e-mail in another folder, it highlights the folder rather than the e-mail. Thus, when I hit delete, it pops up this stupid dialog asking, Do you really want to delete this folder?
Of course I don’t want to delete the folder, you stupid piece of crap. If I wanted to delete a folder, I would’ve explicitly clicked on a folder. I want to delete the e-mail I’m reading.
So what are the usability problems here? There’s consistency — when I’m reading e-mail, always respond to the delete key in the same way. There’s expectation — a usable program acts how the user expects it to act. And then there’s the idea that the common tasks should be made easy, and the uncommon tasks should be more work.
Obviously, deleting a folder is a less common task than deleting e-mail.
Anyway, just had to get that off my chest. Thanks for listening, world.
It’s always fun to learn something about an organization you’re a member of by reading it in LWN. This particular instance isn’t one I greatly care about, but I’d prefer to see a different precedent set.
Apparently whatever time it spends doing the readahead is about the same amount of time saved by doing it. Conclusion? I guess my disk I/O is not the rate-limiting step.
Remember that craze a couple of months ago about speeding up boot times, that bootchart program, etc?
Well, I finally started hobbling along in the bandwagon’s dust. Dropped my time to GDM login from 1:07 to 0:42 after hitting Enter on the GRUB screen, a 37% reduction, with the help of a few patches. Most of them are integrated into the latest baselayout alpha’s, and I’ll commit the XDM change soon if I hear success reports from other *dm’s.