I’ve been using Windows 7 for a couple of weeks now, and I don’t want to sound like an angry Apple fanboy, but I’m really not that happy with it. It all seems nice on the surface, but if you scratch it a bit you find the same old problems. Regardless, I found one feature today that I absolutely love. It’s very simple, when you’re copying or moving file(s), the progress is shown on the icon for Windows Explorer, like this:
I recently installed Windows 7 for work-related purposes, and I think this screenshot is a pretty good represenation of my experience with the operating system so far.
I’ve been using the old theme for a couple of years, and in that time I’ve changed the code a lot, and recently my changes have started breaking plugins, and I have no idea what the cause is. Today I was looking for a nice movie rating plugin, I found an amazing one, but once again it looked broken. So I finally decided to look for a new theme. I’m pretty satisfied with this one, although it probably won’t be the final one.
The movie rating plugin can be seen in action on the “I Watch” page.
I’m finding it kind of funny to write about examples of bad design, so here we are again. This is another example I stumbled upon at school.
A paper napkin dispenser, looks fine and easy to use, right? Well, this dispenser is kind of a dummy, and if you pull the napkins, the dispenser doesn’t always pull new napkins down for the next person, and this suddenly reveals a new control:
A button saying “PUSH”. So, the engineers and designers at “Tork” were faced with the problem of their dispenser not dispensing new napkins, but instead of fixing the dispenser, they just added another control. Basically, the “PUSH” button just pushes a new napkin down. Dumb.